Information Technology Schools and Programs in Pennsylvania

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Did you know there are 160 four-year higher education schools in Pennsylvania? 

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... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know in 2013, there was an estimated 15,730 Network and Computer Systems Administrators in Pennsylvania, earning an annual median salary of $76,280[i].  Let's start with some 2013 general education information about what’s going on in Pennsylvania Colleges[ii]:

  • There are 160 four-year institutions in Pennsylvania, almost three times the national average of 56.
  • There are 102 two-year institutions compared to the national average of 33.
  • The national average for total male fall enrollment is 171,951, while Pennsylvania has 339,142.
  • The total female fall enrollment in Pennsylvania is 438,981, while the national is 228,592.
  • The total undergraduate fall enrollment in Pennsylvania is 642,832, while the total graduate fall enrollment is 135,291.
  • Pennsylvania awarded a total of 176,995 degrees/certificates. 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CAREERS IN Pennsylvania

There are many potential career paths in IT, from writing code and software applications to physically diagnosing problems in the hardware of a machine. Because IT is such an expansive industry, some job titles are similar to others but have the same responsibilities. Be sure to read an IT job description carefully to find out what responsibilities are required for the role, in the meantime, we have gathered some examples of different IT career paths in Pennsylvania, along with salary and job growth information specific to the state.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators [i]

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 Engineers. [a]

  • Network and computer systems administrators employed in Pennsylvania in 2013: 15,730
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Pennsylvania, 2.8 are network and computer systems administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $45,870
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $113,950

Computer network & computer systems administrator salary information for specific metro areas of Pennsylvania[e]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ$38,720$66,780$103,210
Erie, PA$39,820$61,650$97,490
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA$48,270$70,180$96,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division$54,540$81,930$120,920
Pittsburgh, PA$47,620$69,410$106,450
Reading, PA$40,030$68,780$104,300
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA$41,870$65,750$104,150

 

Web Developer[iii]

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

  • Web developers employed in Pennsylvania in 2013: 3,590
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Pennsylvania, 0.64 are web developers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $32,820
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $94,090

Web developers salary information for specific metro areas of Pennsylvania [e]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ$34,550$60,930$103,280
Erie, PA$33,750$44,270$59,100
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA$29,910$53,640$94,020
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division$39,860$64,340$98,470
Pittsburgh, PA$32,500$53,810$85,360
Reading, PA$30,790$51,930$87,230
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA$22,220$57,050$90,660

 

Information Security Analysts[iv] 

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[c]

  • Information security analysts employed in Pennsylvania in 2013: 2,410
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Pennsylvania, 0.43 are information security analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $44,880
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $139,280

Information Security Analysts salary information for specific metro areas of Pennsylvania [e]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ$59,050$99,910$153,310
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA$48,350$80,260$122,940
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division$54,230$90,790$138,260
Pittsburgh, PA$40,460$59,780$131,490
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA$40,680$80,780$111,370

 

Software Developers[v]

Sample of reported job titles: Analyst Programmer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer, Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Computer Programer, Web Programmer[d]

  • Software developers, systems software employed in Pennsylvania in 2013: 12,720
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Pennsylvania, 2.26 are software developers, systems software.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $57,830
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $139,950

Software developers salary information for specific metro areas of Pennsylvania[e]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ$54,700$90,250$133,310
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA$62,180$88,700$126,150
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division$59,270$92,380$132,920
Pittsburgh, PA$50,300$75,660$115,310
Reading, PA$56,610$85,400$129,820
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA$22,570$72,780$122,820

 

Software and IT Services Companies in Pennsylvania

Several different types of industries contribute to the overall employment in the state of Pennsylvania. Inc. has put together a list of the Top Companies in Pennsylvania on the 2014 Inc. 5000, and thirty-one companies are IT Service companies and nine are software companies located in PA [vi]. These following companies are at the top of their categories:

  • #626 Greenphire – This software company in King of Prussia, PA develops technology that allows companies to manage global clinical payments electronically. Greenphire’s technology helps companies reduce costs and track quantifiable results.[vii]
  • #627 Branding Brand - This software company has a mobile commerce platform that allows retail companies to synch up their tablet, mobile, and in-store information. Branding Brand is based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [viii]
  • #905 Panopto - This Pennsylvania software company provides live webcasting, presentation recording, video management, video analytics, and mobile video services (among other services) for several types of industries, both business and academic. Panopto has an office in Pittsburgh, PA. [ix]
  • #522 Bravens Inc. - Bravens is an IT Services company that provides business intelligence, cloud, enterprise solutions, infrastructure management, project management, and more to companies. This IT Services company is based in Trexlertown, PA. [x]
  • #820 J2 Solutions - This IT Services company provides consulting services, custom development and package implementations, and support to companies that need to outsource for projects or technology development. They are based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. [xi]

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


 [a] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00  | [b] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1141.00  |  [b onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1134.00  |  [c]  onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1122.00  |  [d] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1131.00 |  [e] Salary Data  [i] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm |[ii]  nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=42 | [iii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151134.htm | [iv] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151122.htm | [v] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151133.htm | [vi] inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/state/pa |  [vii] greenphire.com/about/ |  [viii] brandingbrand.com/b2e |  [ix] panopto.com/about/  |  [x] bravensinc.com/ |  [xi] j2-solutions.com/about_us.aspx |  [xii] pti.edu/programs/school-of-information-technology |  [xiii] pti.edu/programs/school-of-information-technology/information-technology  |  [xiiv] pti.edu/uploads/pages/documents/catalog-2014-2015-4.pdf

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