Information Technology Schools and Programs in Kentucky

Murray State University

Murray State University

Murray State University

Did you know there are 50 higher education schools in Kentucky? 

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... Louisville, Kentucky, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know Kentucky is home to around 3,420 network and computer systems administrators alone? [i] Let's start with some general education information about Kentucky:[ii]

  • Kentucky awarded 61,952 postsecondary degrees/certificates; the national average is 78,228.
  • Kentucky has a total of 76 degree-granting institutions: 50 four-year schools and 26 two-year schools.
  • Kentucky has around 118,876 male college students; the national average is 171,951.
  • About 159,031 female students attend college in Kentucky, compared to the national average of 228,592.

Information Technology Careers in Kentucky

Kentucky has plenty of growing companies to check out, with about 337,600 total firms. [iii] Information technology (IT) salaries in Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

Network and Computer Systems Administrator [iv]

Sample of reported job titles: Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Network Specialist, Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer[v]

  • Network and computer systems administrators employed in Kentucky in 2014: 3,420
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Kentucky, 1.89 are network and computer systems administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $36,520
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $92,630
  • From 2012 to 2022, Kentucky is projected to add 606 new network and computer systems administrator positions for a total of about 3,975 jobs. That’s an increase of 17.99%[vi]

Network and computer systems administrator salary information for specific metro areas of Kentucky*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bowling Green, KY$38,070$53,530$84,610
Elizabethtown, KY$39,930$51,830$76,780
Lexington / Fayette, KY$39,700$60,980$85,070
Louisville / Jefferson County, KY-IN$39,820$62,500$93,510
Owensboro, KY$37,000$55,540$75,910

 

Information Security Analyst [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[viii]

  • Information security analysts employed in Kentucky in 2014: 540
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Kentucky, 0.3 are information security analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $41,750
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $97,710
  • There is currently no occupational projection data for information security analysts in Kentucky. [vi]

Information security analyst salary information for specific metro areas of Kentucky*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Lexington / Fayette, KY$48,360$76,170$106,150
Louisville / Jefferson County, KY-IN$45,500$70,570$114,100

 

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 Kentucky in 2014: 1,450
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Kentucky, 0.8 are computer network architects.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $42,380
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $120,700
  • From 2012 to 2022, Kentucky computer network architect jobs may increase by about 22.04% or 506 jobs, for a total of 2,802 jobs.[vi]

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

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Lexington / Fayette, KY$51,000$80,140$130,560
Louisville / Jefferson County, KY-IN$47,610$83,650$126,570

 

Computer Network Support Specialist [xi]

Sample of reported job titles: Computer Network Specialist, IT Consultant (Information Technology Consultant), Network Engineer, Network Specialist, Network Support Specialist, Network Technical Analyst, Network Technician, Personal Computer Network Analyst, Senior IT Assistant (Senior Information Technology Assistant), Systems Specialist[xii]

  • Computer network support specialists employed in Kentucky in 2014: 1,670
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Kentucky, .92 are computer network support specialists.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $30,010
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $78,820
  • There is currently no occupational projection data for computer network support specialists in Kentucky[vi]

Computer network support specialist salary information for specific metro areas of Kentucky*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bowling Green, KY$28,020$42,630$62,700
Elizabethtown, KY$33,200$45,180$73,310
Lexington / Fayette, KY$34,580$54,450$82,730
Louisville / Jefferson County, KY-IN$30,910$45,720$72,650

 

Software and IT Services Companies in Kentucky**

Interested in pursuing an Kentucky IT career? If so, you may want to learn more about the fastest-growing private employers in this state. Inc.’s fastest-growing private companies in Kentucky on the 2014 Inc. 5000 List features innovative, fast-growing businesses that may be worth keeping an eye on. Four IT services companies and three software companies in Kentucky made the rankings. We’ve profiled some of employers, below: [xiii]

#2673 Kinetic – Based in Louisville, this Kentucky software company provides translation management software designed to help global businesses solve their translation challenges. Kinetic helps organizations lower translation expenses, speed up time to market, improve translation quality, and more. They have been in business since 1968.[xiv]

#2675 Prosoft – This Louisville, KY software company offers technology consulting and outsourcing services. Areas they can assist with include software development, applications development, database design and development, and much more. Prosoft has been in business since 1998 and continues to grow! [xv]

#1486 Strategic Communications – This IT services company in Louisville, Kentucky offers IT and infrastructure solutions for businesses. Like the name suggests, Strategic Communications can provide business communications solutions such as audio-video technology, networking, cloud and mobility services, and much more. They work with government agencies, healthcare, and other industries.[xvi]

#1791 Emerge Managed Solutions – Located in Erlanger, KY, this IT services company offers managed IT and cloud solutions, AV and cabling solutions, and other business technology services. Emerge Managed Services was ranked #8 in Inc’s list of Top Kentucky Companies![xvii]


*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_ky.htm#15-0000 | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=21 | [iii] quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21000.html | [iv] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm | [v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00 | [vi] kylmi.ky.gov/admin/gsipub/htmlarea/uploads/Outlook.pdf | [vii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151122.htm | [viii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1122.00 | [ix] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151143.htm | [x] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1143.00 | [xi] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151152.htm | [xii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1152.00 | [xiii] inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/ | [xiv] thetechnologyagency.com/difference.aspx | [xv] prosoftconsulting.net/ | [xvi] ibtsupport.com/ | [xvii] emergeits.com/

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