Information Technology Schools and Programs in Ohio

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Did you know there are 126 higher education schools in Ohio? 

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... Columbus, Ohio, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know Ohio employs 26,580 computer systems analysts, which comes to over 5 out of every 1,000 Ohio workers? [i] Let's start with some general information about education in Ohio:[ii]

  • Ohio is home to 126 four-year schools, well over the national average of 56!
  • This state also has 89 two-year institutions, almost three times the national average of 33.
  • Ohio awarded an impressive total of 135,249 degrees/certificates! The national average is 78,228.
  • Ohio has 401,015 female college students; the national average is 228,592.
  • 310,080 male students attend college in Ohio, compared to the national average of 171,951.

Information Technology Careers in Ohio

If you’re seeking to pursue an IT career, Ohio may have the opportunity you’re looking for. Approximately 897,939 firms are located in this state, and that includes IT employers. [iii] Of course, it’s up to you to make sure you have the skills and preparation for the job you’re dreaming of. One important step: reading job postings carefully. Two IT careers could have similar titles but come with completely different responsibilities…and vice versa! Make sure you understand the necessary qualifications before applying. Here are some careers paths you may want to learn more about:

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 Ohio in 2014: 26,581
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Ohio, 5.11 are computer systems analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $51,080
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $118,500
  • From 2012 to 2022, Ohio is expected to add about 5,910 new computer systems analyst positions for a total of 33,070 jobs. That’s a projected 21.8% increase!*

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

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Akron, OH$48,850$83,340$115,310
Canton / Massillon, OH$49,590$65,560$96,110
Middletown / Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN$52,600$83,460$136,760
Johnson City, TN$40,810$59,390$87,640
Elyria / Mentor / Cleveland, OH$50,660$73,730$113,470
Columbus, OH$49,980$79,630$113,890
Dayton, OH$54,420$84,670$121,940
Mansfield, OH$36,600$67,120$88,500
Sandusky, OH$49,890$76,130$92,600
Springfield, OH$56,990$85,030$118,170
Steubenville / Weirton, OH-WV$48,160$71,410$107,820
Toledo, OH$50,730$73,650$131,030
Youngstown / Warren / Boardman, OH-PA$46,540$64,490$101,900

 

Database Administrator [vi]

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[vii]

  • Database administrators employed in Ohio in 2014: 4,100
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Ohio, .79 are database administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $45,670
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $115,380
  • From 2012 to 2022, the number of database administrator roles in Ohio is expected grow by about 590, or 13.1%, for a projected total of 5,100 jobs.*

Database administrator salary information for specific metro areas of Ohio**

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Akron, OH$47,810$78,910$113,340
Canton / Massillon, OH$43,680$67,900$111,720
Middletown / Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN$50,040$76,340$114,760
Elyria / Mentor / Cleveland, OH$39,750$68,850$109,480
Columbus, OH$51,860$86,340$121,060
Dayton, OH$43,330$75,250$113,150
Toledo, OH$44,230$61,700$102,350
Youngstown / Warren / Boardman, OH-PA$42,220$68,080$95,810

 

Computer Network Architect [viii]

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[ix]

  • Computer network architects employed in Ohio in 2014: 4,600
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Ohio, .88 are computer network architects.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $63,450
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $134,870
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer network architect jobs may increase by 490 or 11.4% in Ohio, for a total of around 4,800 jobs.*

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

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Akron, OH$64,880$91,350$136,860
Middletown / Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN$56,320$97,050$143,800
Elyria / Mentor / Cleveland, OH$55,740$101,380$138,540
Columbus, OH$69,060$97,480$122,120
Columbus, OH$51,860$86,340$121,060
Dayton, OH$60,560$88,350$149,850
Toledo, OH$52,550$76,040$119,140

 

Web Developer [x]

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[xi]

  • Web developers employed in Ohio in 2014: 4,180
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Ohio, .8 are web developers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $31,440
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $93,560
  • From 2012 to 2022, web developer careers in Ohio are projected to grow by 19.1%, or 810 jobs, for a total of 5,040 roles.*
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer network architect jobs may increase by 490 or 11.4% in Ohio, for a total of around 4,800 jobs.*

Web developer salary information for specific metro areas of Ohio**

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Akron, OH$28,460$50,400$75,330
Canton / Massillon, OH$22,830$38,740$82,280
Middletown / Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN$39,260$64,940$97,600
Elyria / Mentor / Cleveland, OH$35,980$58,130$92,100
Columbus, OH$36,700$76,810$101,990
Dayton, OH$23,420$49,940$74,470
Toledo, OH$30,870$49,450$70,570
Youngstown / Warren / Boardman, OH-PA$25,390$64,690$100,670

 

Software and IT Services Companies in Ohio***

Interested in Ohio IT companies who are doing exciting things? A good place to check is Inc.’s fastest-growing private companies in Ohio on the 2014 Inc. 5000 List, which lists high-growth companies in a variety of industries. Four software companies and 22 IT services companies in Ohio made the cut. Here are a few to read up on:[xii]

  • #312 LDR Interactive – Now known as Futuri, this Ohio software company pioneered LDR (Listener Driven Radio), in addition to other software tools for music publishers and broadcasters. They take pride in shaping the future of media. This high-growth company is based in Rocky River, OH, and has been in business since 2009.[xiii]
  • #1522 Cogistix – This software company is headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio and specializes in software development and implementation. Cogistix focuses on the Manufacturing and Distribution industries, offering ERP, integration and programming, managed IT, and other solutions. They’ve been around since 2009.[xiv]
  • #1721 Dynamit – This Ohio software company offers a variety of technology solutions for businesses like online retailers, hotel chains, restaurants, etc. They can help with mobile app development, ecommerce, UX/UI, digital marketing, and a lot more. Dynamit was founded in 2004 and is based in Columbus, OH.[xv]
  • #740 Data Systems Integration Group – Businesses often have diverse technology needs, and this Dublin, Ohio IT services company covers a lot of bases. Data Systems Integration Group offers solutions like enterprise application integration, technology resource planning, software quality assurance, IT project management, and more. They were founded in 2006.[xvi]
  • #1324 Cameo Solutions – Based in West Chester, OH, this Ohio IT company offers cloud solutions, collaboration and communication tools, and other services. Their Cisco-powered CloudBlu infrastructure provides cloud-based business solutions like voice, video, instant messaging, and more. Cameo Solutions was founded in 2004.[xvii]

*Ohio job outlook projections were sourced from an Excel spreadsheet available for download at http://ohiolmi.com/proj/OhioJobOutlook.htm.  **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_oh.htm#15-0000 | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=39 | [iii] quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/39000.html | [iv] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151121.htm | [v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1121.00 | [vi] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151141.htm | [vii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1141.00 | [viii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151143.htm | [ix] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1143.00 | [x] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151134.htm | [xi] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1134.00 | [xii] inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/ | [xiii] futurimedia.com/about/ | [xiv] cogistix.com/ | [xv] dynamit.com/company | [xvi] dsig-inc.com/en/services | [xvii] cameoglobal.com/cloudblu/

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