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What Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects Do
Information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects all use information technology (IT) to advance their organization’s goals. Security analysts ensure a firm’s information stays safe from cyberattacks. Web developers create websites to help firms have a public face. Computer network architects create the internal networks all workers within organizations use.
Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increase.
Information security analysts typically do the following:
Computer network architects, or network engineers, design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from a small connection between two offices to a multinational series of globally distributed communications systems. Network architects must have thorough knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.
Computer network architects typically do the following:
Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. They also may create content for the site.
Web developers typically do the following:
Many of these workers are employed in computer systems design and related services firms. Most information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects work full time.
The following table shows the industries that employed the most information security analysts, web developers and computer network architects in 2010:
How to Become an Information Security Analyst, Web Developer, or Computer Network Architect
Most of these workers have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Information security analysts and network architects usually need experience in a related occupation, and additional knowledge of web programming languages can be helpful for web developers.
The median annual wage of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects was $75,660 in May 2010.
Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for all three occupations should be favorable.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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