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Information technology jobs predicted to be in higher demand

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UNCW information technology students got some encouraging news Thursday evening as their industry is projected to have the third highest growth rate in North Carolina over the next decade.

Professor Tom Janicki said he hopes to expand information technology in Wilmington by helping his students secure jobs here once they graduate. “We have really established a connection with the information technology companies in the Wilmington area, and as a result they know the quality of our students and they come to us saying ‘give us good interns’ and we’re able to place our students for paid internships and then they get good paying jobs when they graduate. That’s the real reward.”

UNCW held an IT fair on Thursday, which drew 300 students, industry professionals, and others curious about the field.

“Knowing about the job security especially in the current market and economy it probably would be a good thing to consider, especially because of how many people are losing their jobs,” said Chloe Keating who is considering a degree in technology.

Another perk of the field is a big paycheck. Some entry-level salaries can start at $45,000 a year with a bachelor’s degree.

“I think a lot of incoming freshmen are really unsure of what they want to do and knowing that this would be a steady job and a steady paycheck would be definitely a career that a lot of people would consider,” said student Kimmy Keaton.

Doctor Janicki said he encourages anyone with an interest in the internet, computers or even video games to consider pursuing a career in IT.

In the next ten years, the Department of Labor projects, five out of the top ten paying jobs will be in information technology, and 23,000 new IT jobs will be needed in North Carolina alone.

Senator Julia Boseman recently introduced a bill in the state legislature that would give a 15% tax credit to video game producers in North Carolina, so there may soon be more perks for those considering entering the field.

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UNCW information technology students got some encouraging news Thursday evening as their industry is projected to have the third highest growth rate in North Carolina over the next decade.

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