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Information Technologist Career Information

Imagine this: It's past 12 in the night when hunger strikes. You just order a meal on an electronic gadget and it's ready in seconds. You don't key in your password to check your mail. Just look into the eye (a camera) of the computer and voila it recognises you!

What an Information Technologist does

Abilities & Traits Required

Your personal attributes:

• Strong analytical and reasoning skills

• Strong numerical ability

• Discreet and clear in your thoughts

• Good communication skill

• Innovative

• Hardworking

• Tenacious


For the educational and professional qualifications:

Software Developers/System Analysts/Software Engineer: The best jobs go to those who have done their BE Computer, BTech Computer, ME Computer, MTech Computer, MCA, MSc in Computer Science, etc. Those with a MSc in Mathematics, MSc Statistics, MSc Applied Physics with a basic knowledge of computers also get jobs but at entry levels.

People with BCA, BSc Computer Science, and BSc Physical Science background with good knowledge of computer have a good scope. MBAs with specialisation in Systems/IT have good job prospects. Alternatively, you can also do your DOEACC 'B' level.

System Architects: These are very specialised jobs. You can only get into this only after about 5-7 years of experience in software development.

Hardware Design & Development Engineer or Computer Hardware/ Hardware engineer: You got to have a ME Computer Science, MTech Computer Science, BE Computer Science, BTech Computer Science, Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering/Electronics engineering/Telecommunication engineering. Best jobs are usually snatched by ME, MTech and Ph.D. graduates.

Telecommunication Engineer: You got to have a BE Telecommunication, BE Communication, BE Electronics & Telecommunication, BE Electrical Engineering, BTech Telecommunication, BTech Communication, BTech Electronics & Telecommunication, BTech Electrical Engineering, ME Telecommunication, ME Communication, ME Electronics & Telecommunication, ME Electrical Engineering, MTech Telecommunication, MTech Communication, MTech Electronics & Telecommunication, MTech Electrical Engineering

Network Engineers and Administrators: You will be preferred if you have an Engineering degree along with a qualification/certification from one of the network software/hardware producing companies. You can have a certificate in Windows Network, Sun network, Linux, Unix, etc. With MCA/M.Sc./B.Sc. in Science and one of these qualifications, you can also get good jobs.

Database Administrators:Best jobs go to people with a qualification/certification in hardware/software, which is used for administration of a database and a basic degree like MCA, BE, BTech, MSc, BCA, BSc in Science/DOEACC 'A' or 'B' level, etc. For example, for maintaining a database in Oracle, one needs to qualification/certification in Oracle.

Designers: Your basic qualification could be anything-Arts, Commerce or Science. But to be able to work as a designer you need to have learnt packages like Coral Draw, Photoshop, Director, 3D Max, and Flash etc.

Web developers: You need to have a degree in BE/BTech/MCA/MBA with Systems or IT specialisation/MSc/BCA/DOEACC 'A', 'B' level etc. with a sound knowledge of web technologies.

Servicing & Maintenance Technicians/Engineers: A diploma or degree in Engineering will do. You need to have a qualification in Hardware maintenance.

Trainers/faculty members: You need to be BTech/MTech/MCA/BE/ME/MSc with good knowledge of various software and technologies. But if you have a qualification in Computer Software with a degree in any discipline, you can still get a reasonably good job. You can also have qualifications like DOEACC 'A', 'B', or 'C' level.

Data Processing Assistant/Data Entry Operator/Computer Operator: You have to know basic computer operations with good typing skills. Degree is not very important. 10+2 level of education should suffice. Additional qualifications like DOEACC 'O', 'A' level ensures growth to senior levels.

EDP/System Manager: You need BE/BTech/MCA/MBA with Systems or IT specialisation with good knowledge of computer software, hardware and various tools and packages. You can also have qualifications like DOEACC 'B' level.


In computer hardware design, development, and manufacturing companies, you start with about Rs 16000 - 25000 a month, plus other attractive options like ESOP (Equity Share Options - where you will a part owner of the company!) if you are working on Indian shores.

As a system analyst you can expect a starting salary in the range of Rs.10000 - 15,000

Foreign salaries start at US $ 3500 a month. You can reach to Rs 45000/ US $ 7000 a month, within 5-6 years of experience.

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