If you’re just starting out in information technology, use these documents to explore different careers, find ways to get started and how much you can expect to get paid.
Compiled by CompTIA’s ITSS Community, these career descriptions focus on positions companies have the hardest time filling, and what kind of skills you’ll need to succeed. The descriptions also include educational paths and certifications to get you started. To compare jobs at a glance, see the related IT Earning Index.
Hear what Amber has to say about her career as a senior project manager.
Project managers determine the size and scope of a project and create a plan for execution. They must be at once detail oriented and able to see the big picture, while offering direction and guidance to the people working on the project. Project managers are creative, resourceful and great at time management. Download the full job description.
Excellent project managers earn their keep. Salaries range from $60,000 to $130,000, depending on the level of expertise and geographic location. Use the IT Earning Index to compare multiple jobs and pay.
On the job, successful project managers:
Get started in project management by earning your CompTIA Project+ Certification.
Meet Adrienne, who loves her job as a tech support specialist, also known as a help desk technician.
Choose your path in mobile, cloud and traditional technologies as a tech support specialist. For an entry-level IT profession, you’ll be given a lot of responsibilities, from installing software desk-to-desk in multinational enterprises to troubleshooting networks of devices for small startups and family businesses. Download the full job description.
Tech support specialists can start working with just a little training, and make good money right out of the gate. Salaries range from $45,000 to $92,000, depending on the level of expertise and geographic location. Use the IT Earning Index to compare multiple jobs and pay.
On the job, successful tech support specialists:
Get started in tech support by earning your CompTIA A+ Certification..
Find out what Tim enjoys about his career as a network engineer specialist.
As a network engineer, you’ll set up wireless networks, manage routers and sniff out the problems within the network. Networking is closely tied to security, and network engineers are often responsible for securing routers, programming firewalls and detecting intrusions. Download the full job description.
Salaries for network engineers range from $45,000 to $150,000, depending on the level of expertise and geographic location. Use the IT Earning Index to compare multiple jobs and pay.
On the job, successful network engineers:
Get started in networking engineering with a CompTIA Network+ Certification..