At a Glance…

More than a quarter of the $3.8 trillion global information and communication technology market resides in the United States, where it has created upwards of 10.5 million jobs. In California alone, where Silicon Valley has become synonymous with the rapidly evolving world of technology, this industry accounts for 12.6% of the state’s economy, while providing more than one million jobs across the state. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.

Types of Careers

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • LAN Support Technician
  • Software/Hardware Installer
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Data Communications Specialist
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Web Designer
  • Webmaster
  • Database Administrator
  • Technical Writer

Salary Snapshot

  • Computer User Support Specialists: $59,784
  • Computer Systems Analysts: $95,692
  • Software Developers, Systems Software: $124,659
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers: $164,951
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators: $91,493
  • Computer Network Support Specialists: $72,234
  • Computer Network Architects: $116,531
  • Information Security Analysts: $100,949

Annual wages are based on 2,080 work hours per year.

Industry Sector Pathways

  • Web Design/Development
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MSCE)
  • Communication Technology: Sound, Wireless, Electronic
  • Computer Information Systems, Software/Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming, C++, Java
  • Computer Science
  • Database Design/Management, MIS, Systems Development, UNIX, MYSQL
  • Hardware Specialist, Computer Maintenance, Help Desk, IT Technician
  • Information Security, Cyber Security, Computer Forensics
  • Information/Computer Technology/Literacy
  • Internet/Web Authoring, E-Commerce, Mobile Applications
  • Networking/Computer Support, CISCO: CCNA & CCNP, A+, N+

Consider a Career in Information & Communication Tech