Information Technology
Professionals Overview and
Job Roles
Mr. Gallagan
After This Lesson You
Will Be Able To:
 Score an 80% or better on a matching learning
assessment relating to IT Professional career
choices discussed during the lesson.
 Identify and explain what career fields are
available to IT Professionals and what the
functions of those careers and how they will
impact your career choice.
 Identify what specialty area you would like to
commit to in the IT Academy here at DACC for 2nd
Semester and your senior year.
Did You Know 3.0?
 During the short video, write down one thing
that really stood out to you.
 We will share with the group.
Did You Know 3.0?
Your Reaction
 Your reaction to the video? (Notes)
 How does this affect you and how do you
affect the future?
 You can change the world from where you
are at. We will look at how it can be done.
Information Technology
 Information Technology = Refers to all
aspects of managing and processing
information using computers and computer
 Professional = exhibits a courteous,
conscientious and generally businesslike
manner in the workplace; following a line of
conduct as though it were a profession.
Information Technology Careers
 IT Departments are in many companies
large and small. (Greif Corporation, SW
 Do you know anyone in an IT Career?
 IT is a career with many open positions
even in a down economy like now. Why?
 Computers are the new blast furnaces….
12 Information Technology Careers
 Web Site Designer
 Web Application
 Web Site Managers
 Web Site Analysts
 Web Architect
 Database
Administrators - DBA
Server Administrators
Network Engineers
Security Managers
PC Repair Technician
Help Desk Technician
CIO – Chief
Information Officer
IT Careers Notes
 Pick a card from the helmet – Using the card you
have go online and search the career you have
been given.
 Write down in 1 or 2 sentences some information
about that career on the back of the card you were
 We will share with the class and cover all of them
between everybody.
 Write down the notes colored in gold on your
sheets relating to that career.
Web Site Designer
 Responsible for the organization and
appearance of a web site. (Front End)
Web Application Developer
 Develops primarily server side
 Build and test web pages and
 Usually proficient in programming
languages such as java and CSS.
(Back End)
Web Site Managers
 Manages all the members of a web
development team.
 In small companies, may actually
perform all of the roles by themselves.
Web Site Analysts
 Analyzes web site statistics to
determine its effectiveness.
 Develop strategies to drive traffic to a
Web Architect
 Responsible for creating the overview
plan of web sites development.
 Usually manage the designer and
 They are the middleman between
designers and Web Site Manager.
 Good project managers.
Database Administrators
 Responsible for maintenance and security of
an organizations database resources and
Server Administrators
 Manages and maintains network servers.
Network Engineers
 Manages and maintains network
Security Managers
 Manages the security measures used to
protect electronic data.
PC Repair Technician
 Installs, modifies and repairs personal
computer hardware components.
Help Desk Technician
 Diagnoses and resolves users technical
hardware and software problems.
CIO – Chief Information Officer
 The top position in a company regarding
information technology.
The Future of Information
Technology Careers
 Currently a pyramid model - Many entry-level
positions and fewer positions as you move
towards the top. (The World is Flat)
The Future of Information
Technology Careers
 It will move to a
diamond shaped
model – Few entrylevel due to
outsourcing, many
mid-level and few
high-level positions.
Skills Needed to be a successful
IT Professional
 IBeam Solutions CEO Eric Schmidt says:
 More soft skills vs just technical skills.
 Ability to plan project, including estimating
costs and budgeting money.
 Writing skills to complete reports and give
direction to team members.
 Ability to work with vendors to obtain cost
and time estimates.
IT professionals will need to have
 General business knowledge – how business works.
 Negotiating skills
 Intercultural skills (Use common greetings and common
 Project management skills
 The ability to make informed decisions and fulfill
 Good listening skills (Seek first to understand then to be
understood. This means listen before you talk.)
Matching Assignment
 Review your notes
 Complete the matching assignment Mr. G
will be passing out to you.
Where to Go From Here?
 Ohio Occupational Outlook Handbook
Ohio Occupational Handbook
Ohio Occupational Handbook
Your Future in the IT Academy
 Interactive Media
 Information Support and Services
 Networking
 Fill out the worksheet to help you decide
where you will spend the next year and ½.

Information Technology Overview and Job Roles