Information Technology

Maybe you used to shop more at the mall but now order things online. Smart electronics can give directions, and even turn on your oven while you’re out. You can push a button to start your car and immediately stop to move the bicycle that showed up in your backup camera. Who’s responsible for these tools?

Workers in the information technology (IT) industry develop the software and hardware that make our lives easier, and they fix and help us use these tools. As organizations and individuals face the threats and consequences of data theft, they need information security analysts to maintain online privacy. In New Mexico, this occupation has the highest expected percentage of new job growth in the IT career cluster. Because they occur in almost any industry, three IT occupations are likely to be among those that have the largest number of new jobs in New Mexico: applications software developers, computer user support specialists, and computer systems analysts.

All IT jobs are professional, and most new jobs will require postsecondary education. IT careers can be found in many work settings. The kinds of organizations most likely to employ more IT workers include custom computer programming companies; computer systems design companies; corporate and regional managing offices; software publishers and data processing and hosting businesses.

IT has changed the technical skills required in many occupations. While reducing the availability of some jobs, it has also produced totally new career options. As IT continues to evolve, we will need to keep pace with its changes in our workplaces.