The largest demographic group in the United States is heading for retirement. Of course, this will mean something very different for many Baby Boomers than for older generations. Boomers have maintained their health and stayed in the job market longer thanany other generation of citizens in our country's history.
As they grow older, Baby Boomers will require more frequent, specialized medical care.
They will also want to maintain connections with careers and family for as long as possible. Therefore, expect to see continued growth in fields that cater to their wishes. The assisted living industry will continue to outpace other areas of healthcare, while growing teams of social workers will help care for less fortunate Baby Boomers.
Despite fears that many American companies look overseas for development of new technology, the rapid advance of ideas and the need for constant upgrades assure U.S. technology professionals of consistent job security over the next ten years.
Businesses of all kinds have found themselves locked into the equivalent of an arms race with their competitors. Companies must provide their teams with the best equipment and resources, or face defeat.
Likewise, continual innovation assures technology workers infrastructure that requires new machines, cables, and other equipment will have to be installed every few years. Even Internet infrastructure, which was designed to provide nearly limitless connections, is being overhauled to accommodate a previously unimaginable number of new devices. Therefore, IT professionals who specialize in networking, installation, and support will remain in demand as more businesses rely on new technology to help them compete.
Systems analysts work with businesses to improve their computer systems and networks. They bring a background in both business and information technology together to analyze and make recommendations for more efficient and effective operations. According to the BLS, systems analysts earned a median salary of $87,220 in 2016. Systems analyst job growth is projected to be around average at nine percent through 2026.
Databases are an essential part of nearly all modern business operations, and database administrators are trained to maintain and modify electronic databases. Some database administrators create, modify and enter data into databases, others spend most of their time keeping databases up and running and responding to individual user queries or problems. The BLS reports that database administrators earned a median salary of $84,950 in 2016. Given the increasing demand for database professionals, the BLS is anticipating a strong 11 percent job growth for the occupation through 2026.
Computer networks are the backbone of information technology. Network administrators are the professionals who install, maintain and support computer networks. Working as a network admin requires both basic programming skills and keeping up with the latest developments in networking hardware. Network administrators took home a median salary of $79,700 in 2016. Job prospects are average for network admins, with six percent job growth projected through 2026.
IT/Computer Support Specialists
IT support specialists, sometimes called tech support or user support specialists, help employees and/or clients who are having computer-related problems. Some IT support staff are hired by large enterprises to support employees; others are hired by companies to offer technical support to users of computers and other information technology-related devices. Tech support specialists earned a median salary of $52,160 in 2016. IT support staff positions are projected to increase by around 11 percent between 2016 and 2026.