Internet Technology (IT), web design,  and software development encompass a large number of different technology-based occupations. The majority of new occupations in the 21st Century revolve around computers, and individuals with the skills to develop applications for computers or the internet are highly valued. Even those whom simply maintain current application and data systems are a necessity.

While many technical schools offer classes and degrees in computer science, a majority of programmers and web designers are self-taught or have taken overview computer classes. Learning the basics, like the use of the Microsoft Office Suite can be relatively easy and in some cases a necessity for a particular job, while learning programming languages like C#, Java, and Perl can be little more involved and demanding. But it can be worthwhile to your career.

A novice IT technician can earn around $50,000 per year, and one with years of experience working for a large company can earn $250,000 per year. There are also a wide range of salaries when it comes to software development and a large part of it is based on experience and type of software. The range for a game developer can be from $38,000 to $100,000 per year, a database designer $42,000 to $75,000 per year, and business platform software can earn a developer over $93,000 per year. The salary range for web designers varies based on skill level, but is generally less demanding than other software-related occupations.

There are many online tutorials available for potential learners, but it is hard to come by a developer who doesn’t have a large number of reference books in their home or office. References can be expensive, but there are a massive amount of PDFs available online for free. just be aware that some of the free PDFs will only include the first chapter or two…moreover, not all are from reputable or reliable sources.