So, the time has come to choose that perfect IT degree. It doesn’t matter if you are beginning your college education, you’ve already graduated and are beginning to look for that perfect career, or you’re looking to make a career change, this is a very important decision that you need to make. Choosing the right career path in IT is essential to making sure you will have the challenges and upward mobility that will make it all worthwhile. So, how do you decide which path to take?

There are, fortunately, tons of resources out there for IT professionals and beginning IT professionals to use in choosing the correct career path. While forecasts call for IT jobs overall to see increased spending on salaries, training and budgets for IT professionals, there are some jobs that are expected to be on a faster track to career growth than others. These jobs, if you have the right training and education to get them, will almost certainly fast track your career.

Some of these jobs will be attainable right out of high school, if you have the right certification or training. For example, web developer positions do not always require any particular education other than the training or self-education required to fulfill the job requirements. Other paths, however, require varying levels of college education, from an associate’s degree to graduate degrees. The infographic below, provided by KAlliance.com, will help you see which career paths require certification and which paths will require you to have a college degree.