Intense job growth: In Kentucky, the number of jobs in information technology occupations is projected to grow 15.6 percent between 2016 and 2026. And growth is even greater than that in specific IT careers. The number of jobs for software developers, systems, is expected to grow 21.7 percent; and for software developers, applications, 33.4 percent! (Source: Kentucky Center for Statistics, Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2026)
Excellence in Cyber Defense: Cyber centers at three Kentucky universities have been named National Centers for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. They are the University of Louisville’s Cyber Security Lab at Speed Engineering School, Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Information Security, and the University of the Cumberlands School of Computer and Information Sciences.
Demand for security: Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The average salary in Kentucky is $77,862. (Sources: Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Head in the cloud: More companies are hiring cloud architects to give structure to their storage space in the cloud. Also known as computer network architects, these highly skilled IT professionals earn an average of $75,928 per year in Kentucky. (Source: Kentucky Center for Statistics, Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2026)