7 Most Common IT Jobs in Ohio: Network, Systems Engineer
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7 Most Common IT Jobs in Ohio: Network, Systems Engineer

If you’re an IT professional looking for work in Ohio, it’s a great place to be. Here at CBT Nuggets, we’ve pulled a tremendous amount of information about jobs in the IT field all over the country and compiled it to help understand where IT jobs are throughout the country. And when it comes to Ohio, not only are IT jobs plentiful, they’re distributed all across the state.

In fact, IT jobs are distributed more evenly throughout Ohio than nearly any of its fellow Midwestern states. Throughout the Midwest, IT jobs tend to cluster in only one metropolitan area in a state — Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis all have over 60% of their state’s total IT jobs. However, In Ohio no city has more than about 30% of the state’s IT jobs, even when suburbs are counted. That means IT professionals can pick and choose from many places throughout the state to look for work.

Because our data includes job descriptions of existing positions as well as job postings for available jobs, it reflects both the current job scene and the potential for growth. If you’re looking for IT jobs in Ohio, the largest cities are the place to start. According to our data, 80% of the state’s IT jobs can be found in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Akron and Toledo. But don’t let that discourage you from looking in smaller cities throughout the state like Lima or Springfield, both of which have a modest number of IT jobs.

From network administrator to sysadmin, from analyst to senior engineer, IT jobs and opportunities are sprouting up throughout the country. If you want visualization of where IT jobs are located throughout the country, check out our interactive map of jobs in the IT field, State of IT Jobs.

7.  Senior Systems Engineer

All throughout Ohio, companies are looking for IT professionals who know how to analyze the operations of a business, uncover their digital needs, factor in costs and implementation, and create a ground-up plan for purchasing, installing, configuring and implementing systems. That’s why our data show senior systems engineers are the No. 7 IT job in Ohio.

Senior systems engineers are often distinguished by holding the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification, a validation of excellence in creating not just networks, but all aspects of a business’ system solutions. If you’re a senior systems engineer looking for work in Ohio, you’ll likely want to make Columbus your first stop, where the most jobs that include the MCSE are located. But Cincinnati, Dayton, and Cleveland also have many job postings for experienced systems engineers too.

Interestingly, Lima has an inordinately large number of job postings that would be suitable for senior systems engineers. Lima doesn’t have a particularly large IT footprint in Ohio, but it does land quite high on the list of cities with jobs for senior systems engineers.

6. Network Administrator

Often a first job in a long career planning, implementing, configuring, and troubleshooting every aspect of a business network, network administrators are needed in every major city in Ohio, and plenty of smaller ones. In Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton there are upward of 60,000 jobs that mention a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate, one of the hallmarks of a trained professional in network administration.

If you’re eager to work outside of the major cities in Ohio, you’ll need to look carefully: while there are many jobs for network administrator throughout the state, for the most part they’re in the major cities or their suburbs. For example, Amelia, a smaller city southeast of Cincinnati, has about 100 jobs that a network administrator could fill, but it’s only 15 miles away from Cincinnati, and that’s about as far away as you can expect to get and still find decent numbers of netadmin jobs.

5. Data Analyst

Data analysts support companies by spotting patterns and producing reports about them. In the IT world, that often involves performing network audits or analyses of server loads and latency in order to optimize configurations for highest profitability.

In Ohio, the best bet for data analysts looking for jobs is to start in the cities that host the highest number of IT jobs: Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Cleveland.

4. Business Analyst

Throughout the business world, a business analyst is a necessary player that helps guide the investments and direction of a company. For a business analyst to be successful, they need to understand the inner workings of a company to diagnose pain points and how to improve profits or efficiency. In the IT world, the best business analysts are those who have a deep and expert understanding of system and network operations.

In Ohio, business analysts trained in incorporating project planning and management principles with technology opportunities will be able to find lucrative work throughout the state. A business analyst with the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or the CompTIA Project+ certifications could make better predictions and analysis, and find work in cities like Akron, Toledo and Cuyahoga Falls, as well as the major metros of Ohio.

3. Software Engineer

As Ohio’s economy expands and companies invest more in Ohio’s many burgeoning industries, they need experts who are capable of not just installing pre-existing software, but who can engineer entire software schema for implementing supply chains, customer relationships, and fulfillment.

That’s why software engineer is the No. 3 IT job in the state of Ohio. A software engineer is extremely valuable all over Ohio and can is all but guaranteed to find work in any of the big cities of the state — Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron and Toledo all have many jobs for software engineers. Companies like TekSynap and Horizon Industries in Columbus or Proctor and Gamble, TriHealth, and CompuCom in Cincinnati all have positions suitable for software engineers, as do many others.

2. Systems Engineer

Just as a software engineer might incorporate a company’s business needs into its software schema, a systems engineer is needed to plan and execute the hardware, network and infrastructure strategies. That’s why systems engineer is our No. 2 IT job in Ohio — more and more companies are investing in their digital infrastructure and need experts who can create and sustain it.

Systems engineers often earn their Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification to distinguish themselves in the field. Some even earn the Certified Ethical Hacker certification if their job includes locking down networks and intrusion attempts. With these certs, a systems engineer would have no trouble finding jobs in Ohio’s cities as well as suburbs like Hilliard, Westerville, Fairborn and Dublin.

1. Network Engineer

Our data reveals that network engineer is the top IT job in Ohio. For network engineers who hold their Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certifications, particularly the CCIE Routing & Switching, and CCIE Wireless certifications there are ample work opportunities in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Akron.

But despite those cities and their suburbs holding upwards of 25,000 jobs for network engineers with their CCIE, opportunities fall off sharply outside of that. Most small cities throughout Ohio tend not to have very many positions for network engineers.

Explore the State of IT Jobs Map

Hopefully this list helps you  search for an IT job in Ohio. If you’re interested in seeing how IT jobs throughout the country are distributed, visit our interactive map of IT jobs in the U.S., State of IT Jobs.

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