The Top Computer Careers For 2008

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The exciting world of computers offers tremendous opportunities to reinvent your career in 2008. With above-average wages and high projected job growth, and entry-level jobs that require no more than a bachelor's degree or certificate (as cited by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), it's no wonder students are flocking to computer training courses of study. That's why The CollegeBound Network recently launched, to help students start the year off right by finding training programs that will help them launch a lucrative information technology (IT) occupation.

"With the demand for trained information technology professionals at an all-time high, there's never been a better time to explore computer schools near you," says Gina LaGuardia, editorial director of The CollegeBound Network, which offers a portal of sites specific to career-focused degrees and certificates.

At, students can find and learn more about these and other IT-related certification and degree programs in their area. Additional resources provide an inside look at various computer careers. Among the most popular programs to explore at

Computer career: Computer applications software engineer
Job description: Analyze users' needs and design, construct, and maintain general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.
Computer degree focus: Computer science or software engineering
2006 salary: $82,000

Computer career: Computer systems analyst
Job description: Solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the individual needs of an organization.
Computer degree focus: Computer science, information science, or management information systems
2006 salary: $72,230

Computer career: Computer systems software engineer
Job description: Coordinate the construction and maintenance of a company's computer systems and plan their future growth.
Computer degree focus: Computer science or computer information systems
2006 salary: $87,250

Computer career: Network systems and data communications analyst
Job description: Design, test, and evaluate systems such as local area networks, wide area networks, the Internet, intranets, and other data communications systems.
Computer degree focus: Computer science or information science
2006 salary: $67,460

More than 1.5 million surfers utilize The CollegeBound Network's resource sites each month, which include,,,,,, and others.

Since 1987, The CollegeBound Network (CBN) has worked with America's leading colleges, universities, and career schools in connecting learners with educational opportunities. CBN specializes in recruitment lead generation solutions for 800+ educational institutions and 3,000 campuses, using its content-rich portals.

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