Information Technology Schools and Programs in California

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 Did you know there are 249 higher education schools in California? 

Are you looking for IT schools in California? Before you choose the right college to pursue your IT career, it is important to understand the educational and career landscape. Whether you want to pursue a career in computer support or as a network administrator job in say... Los Angeles, California, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know in 2014, there was an estimated 46,800 Computer & Information Systems Managers employed in California[i]? Let's start with some 2014 general education information about what’s going on in California Colleges:[ii]

  • There are 249 four-year institutions in California, many more than the national average of 56.
  • There are 205 two year institutions, also higher than the national average of 33.
  • The national average for total male fall enrollment is 171,951, while California has 1,231,192.
  • The total female fall enrollment in California is 1,504,387, while the national is 228,592.
  • The total undergraduate fall enrollment in California is 2,464,524, while the total graduate fall enrollment is 271,055.
  • California awarded a total of 440,163 degrees/certificates.

Information Technology Careers in California:

Information technology (IT) salaries in California will vary depending on which area of the large state you live in. Because it is important to understand salary differences within your state, we’ve compiled a snapshot of some common IT careers in large metro areas of California. 

Computer Network Engineer[iii]

Sample of reported job titles: Network Analyst, Network Consultant, Network Architect, Network Manager, Networking Systems and Distributed Systems Engineer, System Programmer, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Telecommunications Analyst, Telecommunications Engineer[a] 

  • Computer Network Engineers employed in California in 2013: 15,810
  • For every 1,000 people employed in California, 1.07 are computer network architects.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $64,150
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $167,000
  • From 2012 to 2022, there will be a projected 19,400 computer network architects jobs in California, which is a 23.6% increase and approximately 3,700 job opening increase.

Computer network engineer salary information for specific metro areas of California[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bakersfield-Delano, CA$60,290$112,970$167,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA $61,990$111,730$162,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$79,660$119,450$178,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA$46,850$104,760$159,130
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA$82,840$124,250$152,430
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA$65,570$104,870$150,070
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$84,640$129,110$180,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$86,310$136,970NA

 

Computer Programmers[v]

Sample of reported job titles: Analyst Programmer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer, Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Software Developer, Web Programmer[b] 

  • Computer Programmers employed in California in 2013: 38,750
  • For every 1,000 people employed in California, 2.63 are computer programmers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $46,640
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $137,140
  • From 2012 to 2022, there will be a projected 44,700 computer programmer jobs in California, which is a 12% increase and approximately 4,800 job opening increase.

Computer programmer salary information for a specific metro areas of California[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bakersfield-Delano, CA$52,090$ 77,640$ 119,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA $46,630$ 88,220$ 138,120
Napa, CA$52,820$ 79,460$ 171,540
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$45,250$ 79,930$ 123,960
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA$40,770$ 73,650$ 114,660
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA$37,640$ 78,390$ 112,050
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA$44,030$ 78,140$123,810
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$54,160$105,970$153,170
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$46,530$82,730$154,260
Stockton, CA$45,070$71,470$96,460

 

Information Security Analysts[vii]

Sample of reported job titles: Computer Security Specialist, Computer Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Technology Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist[c] 

  • Information Security Analysts employed in California in 2013: 8,260
  • For every 1,000 people employed in California, 0.56 are information security analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $62,980
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $145,150
  • From 2012 to 2022, there will be a projected 11,500 information security analyst jobs in California, which is a 40.2% increase and approximately 3,300 job opening increase.

Information security analyst salary information for a specific metro areas of California[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bakersfield-Delano, CA$56,750$90,220$175,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA $59,560$99,720$147,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$70,250$109,320$145,060
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA$65,860$94,530$130,520
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CANANANA
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA$61,920$93,520$143,810
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$62260$112450$154390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$60,270$113,260$161,760

 

Web Developer[ix]

Sample of reported job titles: Web Designer, Web Developer, Webmaster[d] 

  • Web Developer employed in California in 2013: 16,900
  • For every 1,000 people employed in California, 1.15 are web developers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $34,330
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $119,460
  • From 2012 to 2022, there will be a projected 28,300 web developer jobs in California, which is a 31.6% increase and approximately 6,800 job opening increase.

Web developer salary information for a specific metro areas of California[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bakersfield-Delano, CA$23,310$38,130$88,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA $34,320$66,230$112,160
Napa, CA$35,460$78,350$161,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$46,200$74,810$123,700
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA$28,160$56,610$117,020
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA$33,830$67,890$111,760
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA$32,730$68,690$113,140
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$44,780$94,770$148,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$61,610$102,860$166,840

 

Fastest-growing IT careers in California

The list below shows California Employment Department’s[xi] projections of the fastest-growing  IT careers in California during the 2012-2022 time period.

  • Information Security Analysts in California: 40.2% growth
  • Web Developers in California : 31.6% growth
  • Software Developers, Applications  in California : 29.4% growth
  • Computer User Support Specialists in California:25.2% growth
  • Software Developers, Systems Software in California:24.0% growth
  • Computer Network Architects in California: 23.6% growth

IT Services and Software Companies in California

There are several different industries that contribute to employment in California. But of Inc.’s Top 5000 Companies, seventy-four are classified as IT services companies and seventy-one are Software Companies in California[xii]. Here are some CA companies who cracked the top 500 in this list of 5000:

  • #4 Superfish – This Palo Alto, CA software company, ranking high at #4, creating the technology that allows users to use a visual search application to make searching by image easier and more fluid. Their brand of apps include searching visually for furniture/décor, pets, and garden plants.[xiii]
  • #42 SmartZip Analytics - A software company in CA, SmartZip Analytics develops technology that calculates real estate analytics and predictive marketing. This technology is helpful to those who want to market comprehensive information on a real estate area or neighborhood.[xiv]
  • #58 Bizness Apps - This San Francisco, California software company builds, designs, and publishes mobile apps for small businesses, using their content and giving the business control over the look, feel, and functionality of the app.[xv]
  • #203 VETS Etc. - Among other services, this Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business delivers both government and private sector companies with logistics consulting services, business intelligence and data analysis, and business process engineering. This company is based out of Seaside, California.[xvi]
  • #308 Softhq – This San Diego, California IT Services company provides infrastructure, applications, and business process outsourcing (BPO) services to the global community. They also serve their customers from a location in Arizona and global offices.[xvii]

This listing is for informational purposes only and does not represent that jobs are available or will be available at these companies.   


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