Visiting a typical information technology department, you wouldn’t know 6 million jobs have been lost in the U.S. Cubicles remain full and pocketbooks fat. In fact, with the growing need of companies to have websites and databases that track and streamline their businesses, IT careers will remain one of the fastest growing careers on the planet. Luckily, you can start a career in IT after only a few years of school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT careers are growing at twice the rate of most other careers.

Computer software engineer careers will grow by 38 percent through 2016, equaling 324,000 new jobs. These jobs will make $79,000 on average per year. The top 10 percent of software engineers make over $120,000 per year.

Computer science and database administration careers will grow by 37 percent, equaling 200,000 new positions which make $94,000 per year on average. The top 10 percent make well over $145,000 annually.

Computer and information systems managers will increase by 16 percent, equaling 43,000 new jobs that make $101,000 average annually.

Those wishing to start a career in IT can earn a degree in a matter of years with classes built around their schedule. Kaplan University’s online Bachelor of Science in IT requires 180 credit hours. These classes can be taken at the students’ convenience from their own home computer. Similar degrees at University of Phoenix require 120 minimum credit hours.

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