The economy is changing, and the American workforce with it. As our high-tech economy develops, many thousands of advanced IT (Information Technology) positions are being created. These jobs are sophisticated, interesting, and rewarding careers with plenty of room for advancement. Work is about getting paid, but a career should be about more than just making a living. A career should be about doing something that you're proud of. That sort of fulfillment can seem hard to come by in today's workforce.
In the wealthiest, most advanced nation in the history of the world, over half of Americans are unhappy with the job they have. The Conference Board, a global market research firm, has conducted a widely-cited job satisfaction study for over 20 years. Their first survey, in 1987, found that over 61% of people were satisfied with their career. By last year, that number had dropped to an all-time low of 45.3%. It's not just that people aren't making enough money – many feel frustrated and bored by the repetitiveness of their workday and the lack of creativity in their daily tasks.
Many of us choose to define ourselves by what we do: I'm a mechanic, I'm a sales manager, I'm a Web designer." What does it mean when almost 55% percent of us are unsatisfied with the career path we've chosen? Something is terribly wrong.
We at University Bound believe in the American Dream. We believe that every person has the right to do something they love. Beyond that, we believe that with dedication, smart choices, and hard work, every person has the ability to succeed. You may not have the foresight or the garage space to be the next Bill Gates– you may be too old to go to astronaut school, and unfortunately, "pirate" is not a legitimate profession, but it's not too late to have an exciting, well-paid, and fulfilling job in the IT field. It is a job sector that is expanding massively as new technology and growing network capabilities increase demand for computer and Web-savvy technology professionals.
These are high-paying, skilled jobs in growing markets: almost all of our IT school subcategories (computer programming, web design, etc.) have healthy growth rates, significantly higher than the 8.2% expansion for all civilian jobs forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2008-2018. The BLS predicts that career opportunities for computer and information systems managers will grow by 17%, computer software engineers by 32%, and Computer network, system and database administrators (the category that includes database administrators, Web designers, and IT security professionals) by 30%. There are a growing number of good jobs available, but openings are expected to be competitive.