EXPLORE THE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY

IT careers involve the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has a revolutionary impact on the economy and society. In addition to careers in the IT industry, IT careers are available in every sector of the economy from Financial Services to Medical Services, from Business to Engineering and Environmental Services.

Top 6 Careers in Demand in Illinois

Information Security Analysts
94%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $94,120

database architect
89%

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $89,880

Computer User Support Specialists
50%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma, Associates Degree, On the Job Training, Vocational Training

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $50,730

Data Warehousing Specialists
89%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $89,880

information technology project managers
89%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $88,250

database administrators
90%

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $90,070

Career Pathways

Network Design and Administration:
Communications Analyst
Data Communications Analyst
Information Systems Administrator
Information Systems Operator
Information Technology Engineer
Network Consulting Engineer
Network Pre-Sales Engineer
Network:
Administrator
Analyst
Architect
Engineer
Manager
Operations Analyst
Security Analyst
Specialist
Technician
Transport Administrator
PC Support Specialist
Systems:
Administrator
Engineer
Support Lead
Technical Support Specialist
User Support Specialist
Telecommunications
Network Technician

Database Development and Administration:
Data: Administrator
Analyst
Architect
Management Associate
Modeler
Modeling Specialist
Database:
Administration Associate
Administrator
Analyst
Developer
Manager
Modeler
Security Expert
DSS (Decision Support Services)
Knowledge Architect
Senior:
Database Administrator
Systems Analyst
Systems:
Administrator
Analyst
Tester
Technical Writer:
Desktop Publisher
Document Specialist
Documentation Specialist
Editor
Electronic Publications Specialist
Publisher
Instructional Designer
Online Publisher
Technical Communicator
Editor
Publications Manager
Writer
Technical Support:
Analyst
Call Center Support Representative
Content Manager
Customer:
Liaison
Service Representative
Service Professional
Help Desk Specialist
Technician
Maintenance Technician
PC Support Specialist
PC Systems
Coordinator
Product Support Engineer
Sales Support Technician
Technical:
Account Manager
Support Engineer
Support Representative
Testing Engineer
Enterprise Systems Analysis and Integration:
Application Integrator
Business Continuity Analyst
Cross-Enterprise
Integrator
Data:
Systems Designer
Systems Manager
Warehouse Designer
E-Business Specialist
Electronic Transactions Implementer
Information Systems:
Architect
Planner
Systems:
Analyst
Architect
Integrator

Digital Media:
2D/3D Artist
Animator
Audio/Video Engineer
Designer
Media Specialist
Media/Instructional Designer
Multimedia:
Author
Authoring Specialist
Developer
Specialist
Producer
Production Assistant
Programmer
Streaming Media Specialist
Virtual Reality Specialist
Web:
Designer
Producer
Specialist
Web:
Administrator
Architect
Designer
Page Developer
Producer
Site Developer
Specialist
Webmaster
Web Developer
Social Networking Specialist
Blog Developer
Search Engine Marketing Specialist
Search Engine Optimization Specialist

Applications:
Analyst
Engineer
Business Analyst
Computer Engineer
Data Modeler
Operating System:
Designer/Engineer
Programmer Analyst
Program Manager *
Programmer
Programmer/Analyst
Project Lead
Software Applications:
Specialist
Architect
Design Engineer
Development Engineer
Engineer
QA Specialist
Tester
Systems:
Analyst
Administrator
Test Engineer
Tester

District Specific Pathways

Pathway Courses: Network Systems

Year 1 – – Computer Science Essentials / Technology Concepts

Year 2 – Computer Science Essentials / Technology Concepts

Year 3 – BACC Computer Technology & Networking i

Year 4 – – BACC Computer Technology & Networking II

*Related Electives: Intro to Oral Communication/Advanced Speech, Principles of Engineering, AP Calculus, AP
Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Physics C, AP Statistics, Entrepreneurship/Internship, FBLA

School Related Activities:Athletics, Math League, Scholastic Bowl, Tech Club, Girls Who Code, Drama Club
Tech Crew, Speech Team, FBLA, Maker Club

College Majors (examples): Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science,
Information Technology, System Administration, Web page/Multimedia

Certifications Heartland:Computer Support Specialist, Computer Networking Windows, Computer
Networking CISCO Academy

Pathway Courses: Programming & Software Development

Year 1 – Computer Science Essentials / Technology Concepts
Year 2 – Computer Science Essentials / Technology Concepts
Year 3 – AP Computer Science Principles
Year 4 – AP Computer Science A

*Related Electives: Intro to Oral Communication/Advanced Speech, Principles of Engineering, Graphic Design I & II, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C, AP Statistics, Entrepreneurship/Internship

School Related Activities: Athletics, Math League, Scholastic Bowl, Tech Club, Girls Who Code, Drama Club
Tech Crew, Speech Team, FBLA
College Majors (examples) Artificial Intelligence and Robotics , Computer Information Systems , Computer
Engineering , Computer Programming , Computer Science , Information Technology , System Administration ,
Webpage/Multimedia

Certifications Heartland: Computer Networking Windows, Computer Networking CISCO Academy

Pathway Courses: Web & Digital Communications

Year 1 – Computer Applications/Web Page Design
Year 2 – Animation & Rendering
Year 3 – Digital Media Production
Year 4 – Advanced Digital Media Production

*Related Electives: Intro Oral Communication/Advanced Speech, Business Management, Principles of
Engineering, Graphic Design I & II, Entrepreneurship/Internship, Computer Science Essentials, AP Computer Science Principles, Desktop Publishing, Photography I & II, Drawing and Painting I & II

School Related Activities: Athletics, Math League, Scholastic Bowl, Tech Club, Girls Who Code, Drama Club
Tech Crew, Speech Team, FBLA
Certifications Heartland: Communication Graphics, Web Design Skills, Web Media Designer, Digital Imaging,
and Digital Media Communication Core

Course Offerings: Core Curriculum, Intro to Business, Sports Marketing, Economics, Computer Programming, Video Game Development, Accounting I and II, Career Seminar, Corporate Literacy, Probability and Statistics, STEM, Ag Business Management, Speech, Senior Internship

Other Opportunities: BACC Computer Networking and Technology, AP Computer Science Principles (taught at Tri-Valley)

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    Girls World Expo

    When: March 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Where: Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center, 1413 Leslie Drive Bloomington, IL 61704

     

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    STEAM Club

    When: September 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Where: Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave. Normal, IL 61761

    Join us on the second Thursday of the month for STEAM Club Meetings, September through November. All kids between the ages of 5 and 12 are invited

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    CodeDay 2018

    When: November 10, 2018 – November 11, 2018 all-day
    Where: Weslyan

    CodeDay is a worldwide event where student programmers, artists, musicians, actors, and everyone else can get together and build apps & games for 24 hours.

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