Information Technology Schools and Programs in Tennessee

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Did you know there are 109 higher education schools in Tennessee? 

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... Jackson, Tennessee, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know the IT occupation that employs the most Tennessee workers is computer systems analyst, with 9,020 professionals serving in this role in 2014? [i] Let's start with some general information about colleges in Tennessee:[ii]

  • Tennessee has a total of 109 degree-granting institutions; that’s 19 more than the national average of 90!
  • Tennessee awarded 64,215 postsecondary degrees/certificates; the national average is 78,228.
  • Tennessee has approximately 138,470 male college students; the national average is 171,951.
  • 194,448 female students attend college in Tennessee, compared to the national average of 228,592.

Information Technology Careers in Tennessee

Tennessee is headquarters to many diverse employers, with about 545,348 firms calling this state home.[iii] Remember that many businesses have IT needs, even if they are not in the technology industry, so you never know where you’ll find your next opportunity! It’s also important to read job descriptions carefully and match your skills and qualifications to the duties of the position. Some IT roles have similar responsibilities even if they come with different titles, so keep an open mind during your job search. Here are some IT career paths that might interest you:   

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 Tennessee in 2014: 9,020
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Tennessee, 3.28 are computer systems analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $47,590
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $112,690
  • From 2008 to 2018, Tennessee is projected to add 80 new computer system analyst positions per year for a total of about 6,670 jobs. That’s an increase of 1.2% per year

Computer systems analyst salary information for specific metro areas of Tennessee[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Chattanooga, TN-GA$58,800$86,900$113,300
Clarksville, TN$50,610$72,040$117,320
Jackson, TN$44,600$63,070$89,540
Johnson City, TN$40,810$59,390$87,640
Knoxville, TN$39,170$79,960$119,550
Memphis, TN-MS-AR$52,980$82,150$110,810
Davidson / Murfreesboro / Franklin / Nashville, TN$46,820$72,930$103,890

 

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 Tennessee in 2014: 1,010
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Tennessee, .37 are information security analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $28,950
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $119,150
  • There is currently no occupational projection data for information security analysts in Tennessee

Information security analyst salary information for specific metro areas of Tennessee[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Chattanooga, TN-GA$62,090$100,260$143,490
Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA$26,290$33,590$143,490
Knoxville, TN$44,360$83,280$114,180
Memphis, TN-MS-AR$21,660$56,240$99,120
Davidson / Murfreesboro / Franklin / Nashville, TN$39,970$72,350$115,550

 

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 Tennessee in 2014: 1,330
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Tennessee, .49 are computer network architects.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $52,980
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $140,860
  • There is currently no occupational projection data for computer network architects in Tennessee

Computer network architect salary information for specific metro areas of Tennessee[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Chattanooga, TN-GA$53,940$81,860$123,370
Johnson City, TN$33,720$49,210$100,360
Knoxville, TN$47,180$90,660$152,620
Memphis, TN-MS-AR$58,550$97,570$130,160
Davidson / Murfreesboro / Franklin / Nashville, TN$66,530$107,210$138,100

 

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 Tennessee in 2014: 2,860
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Tennessee, 1.04 are computer network support specialists.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $39,310
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $90,110
  • There is currently no occupational projection data for computer network support specialists in Tennessee[vi]

Computer network support specialist salary information for specific metro areas of Tennessee[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Chattanooga, TN-GA$35,970$48,110$74,820
Clarksville, TN$31,350$50,360$73,760
Johnson City, TN$33,850$45,710$71,650
Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA$31,040$41,370$68,610
Knoxville, TN$38,720$55,640$77,790
Memphis, TN-MS-AR$40,910$68,530$94,980
Morristown, TN$40,500$45,330$54,940
Davidson / Murfreesboro / Franklin / Nashville, TN$40,560$56,020$92,800

 

Software and IT Services Companies in Tennessee**

Looking for IT jobs in Tennessee? It may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the major players in this industry…and what better place to start than Inc.’s fastest-growing private companies in Tennessee on the 2014 Inc. 5000 List? Twelve IT services companies and four software companies in Tennessee were ranked on this prestigious list. Here are a few that you may want to keep on your radar:[xiii]

  • #956 PlayMaker CRM – This Franklin, Tennessee software company offers web-based CRM software especially for post-acute care services. PlayMaker CRM’s goal is to help businesses in important areas like home health care and hospice to grow their sales. They were founded in 2008 and have experienced a remarkable 471% growth in the last three years.[xiv]
  • #1960 Qualifacts Systems – Qualifacts offers web-based electronic health record (EHR) software that helps behavioral health and human services organizations to manage areas like clinical documentation, patient billing, and more. This Nashville, Tennessee software company has been in business since 2000 and is growing at an impressive rate![xv]
  • #2631 Rustici Software – Based in Franklin, TN, this software company makes products that help e-learning content creators to work well with e-learning content “players.” In other words, they make it easy to use industry standard software like SCORM and Tin Can API for e-learning systems. Rustici has been in business since 2002 and has been listed as one of Nashville’s “Best Places to Work” seven years in a row![xvi]
  • #281 Entrada – This Brentwood, Tennessee IT services company offers digital dictation technology that helps doctors record clinical documentation and convert patient information into electronic health records. Entrada has experienced 1,628% growth over the past three years as was named Inc.’s #1 Tennessee company in 2014![xvii]
  • #434 Cloud for Good – As their name suggests, Cloud for Good offers technology solutions that help nonprofit organizations to maximize their positive impact! This Memphis, Tennessee IT services company specializes in implementing Salesforce CRM technology with a nonprofit twist. They’ve been around since 2010 and have grown 1,091% in the past three years.[xviii]

*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_tn.htm#15-0000 | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=47 | [iii] quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47000.html | [iv] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151121.htm | [v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1121.00 | [vi] jobs4tn.gov/admin/gsipub/htmlarea/uploads/OccupationProjections.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] playmakercrm.com/ | [xv] qualifacts.com/clinical-features/ | [xvi] rusticisoftware.com/who-we-are/ | [xvii] entradahealth.com/ | [xviii] cloud4good.com/

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