The Hottest IT Job to Train for Through Online Education 30

The Hottest IT Job to Train for Through Online Education

The following article is a guest post.

Both IT and online education are really hot right now. Information technology is a big industry that is in great need of highly qualified individuals to fill key roles. Online education is so popular thanks to its flexibility and convenience. Plus, there are so many schools that now offer Information technology degree programs that getting your degree online is simple. When you combine these two things, what you get is one of the top jobs in the IT industry that you can easily train for online: computer systems analyst.

What Is a Computer Systems Analyst?

A computer systems analyst is someone who analyzes a current IT set up and then creates solutions to improve it. Generally, they will work closely with managers in a business and IT staff to learn about a system and get to know its issues. Then, using their IT skills, they create new systems or implement changes to the existing systems to increase functionality, improve efficiency and make them more effective overall. An analyst will work with hardware and software. Testing is also done by the analyst. He or she will also provide training on how to use the new features or system.

What Training Is Needed?

To become a computer system analyst, you will need a bachelor’s degree. You can easily find computer science or information technology degree programs online to allow you to get the training you need.  Taking some business courses is also a good idea because of the nature of an analyst’s business. You will work closely with business professionals, so understanding their goals and needs is helpful.

Some employers may prefer that you have a master’s degree, or you may need one to advance your career. Again, you should have no trouble finding appropriate online degree options in the field at this level.

Beyond earning a degree, you may want to continue your education throughout your career by taking enrichment classes or completing certificates. This will allow you to stay on top of trends and changes in the industry. Staying abreast of new developments is essential since the computer field is constantly changing.

How Much Could I Earn?

If you do land a job as a computer systems analyst, then you should be quite happy with the earning potential. The median annual wage in 2015 was $85,800. The highest earners got a wage of $135,450. However, even the lowest earners weren’t doing too shabby at $51,910. The best news, though, is that you probably won’t have any trouble finding a good job. The outlook for jobs in this career is an expected 21 percent growth from 2014 to 2024.

Is This a Good Career for Me?

While this is a great career field with nice job prospects and good earnings, it isn’t for everyone. Part of your online learning experience will be finding out if you really have a knack and passion for this field. As you are completing classes, you may learn that there are aspects of IT that you don’t like or that you are more drawn to. As an analyst, you will need to be interested in troubleshooting and fixing problems. You have to well-versed in hardware and software. You should understand how to put together a system that is user-friendly. You also need to be able to help people who might be technically challenged to understand how to use a system.

There are many aspects to this job, so it is important to assess your skills. If you are good at getting to the bottom of problems, then this could be a great career choice. However, if you struggle with understanding any aspect of how software and hardware work, then this wouldn’t make a good career choice. You need to be honest about your skills.

Keep in mind that if you earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology that you can qualify for a range of different IT careers. You aren’t stuck with being a computer systems analyst. So, don’t get discouraged if you start to feel that this isn’t the career for you. There’s a much bigger IT world out there for you to explore.

Computer systems analyst careers are so hot right now because they are in demand. If you have the right education and skill set, you can make this your career and likely see great success.

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The 5 Most Popular Ways to Make Money on Instagram 28

The 5 Most Popular Ways to Make Money on Instagram

It’s possible to not only make money on Instagram but to even turn this into the biggest asset for your business.

Of course, every item on the list below means you’ll first need to build a following and then monetize it in a way you find best for your strategic goals. But once you have an audience, you attract even more people. And what’s more, they are all more engaged than on any other platform online.

Some individuals and businesses are making a fortune solely on Instagram, but it’s taken them some trial and error to get there.

So, let’s find your best option to cash in on this social media channel:

How to Make Money on Instagram

1. Affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is an option for almost anyone that has control over a platform online. With it, you simply redirect people to another person’s products or services and earn a commission for each sale.

Just like you can do this with your blog by writing reviews or linking to products from your sidebar, and with your email newsletter where you can encourage subscribers to give something a try, you can also use social media to promote an affiliate URL.

With Instagram, that can happen mainly by making the link in your bio point to an affiliate page. Then growing your audience with the hope that many followers will be clicking on it.

But to make the most out of the visual side of Instagram, post beautiful images or even image quotes depending on the type of product or service you promote. Use the description to encourage people to click the link in your bio.

Of course, you’ll need to be targeting the right people. Those that are interested in the niche and the products you’re trying to sell. Also, you’ll have to be making the most of the hashtags related to this field.

2.  Sponsored content.

Next, you can make money on Instagram by publishing sponsored posts.

Once you have a big following that’s engaged, you can start mentioning other products, brands or Instagram accounts.

That shouldn’t be aggressive, though, as users can easily feel when you’re getting too promotional and will quickly unfollow you. So make sure you keep your posting schedule consistent and stick to your overall strategy, but begin publishing a sponsored post every now and then and let it blend into your feed.

For example, some popular Instagram accounts who publish inspiring quotes and motivational content often repost someone else’s post. Or even publish a screenshot of another profile, and use the caption or description to mention it so that people can follow it directly.

This way the other person’s content and account get exposure and you get paid for that.

And if that doesn’t sound lucrative enough to you, let’s think in numbers. With a big enough following, some Instagrammers are charging hundreds or even thousands of dollars for posting a single picture with a mention of a brand or a product on it.

3.  Sell your stuff.

That’s an obvious one, but worth mentioning.

Make money on Instagram by using all the content you post on your account to motivate people to click the link in your bio, where they’ll be presented with your best offer.

That can be your latest book, your membership site, your store on Etsy, your business services, or else.

In this case, your goal will be one: to turn more followers into customers.

Of course, you can also link to your blog or podcast, but here we’re talking about direct ways to monetize Instagram.

4. License your photos.

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You don’t need to be a photographer, but if you’re making great pictures anyways, you might as well get paid to do that.

Many businesses or individuals can’t create their own photos but are looking for inspiring images to go together with their content. If you’re a travel enthusiast, for instance, or a foodie who loves to plate your food like a pro, let your Instagram account be the place to put all that inspiration online.

Add a watermark to each photo and use the caption, description and link in bio to let people know where they can buy the photos.

There are actually 2 great marketplaces where you can put your Instagram photos up for sale. That’s Foap and Twenty20.

5. Sell your account.

A less popular, but highly lucrative option is to invest resources to grow an account and then sell it. That’s not against the rules, of course, and is for people who aren’t promoting their own business or brand, and who are simply doing it for the money.

It’s similar to flipping sites.

You can use ViralAccounts – a platform for selling and buying viral social media accounts.

So, I think there ways to make money on Instagram are enough to get you started and let you create your strategy and start building your following.

How will you monetize your account and why?