Information Technology Schools and Programs in North Carolina

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Did you know there are 74 higher education schools in North Carolina

Are you looking for more information on IT Schools in North Carolina? 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... Raleigh, North Carolina, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know in 2014, there was an estimated 21,820 Computer Support Specialists employed in North Carolina![i]? Let's start with some general education information about colleges in North Carolina from 2014:[ii]

  • There are 74 four-year institutions in North Carolina, more than the national average of 56.
  • There are 65 two-year institutions, almost twice the national average of 33.
  • The total female fall enrollment in North Carolina is 336,328, which is more than the national average of 228,592.
  • The national average for total male fall enrollment is 232,537, while North Carolina has 436,350.
  • The total undergraduate fall enrollment in North Carolina is 502,991, while the total graduate fall enrollment is 65,874.
  • North Carolina awarded a total of 108,270 degrees/certificates

Information Technology Careers in North Carolina:

Information technology (IT) salaries in North Carolina 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 North Carolina

Computer Support Specialist [i]

In essence, computer support specialists provide technical assistance to computer users for things like software and hardware, printing, installation, email, operating systems, and system updates.

  • Computer support specialists employed in North Carolina in 2011: 21,820
  • For every 1,000 people employed in North Carolina, 5.72 are computer support specialists.
  • From 2010 to 2020, there will be a projected 25,220 computer support specialist jobs in North Carolina, which is a 13.
  • 4% increase and approximately 2,980 job opening increase.*
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2011: $30,120
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2011: $82,120

Computer support specialist salary information for specific metro areas of North Carolina[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thHighest 90th
Cary, NC - Raleigh, NC$32,110$83,250
Durham, NC - Chapel Hill, NC$38,090$104,970
Gastonia, NC - Charlotte, NC - Rock Hill, SC$31,560$90,560

 

Database Administrators [iii]

Often called DBAs, database administrators apply knowledge of database management systems in order to test, administer, and implement computer databases.

  • Database administrators employed in North Carolina in 2013: 2,530
  • For every 1,000 people employed in North Carolina, 0.64 are database administrators.
  • From 2010 to 2020, there will be a projected 3,670 database administrator jobs in North Carolina, which is a 25.7% increase and approximately 750 job opening increase.*
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $43,880
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $119,740

Database administrator salary information for a specific metro areas of North Carolina[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thHighest 90th
Cary, NC - Raleigh, NC$49,820$117,200
Durham, NC - Chapel Hill, NC$46,710$118,790
Gastonia, NC - Charlotte, NC - Rock Hill, SC$50,090$128,010

 

Information Security Analyst [iv]

The responsibilities of information security analysts include planning, implementing, upgrading, and monitoring security measures that contribute to the security and protection of a computer network and information.

  • Information security analysts employed in North Carolina in 2013: 3,140
  • For every 1,000 people employed in North Carolina, 0.80 are information security analysts.
  • From 2010 to 2020, there will be a projected 12,730 information security analyst jobs in North Carolina, which is a 17.8% increase and approximately 1,920 job opening increase.*
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $51,810
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $121,580

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

Metro AreaLowest 10thHighest 90th
Cary, NC - Raleigh, NC$57,610$117,200
Durham, NC - Chapel Hill, NC$56,630$122,420
Gastonia, NC - Charlotte, NC - Rock Hill, SC$54,270$128,270

 

Software Developers – Applications [v]

The software developers of applications create, develop, and customize computer applications software or specialized utility programs based on user needs.

  • Software developers - applications employed in North Carolina in 2013: 20,190
  • For every 1,000 people employed in North Carolina, 5.11 are software developers - applications.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $57,280
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $134,750

Software developer - application salary information for a specific metro areas of North Carolina[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thHighest 90th
Cary, NC - Raleigh, NC$61,320$139,810
Durham, NC - Chapel Hill, NC$56,830$142,900
Gastonia, NC - Charlotte, NC - Rock Hill, SC$60,650$127,380

 

IT Services and Software Companies in North Carolina

There are many IT Services and Software companies all over the country, but there are some particularly interesting companies based out of North Carolina. Inc put together a list of the Top 5000 Companies in 2014. Twenty-eight are IT Service companies and fifteen are software companies based in North Carolina. [vi] Check out a few of them below: *

  • #227 Cloudbilt – Cloudbilt is a software company that builds app for users to be able to locate via GPS technology, especially helpful in the real estate industry where territories are demarcated on a map. This North Carolina software company is based out of Charlotte, NC. [vii]

  • #407 Rapier Solutions – This IT Services company provides network support, program / project management, education / training, and information cyber security services. They are also classified as a SBA Certified 8A participant, SBA Certified Small Disadvantaged Business, and Services Disabled Veteran owned business and are based out of Matthews, North Carolina. [viii]

  • #456 T1Visions - This North Carolina software company is responsible for inTouch™ interactive tables and inTouch™ interactive walls for the retail companies. T1Visions is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. [ix]

  • #1277 The Brixton Group - The Brixton Group is an IT Services company based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. They provide IT staffing services for companies looking to hire knowledgeable IT professionals. [x]

  • #787 Two Toasters – Based out of Durham, North Carolina, Two Toasters is a mobile design and development company that develops applications, specifically many online shopping apps for e-commerce retails. [xi]

IT Schools in North Carolina

If you have your heart set on earning your IT degree in North Carolina, you might find that you have a lot of choices when it comes to applying to IT programs. One school to consider is our partner school ECPI University (East Coast Polytechnic Institute), which has 3 campus locations in North Carolina: Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh. ECPI has a College of Technology that offers IT degree programs at their North Carolina campuses, including IT concentrations like Network Security, Database Programming, and Electronics Engineering. [xii]

Accreditation: ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)—which is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states—to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. [xiii]

Licensure: ECPI University is licensed by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to award degrees and licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges to award diplomas. The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency. [xiii]

Gainful employment disclosure for ECPI: ecpi.edu/fast-facts/


*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/2011/may/oes151150.htm |[ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=37 | [iii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151141.htm |[iv] Salary Data |[v] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151132.htm |[vi] inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/state/nc/ |[vii] cloudbilt.com/about-us/ |[viii] rapiersolutions.com |[ix] www1.t1visions.com/products/intouch-interactive-walls |[x] brixton.net/check-us-out |[xi] twotoasters.com/work |[xii] ecpi.edu/college-of-technology |[xiii] ecpi.edu/accreditation

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