Information Technology (IT) is a broad term referring to many jobs in ‘technology’, that involve studying, designing, developing, testing, implementing, supporting, or managing computer-based information systems. Many other computer science careers fall under IT.
Software Development is designing, writing, and testing computer applications software, as well as updating or modifying existing software. Learn more here.
Database Administration is a specialized role managing and maintaining databases, typically employed by organizations that store large amounts of data.
Network and Systems Administration is responsible for managing local (LAN) and wide area computer networks (WAN) for an organization.
Support roles provide advice and solutions to problems with software applications, both within organizations and externally.
Technical Program Management provides leadership to ensure that products are delivered on time, are in scope, and are of high quality.
Salaries for information technology vary widely depending on role, geographic location, and level of experience. From the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary (that is, the middle salary of all people from all over the country with all levels of experience) for 2016 is $82,860.
Do your research to get a better sense of what specific companies in particular cities are paying entry-level software engineers. Check out Glassdoor and Salary.com to get an idea. Also, a cost of living calculator can be very useful when trying to compare salaries in different parts of the country.
Organizations and Alumni
Many technology companies and young start-ups are informal, and for programming, app development, or computer science jobs, your demonstrated experience, contacts through the Computer Science department or the Northern Bites team, and direct outreach to the company may be the best way to identify opportunities and land a job. Before you turn to internet job boards to locate opportunities, we strongly recommend that you make sure you are also utilizing eBEAR and LACN (sites with postings specifically targeting Bowdoin Students) and networking with family, friends, professors, former employers, and members of the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network.