Information Technology Schools and Programs in Maine

 DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 32 HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOOLS IN Maine?

Are you looking for IT schools in Maine? Before you choose the right college to pursue your IT career, it is important to understand the educational and career landscape. Maine is home to a variety of IT professionals, like computer systems analysts, computer user support specialists, network and computer systems administrators, and computer programmers. In fact, 3.23 out of every 1000 Maine employees is a computer user support specialist, for a total of about 1,890 workers in this role. [i]Let's look at some general education information about colleges in Maine:[ii]

  • Maine has a total of 32 degree-granting colleges and universities (20 four-year schools and 12 two-year schools).
  • Maine awarded a total of 12,775 degrees/certificates.
  • Maine is home to about 41,194 female college students, compared with the national average of 228,592.
  • Around 28,976 male students attend college in Maine. (The national average is 171,951.)
  • There are about 62,013 undergraduates enrolled in Maine. 

Information Technology Careers in Maine

Maine is home to about 150,389 firms across many industries. Keep in mind that even some non-IT firms often have information technology needs. It’s important to keep an open mind during your career search and carefully consider all listings. One more thing: IT roles can have a variety of different titles, but often responsibilities and skill requirements overlap. That means two different-sounding jobs could actually be almost the same! Here are some IT career paths that may be worth checking out:

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 Maine in 2014: 1,480
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Maine, 2.52 are computer systems analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $49,240
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $112,980
  • From 2012 to 2022, Maine will add a projected 290 new computer systems analyst positions. That’s an increase of about 17.1% for a total of 1,982 jobs[vi]

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

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bangor, ME$49,540$58,820$76,790
Lewiston / Auburn, NE$40,180$66,740$96,780
Biddeford / South Portland / Portland, ME$51,940$77,420$113,730

 

Network and Computer Systems Administrator [vii]

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 [viii]

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators employed in Maine in 2014: 1,350
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Maine, 2.29 are network and computer systems administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $41,960
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $91,910
  • From 2012 to 2022, the number of Network and Computer Systems Administrator roles in Maine is expected to stay about the same [vi]

Network and Computer Systems Administrator salary information for specific metro areas of Maine*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bangor, ME$39,220$53,510$77,010
Lewiston / Auburn, NE$40,260$58,720$90,490
Biddeford / South Portland / Portland, ME$47,550$67,520$96,460

 

Computer Programmer [ix]

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[x]

  • Computer programmers employed in Maine in 2014: 800
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Maine, 1.36 are computer programmers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $41,400
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $101,830
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer programmer jobs are projected to decrease slightly in Maine. An estimated decrease of -2.7% may result in around 853 roles[vi]

Computer Programmer salary information for specific metro areas of Maine*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bangor, ME$36,390$66,180$84,340
Lewiston / Auburn, NE$26,070$42,880$81,460
Biddeford / South Portland / Portland, ME$45,940$71,600$95,570

 

Computer User Support Specialist [xi]

Sample of reported job titles: Computer Specialist, Computer Support Specialist, Computer Technician, Electronic Data Processing Auditor (EDP Auditor), Help Desk Analyst, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Network Support Specialist, Network Technician, Support Specialist, Technical Support Specialist[xii]

  • Computer User Support Specialists employed in Maine in 2014: 1,890
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Maine, 3.23 are computer user support specialists.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $27,690
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $62,590
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer user support specialist careers in Maine are projected to grow by around 140 opportunities. That’s a forecasted growth of 8.5%, resulting in approximately 1,784 total jobs. [vi]

Computer User Support Specialist salary information for specific metro areas of Maine*

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Bangor, ME$28,060$38,490$56,350
Lewiston / Auburn, NE$24,670$42,940$60,290
Biddeford / South Portland / Portland, ME$27,990$46,020$68,020

 

Software and IT Services Companies in Maine**

If you’re aiming for an IT career, take the time to explore some of Maine’s technology companies. Inc.’s 2014 Inc. 5000 List is a great place to learn about fast-growing private companies in this state. One software company and two IT services companies in Maine made the cut. Check out their rankings below and learn a little more about what makes these Maine IT companies so special. [xiii]

  • #600 CashStar – From mobile payments to digital gift cards, CashStar is leading the way in prepaid commerce for retailers and restaurants around the world. This Portland, Maine software company offers technology solutions to help retailers manage their prepaid commerce programs. Also, CashStar has experienced a staggering 792% growth over the past three years.[xiv]
  • #2014 Tilson Technology – Based in Portland, this Maine IT services company provides information technology engineering solutions for a variety of needs. From fiber optic engineering to software development and systems integration, Tilson Technology is committed to helping organizations innovate and solve problems using technology.[xv]
  • #3194 Winxnet – This IT outsourcing and consulting firm helps businesses achieve their goals and address challenges using technology. Based in Portland, Maine, Winxnet offers services such as managed IT, website design and hosting, database services, healthcare technology solutions, and much more.[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_ne.htm#15-0000 | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=23 | [iii] quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/23000.html | [iv] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151121.htm | [v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1121.00 | [vi] maine.gov/labor/cwri/outlook.html | [vii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm | [viii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00 | [ix] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151131.htm | [x] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1131.00 | [xi] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151151.htm | [xii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1151.00 | [xiii] inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/ | [xiv] cashstar.com/ | [xv] tilsontech.com/about/ | [xvi] winxnet.com/about-winxnet/

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