Information Technology Schools and Programs in Iowa

University of Iowa

University of Iowa

University of Iowa

 Did you know there are 48 higher-ed schools in Iowa?

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... Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know there are about 5,410 computer systems analysts employed in Iowa? [i] Let's start with some general education information about colleges in Iowa: [ii]

  • Iowa has 48 four-year schools and 18 two-year schools, for a total of 66 degree-granting institutions.
  • Iowa awarded a total of 62,746 degrees/certificates, close to the national average of 78,228.
  • Iowa has 212,822 female college students; the national average is 228,592.
  • 137,809 male students attend college in Iowa, compared to the national average of 171,951.

Information Technology Careers in Iowa

Information technology (IT) salaries in Iowa will vary depending on which area of the 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 Iowa.

Computer Systems Analyst [iv]

Sample of reported job titles: Applications Analyst, Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Programmer Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer[v]

  • Computer systems analysts employed in Iowa in 2014: 5,410
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Iowa, 3.58 are computer systems analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $49,010
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $110,840
  • From 2012 to 2022, Iowa is expected to add about 1,650 new computer systems analyst positions for a total of 6,910 jobs.

Computer systems analyst salary information for specific metro areas of Iowa*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Ames, IA$45,560$70,140$99,090
Cedar Rapids, IA$50,820$72,040$107,220
West Des Moines / Des Moines, IA$51,200$79,160$111,700
Dubuque, IA$38,990$60,530$95,520
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD$50,490$79,750$112,960

 

Database Administrator [vii]

Sample of reported job titles: Database Administration Manager, Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Coordinator, Database Programmer, Information Systems Manager, Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director), Programmer Analyst, Systems Manager[viii]

  • Database administrators employed in Iowa in 2014: 1,020
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Iowa, .67 are database administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $43,260
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $114,270
  • From 2012 to 2022, the number of database administrator roles in Iowa is expected grow by about 125 for a projected total of 860.[vi]

Database administrator salary information for specific metro areas of Iowa*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Cedar Rapids, IA$42,850$79,320$103,340
Davenport / Moline / Rock Island, IA-IL$44,530$76,000$106,540
West Des Moines / Des Moines, IA$53,320$90,880$120,780
Iowa City, IA$41,130$70,270$96,930
Waterloo / Cedar Falls, IA$40,490$54,070$86,330

 

Computer Network Architect [ix]

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

  • Computer network architects employed in Iowa in 2014: 930
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Iowa, .61 are computer network architects.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $55,570
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $121,860
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer network architect jobs may increase by 140 in Iowa, resulting in around 925 total jobs.[vi]

Computer network architect salary information for specific metro areas of Iowa*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Cedar Rapids, IA$63,670$85,460$117,930
Davenport / Moline / Rock Island, IA-IL$45,390$91,900$142,650
West Des Moines / Des Moines, IA$64,780$94,470$123,250
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD$33,530$58,820$119,600

 

Web Developer [xi]

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

  • Web developers employed in Iowa in 2014: 860
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Iowa, .57 are web developers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $28,470
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $103,510
  • From 2012 to 2022, web developer careers in Iowa are projected to grow by 150 for a total of 1,005 roles.

Web developer salary information for specific metro areas of Iowa*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Cedar Rapids, IA$28,730$60,430$95,690
Davenport / Moline / Rock Island, IA-IL$29,880$52,060$82,980
West Des Moines / Des Moines, IA$28,530$62,240$116,790
Iowa City, IA$48,300$75,240$95,250
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD$33,220$45,180$76,250

 

Software and IT Services Companies in Iowa**

Looking for fast-growing technology companies in Iowa? A good first step might be to check out Inc.’s fastest-growing private companies in Iowa on the 2014 Inc. 5000 List. Five IT Services companies in Iowa, in addition to other industry leaders, were included in the rankings. Here are a few you may want to keep an eye on: [xiii]

  • #2437 Involta – Based in Cedar Rapids, this Iowa IT services company provides data center facilities and managed IT services to enterprises in industries like healthcare, government, and manufacturing. The name Involta is Italian for “in the vault,” a nod to this company’s focus on IT security.[xiv]
  • #2614 Circle Computer Resources – This Cedar Rapids, Iowa IT company provides a variety of critical IT services, like managed broadband, cloud services, and business IT. CCR targets clients in dining, hotel/hospitality, and other industries. They have been in business since 1986 and are still going strong![xv]
  • #2621 IP Pathways – Located in Urbandale, Iowa, IP Pathways specializes in simplifying and optimizing IT infrastructure. They offer services like desktop virtualization, data restoration, and more. IP Pathways serve industries like healthcare, government, and education, in addition to commercial businesses.[xvi]

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

[i] bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ia.htm#15-0000 | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=19 | [iii] quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19000.html | [iv] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151121.htm | [v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1121.00 | [vi] iwin.iwd.state.ia.us/pubs/statewide/2012-2022%20State%20Occ%20Proj,%2010-2014%20%2820%20AO,%202014%20Wages%29.pdf | [vii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151141.htm | [viii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1141.00 | [ix] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151143.htm | [x] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1143.00 | [xi] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151134.htm | [xii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1134.00 | [xiii]  inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/ | [xiv] involta.com/ | [xv] ccr.net/ | [xvi] ippathways.com/

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