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Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you make. One of the ways to explore career options is through the 16 Career Clusters® identified by the U.S. Department of Education. They include Information Technology (IT)—defined as "entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services." Key opportunities in the IT field are listed among the "Fastest Growing Occupations" by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, including:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Support and Services
  • Network Systems
  • Programming and Software Development
  • Web and Digital Communications

The skills gained from participating in the Technology Student Association’s Middle School Competitions and High School Competitions—ranging from Cybersecurity and CompTIA ITF+ Certification to Software Development and Computer Aided Design; System Control Technology to Technology Bowl; Forensic Technology to Webmaster—offer pathways to careers in IT.

TSA has partnered with CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry that has launched initiatives to interest teens in tech careers. You can learn more about a career as a technologist through the resources listed below.

By the Numbers:

  • Current net tech employment in the United States jumped to 11.8 million in 2018.
  • 261,000 new jobs added in tech in 2018.
  • Largest and fastest growing category of tech careers: 1.5 million software and web developers.
  • The median tech occupation wage is $81,907—92 percent higher than the median national wage for all occupations.
  • Nearly 3.7 million postings for tech occupation jobs in 2018.
  • Tech ranks 6th in job creation since 2010, among the rankings of 22 top-level occupation categories.
  • 525,000 tech business establishments in the United States.
  • The tech sector has an estimated direct economic impact of $1.8 trillion, making it one of the largest industries in the U.S. economy.
  • An estimated 1.8 million cybersecurity jobs will go unfilled nationwide by 2022, according to a report by TechRepublic.
  • Forbes reports the five most valuable U.S. companies are tech firms posting a combined market capitalization of more than $365 billion in early 2018.

What do Teens Think of Technology Careers?

new survey finds seven in 10 teens are open to the possibility of working in the tech arena. And since 2012, net interest in the field has increased by 10 percentage points. When presented as specific occupations, such as working with robotics or designing apps, interest is even higher. The report also shows teens' positive perceptions of tech careers include:

  • good pay
  • creative opportunities
  • use of technology to make a difference
  • high job availability
  • appealing work environment
  • well-respected positions

Filling the Pipeline—How YOU can Take the IT Career Path:

News on Careers in Tech:

News on TSA and CompTIA: