Your Research Guide to a Career in Information Technology or Communications
By Jasen Williams, vice president of agency relations at RecruiMilitary and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps
I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about information technology and telecommunications and the job opportunities in those fields.
EMPLOYMENT / OUTPUT TABLE
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, has published projections on employment in the Information sector of the economy for the years 2012 through 2022. That sector has an NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code of 51. For an explanation of NAICS codes, see “Your Guide to Industrial and Occupational Employment Statistics”.
The BLS describes the Information sector on an “Industries at a Glance” page.. That page provides various statistics, including employment, unemployment, and openings, hires, and separations; employment by occupation; earnings and hours; earnings by occupation; and numbers of establishments.
The Information sector includes:
The Manufacturing sector includes:
Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, has 10 chapters on Computer and Information Technology Occupations. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, the work environment, qualifications, pay, job outlook, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.
The Handbook also has chapters on related occupations:
The Association for Computing Machinery is an educational and scientific society that provides a digital library and serves its members via publications, conferences, and career resources.
Members of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have free access to more than 3,500 online courses.
Industry associations are another excellent source of information. The websites of the associations listed below have linked lists of their members, and most of the members’ sites have “jobs” or “careers” or “opportunities” pages.
To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in IT and telecommunications, I suggest that you read magazines and media websites on the subjects. Most of the magazines are available in print and online. In the listings below, the name of the publisher follows the name of the magazine or site.
CIO; for chief information officers International Data Group
CNET CBS Interactive
CSO; for chief security officers International Data Group
Computer IEEE Computer Society
Computerworld International Data Group
Datamation QuinStreet Enterprise
eWeek QuinStreet Enterprise
ExtremeTech Ziff Davis, LLC
InformationWeek UBM Tech
InfoWorld International Data Group
IT Business Edge QuinStreet Enterprise
ITworld International Data Group
Macworld International Data Group
Maximum PC Future US
Network World International Data Group
PC Magazine Ziff Davis, LLC
PCWorld International Data Group
Small Business Computing QuinStreet Enterprise
Website Magazine Website Magazine
Audio Media International NewBay Media, LLC
AV Network NewBay Media, LLC
Cablefax Access Intelligence LLC
CE Pro EH Publishing
CED Advantage Business Media
Commercial Integrator EH Publishing
Multichannel News NewBay Media, LLC
TV Technology NewBay Media, LLC
Urgent Communications Penton
Wireless Design & DevelopmentAdvantage Business Media
Wireless Week Advantage Business Media
By Jasen Williams