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.


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:

Telecommunications (NAICS 517)

Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services (NAICS 518)

The Manufacturing sector includes:

Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing (NAICS 334)


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:

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Desktop Publishers

Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Repairers

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

Computer Hardware Engineers


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.

Semiconductor Industry Association

The Information Technology Industry Council

Telecommunications Industry Association


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

Telecomfile TelecomFile

TV Technology NewBay Media, LLC

Urgent Communications Penton

Wireless Design & DevelopmentAdvantage Business Media

Wireless Week Advantage Business Media

By Jasen Williams