New Jersey computer schools are keeping pace with a state determined to grow its high-tech employment base. With training that spans vendor certifications to degrees, IT training centers in New Jersey help prepare professionals to advance their careers or break into the field. Certificate, associate and bachelor's degrees in a variety of specialties are available through New Jersey computer schools. Also, a master's degree from one of the computer learning centers in New Jersey can prepare individuals for high-paying computer research scientist careers or high-growth careers in technology management.
From the southern Jersey shore up to Essex County, there are a number of computer training schools from which to choose. The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education lists more than 50 post-secondary institutions in the state.
New Jersey tech jobs: Employment, salary and job outlook
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that computer systems design and related careers are expected to grow 7.5 percent between 2008 and 2018. Furthermore, the management, scientific and technical consulting industry employed 36,200 people in 2008 and is expected to grow 16.3 percent by 2018. Together, these two industries accounted for 2.2 percent of New Jersey workers in 2008.
In 2010, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority provided almost $49 million in support to 39 projects, many of which created jobs. Princeton Power Systems, a green power conversion technology company in West Windsor, projects 91 new jobs. IT/software services firm NexAge Technologies, which is ranked among the Fast 50 Asian-American Businesses, will add 25 new jobs in Woodbridge. These are only a few of the technology companies that New Jersey is helping to grow.
According to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Jersey's 130,650 computer and math professionals earned an average annual salary of $85,570. Among IT professionals in New Jersey, the best paid are the 1,010 computer and information research scientists who made $101,910, on average, in 2010.