Let's Explore Information Technology

Welcome to the Information Technology Pathway

Explore careers that focus on the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. This pathway prepares students for diverse roles from network and user support specialists to software developers, equipping them with the skills necessary to thrive in the technology industry.

Careers Within the Industry

From providing technical assistance to developing complex software, careers in Information Technology offer a wide array of opportunities to make a significant impact on the digital world. Here are some exciting career paths you can explore:

Network and User Support Specialists

Network and User Support Specialists provide technical assistance to computer users. They answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, over the phone, or electronically.

Information Security Analysts

Information Security Analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

Database Administrators

Database Administrators use software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They ensure data is available to users and secure from unauthorized access.

Web Developers

Web Developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site and its technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity.

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer Systems Analysts analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns.

Software Developers

Software Developers develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. They analyze user needs and develop software solutions.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Network and Computer Systems Administrators design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets.

Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians

Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians assist scientists or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases.

Information Technology Careers in Action

Brandon Larrabee is a geographic information systems specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Larrabee works to create digital representations of geographic areas to help with land restoration projects and environmental analysis.

Emma Overmyer is an associate 3D artist at Pipeworks Studios, a video game developer in Eugene, Oregon. As a 3D artist, Overmyer works on a variety of creative projects with the goal of building immersive worlds.

David Van Hook serves as the Director of Information Technology (IT) at Living Opportunities, a non-profit organization in Oregon. His role involves managing the organization’s technological infrastructure and exploring the use of technology in assisting people with disabilities.

Is This Career Path Right for You?

If you enjoy reading technical materials and diagrams, solving technical problems, reasoning clearly and logically to solve complex problems, playing video games and figuring out how they work, or working with computers, a career in Information Technology might be perfect for you. This pathway is ideal for those who are persistent, precise and accurate, big-picture thinkers, have good concentration skills, and are logical/analytical thinkers.

Essential Interests:

  • Enjoy reading technical materials and diagrams, and solving technical problems
  • Interested in reasoning clearly and logically to solve complex problems
  • Passionate about playing video games and figuring out how they work
  • Like working with computers

Essential Skills:

  • Strong persistence and accuracy
  • Big-picture thinking and good concentration skills
  • Logical and analytical thinking

Essential Knowledge:

  • Understanding of computer science and communications
  • Knowledge of engineering and information technology

Career Planning Action Plan​

Get prepared for a career in information technology!

STEP 1: start by taking classes in any of the following subject areas:

  • Computer Science: study the principles of computing, including programming, algorithms, and data structures.
  • Communications: improve skills in reading, writing, and verbal communication.
  • Engineering: gain knowledge in designing, building, and maintaining technology systems.
  • Information Technology: learn about the hardware, software, and systems integration services that support modern technology.

STEP 2: explore and plan your career path:

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your interests.
  • Identify relevant classes and dual-credit opportunities.
  • Explore community activities for skill-building.
  • Research jobs on the Quality Info Website.

STEP 3: assess and refine your career goals:

  • Create a career and college plan with your advisor.
  • Complete the interest profile, skills assessment, and reality check on the Oregon CIS Website.
  • Watch Career Journey Videos to gain insights from industry professionals.

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Information Technology in Oregon

Career Planning

High-demand Jobs in Oregon

Here are three careers in high demand right now in Oregon.

Computer User Support Specialists

Education: High School Diploma to Associate’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $51,000

Duties: Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, over the phone, or electronically.

Why it's in demand: With the widespread use of technology in all sectors, the need for technical support specialists to assist users and maintain systems is consistently high.

Web Developers

Education: Associate’s Degree to Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $75,000

Duties: Design and create websites, ensuring the site is functional, visually appealing, and easy to navigate.

Why it's in demand: As the internet continues to grow, businesses and organizations need skilled web developers to create and maintain their online presence.

Cybersecurity Analysts

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $99,000

Duties: Plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

Why it's in demand: With the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, there is a high demand for cybersecurity analysts who can protect data and maintain secure systems.

Essential Student Links for Further Exploration

Career OneStop

Career OneStop Take this 30-question interest assessment to help you match your interests with exciting careers.

Link to Interest Assessment | Career OneStop
Career Journeys

Career Journeys Watch young Oregonians in high-demand trades share their career journeys and give you a window into their workday.

Watch the Career Journeys Stories
Oregon Career Pathways

Oregon Career Pathways: Explore career pathways through the Oregon Employment Department to understand the education and training needed for different occupations. Learn which jobs are in highest demand and what they pay.

Oregon Career Pathways
Oregon Department of Education Career Exploration

Community & Workforce Training: The Business and Management Career Learning Area focuses on the business and entrepreneurial needs of Oregon’s students as they prepare to enter and succeed in the world of business. The careers in this area span virtually every industry in the world.

Oregon Department of Education Business and Management Page
The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS): provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. We work with schools, colleges, social agencies, and businesses who provide career guidance and employee development services. They use CIS products with their students, clients, customers, and employees to assist them with the process of career planning or career transition.

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

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