What to Expect with an Entry Level IT Job

By Lauren Fairbanks

Jobs in the IT industry are hot positions right now. With more and more companies moving over to more efficient online and tech solutions, the IT field has been blowing up in recent years, and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon.

Jobs in information technology can span a wide range of responsibilities - one of the most common being computer support specialists and systems administrators. Since most, if not all, companies need at least one person on staff to maintain their computers and networks, it's no surprise that system administrator positions have been one of the fasting growing careers of the last 10 years.

So what can information technology majors expect from an entry-level IT job?

  • Hours are pretty standard in the 40 hours a week category, although you'll need to be aware that when technical problems arise, you may have to deal with some early hours or late evenings if there's an emergency issue. Working out technical glitches outside or normal 9-5 office hours is pretty standard to be able to accommodate your clients.
  • Plan to look for work in all all sectors of a variety of industries. Although, a vast majority of companies in the banking, administrative support services, educational institutions, government agencies, insurance companies and telecommunications companies hired an unproportionately large number of entry level IT workers.
  • Be prepared to get additional certifications to set yourself apart from other IT job applicant, like the MCITP certification from Microsoft, and keep up to date with the latest in the information technology realm.
  • Entry level salaries for IT specialists can range from the low 40K's to the mid 50K's depending on company and location. Although help desk and technical support roles typically pay less, in the 30K to 45K range.

As for job responsibilities, they can vary from the more mundane daily backups and system maintenance to more in depth problem solving, utilizing an IT specialist's analytical and trouble shooting skills. According to Wikipedia, IT specialists and system administrators can expect some of the following day-to-day tasks:

  • Performing routine software and system updates
  • Installing new hardware
  • Performing daily system backups
  • Updating operating systems
  • Answering technical queries
  • Toubleshooting any possible tech problems

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