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Posted: May 7, 2021

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The information technology (IT) field is diverse, with an array of career options available to you. Your potential salary as an IT professional will vary based on several factors, like your location, employer, skills, experience, degrees, and certifications.

Speak with the Admissions team at Career Quest Learning Centers to learn more about the opportunities available for graduates of our online IT programs, including potential salaries.

How Much Do IT Professionals Make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in 2020 for professionals in the information technology career field ranged from $55,510 per year to $84,810 per year.*+ Note that this is the median salary, so half of the professionals in this field will earn more than that, and half will earn less.

There are many factors to consider when it comes to your potential information technology salary. For example, a network administration (AAS) degree or network administration certification from Career Quest can prepare you for a variety of entry-level roles, including:

  • Desktop support technician
  • Field support technician
  • IT help desk support
  • Network administrator

These roles all earn different salaries, so talk to our Career Services Department about your goals. We offer career placement assistance for our current and former students, so we can assess your available opportunities and help you find employment that matches your income needs.

Information Technology Salary in Lansing MI

Your location can have a major impact on what kind of salary you can expect from your position in information technology. Different cities have different costs of living, which can affect average pay ranges.

Let’s look at three different entry-level IT careers and their average salaries in Lansing, MI, according to Glassdoor:

IT RoleAverage Yearly Salary in Lansing, MI
Network Administrator$56,901**
Desktop Support Technician$41,153***
IT Help Desk Support$43,525****


Keep in mind that these figures are averages, and your exact salary will vary based on your location, experience, degrees and certificates, employer, and other factors.

Job Growth in the Information Technology Field

In addition to salary, it’s important to consider job growth. In the IT field, you can expect plenty of long-term security, since this is a field that continues to grow faster than average.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the computer support specialist role is expected to grow 8% between 2019 and 2029.* That’s much faster than average. The BLS also expects that network and computer systems administrators will see job growth of 4% in the same timeframe.+ That’s about as fast as average.

As more businesses and schools become increasingly digital, it’s safe to say that IT professionals will remain highly valuable in the coming years.

Increase Your IT Salary with a Degree or Certificate

While not guaranteed, having a degree or certificate in IT can be one way to increase your starting salary in the information technology field. Many employers look for professionals with the right training and experience when hiring and determining a salary. With a degree or certification from Career Quest, you’ll have the tools to stand out to future employers and start your new career on the right foot.

We have two different IT programs that you can use to make big moves toward your goals. Talk to the Admissions team at our online career college to determine which of these programs is best suited to your desired career path:

1.Network Administration Certificate Program

If you want to get started in your new role quickly while still receiving a comprehensive education, then our network administration certificate program may be the right fit for you. This program is designed to be completed in just 8 months. In addition to learning to build, maintain, troubleshoot, and secure computer systems, you’ll also learn how to support and implement Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) networks.

Some of the classes you’ll take as part of this certificate program include:

  • Help Desk Simulations
  • Network+
  • Intro to Computers
  • Operating Systems
  • Security+

2.Network Administration AAS Degree Program

If you want to dive even deeper into the world of information technology, then you can earn an applied associate’s degree (AAS) in network administration. This fully online 15-month program builds on what you’d learn in the certificate program to teach you how to design, maintain, deploy, and secure Windows and Linux based computer networks.

In addition to the courses in the certificate program, you’ll take classes like:

  • Virtualization
  • Supporting Linux
  • Cloud Support

Information Technology Certifications

If you want to show future employers you’re an especially valuable employee, then you may consider growing your IT skills even more with certifications.

All training programs at Career Quest are designed to help students prepare for available certification exams. We also allow students to sit for certain certification exams that map to their specific program at no additional charge, provided they meet certain eligibility criteria, like GPA and financial standing requirements.

Some of the certifications you can earn at our online IT school include:

  • CompTIA A+ Core 1
  • CompTIA A+ Core 2
  • CompTIA Network+

Note that the world of information technology is constantly changing. So, certifications may change based on availability and applicability to the field. Contact the Admissions department at our career college for a full list of current certifications.

Should I Join the IT Career?

If you’re tech-savvy and enjoy solving and troubleshooting complex problems, then you may find fulfillment in an information technology career. These are the professionals who build and maintain the computer systems and networks that make up the backbone of the modern workplace.

Network Administrator Career Duties

Depending on your workplace and role, your specific on-the-job duties will vary. If you perform network administration for a business, school, or medical center, then some of the tasks you may complete each day can include:

  • Installing network hardware and software
  • Upgrading and repairing network systems
  • Adding users to a network
  • Troubleshooting system errors and problems
  • Determining an organization’s system needs

IT Help Desk Career Duties

While many IT professionals work for businesses and help to support their network and technology needs, many more work in customer-facing roles providing user support as part of a help desk. In this kind of role, you’ll help everyday users with their personal computers or networks. Employees in these roles may perform day-to-day tasks like:

  • Asking customers the right questions to properly diagnose and fix issues
  • Setting up or repairing computer equipment
  • Walking customers through problem-solving steps
  • Training users to work with new computer hardware or software

Skills IT Professionals Need

As a future professional in the field of IT, there are certain skills that are relevant to your goals. For example, you may want to learn popular coding languages and have an in-depth understanding of how computer networks work. You should also know several different operating systems, like iOS, Windows, and Linux.

These are all concrete technical skills that you can learn as a student in the information technology programs at our online career college. In addition to these technical skills, you’ll want to practice certain softer skills, like:

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Analytical abilities
  • Creative problem solving
  • Time management
  • Perseverance
  • Resourcefulness

You should also have an interest in helping others, since the main component of your role in IT will involve helping people get online or operate technology.

These skills are important, but often can’t be taught from textbooks. They usually come from experience. All the instructors at Career Quest are industry professionals who have worked in the IT field. They can provide guidance on what skills to practice to excel in your future career.

Career Quest Will Help You Start Your Career in Information Technology

If you want to get started on the path to becoming an information technology professional, then Career Quest is here to help. It’s our mission to help our students reach their career goals, so we offer supports that go the extra mile, including:

  • Small class sizes that ensure you get the attention and direction you need
  • Fully online classes that give you flexibility in how you meet your weekly deadlines
  • Inclusive tuition with no additional costs for course materials
  • Lifetime career placement assistance through our Career Services Department
  • Resumé, cover letter, and interview prep assistance

Financial Assistance for IT Students

We want to make your education as accessible as possible. All students who apply to our accredited career college are eligible to apply for tuition discounts. Speak with one of our Financial Aid Advisors about completing your FAFSA® and to learn more about the financial assistance you may be eligible for.

Some of the tuition discount programs we offer our students include:

  • “Need a Break” Credit
  • Michigan Works!
  • Armed Forces Tuition Discount
  • Graduate Together Tuition Discount
  • AAS Early Enrollment Discount
  • Continuing Education Discount
  • Dislocated Worker Discount

Contact our Financial Aid department to learn more about our tuition discount programs and how you may qualify.

Enroll in Our Online Information Technology Programs Today

Now that you know the average information technology salary and how to start a career in the field, you have plenty of information to decide whether this is the right role for you. If you want to become an IT professional, start by enrolling in a network administration program with Career Quest.

Classes are filling up quickly, so contact our Admissions team to enroll today. This is your quest, so take the lead!

*https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm#tab-1

+https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm

**https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/lansing-network-administrator-salary-SRCH_IL.0,7_IM472_KO8,29.htm

***https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/lansing-desktop-support-technician-salary-SRCH_IL.0,7_IC1134930_KO8,34.htm

****https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/lansing-help-desk-salary-SRCH_IL.0,7_IM472_KO8,17.htm