eCommerce

eCommerce is an emerging field of business that involves using the Internet and other technologies to connect companies with customers around the world. The following resource can help you decide if eCommerce is right for you and includes information about employment, salaries and education.

Is eCommerce For Me?

Career Overview

The emergence of eCommerce has enabled many businesses to change the way they market their goods and promote their products to customers. Traditional business strategies are being reformulated, and old ways of thinking are being replaced by new theories and ideas. If you're thinking of launching a career in business and are interested in the fast-growing world of technology, you may want to pursue a formal study of eCommerce.

Employment and Salary Information

As an eCommerce specialist, you may find employment as a computer, marketing or sales professional. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job openings for computer systems and market research analysts nationwide are expected to increase by 25% and 32%, respectively, or much faster than average, between 2012 and 2022.

As of May 2013, computer systems and market research analysts earned corresponding median annual salaries of $81,190 and $60,800. A fast-as-average growth in jobs is expected for wholesale and manufacturing representatives, who earned a median annual salary of $54,410 in May 2013. In the same month, the median annual salary for a database administrator was $78,520; employment for database administrators is projected to grow by 15%, or faster than average, through 2022 (www.bls.gov).

How Can I Work in eCommerce?

Educational Options

Educational programs in eCommerce are available at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Many colleges and universities also offer business degrees with an emphasis on eCommerce. As a student in an eCommerce degree program, you may study business and data communications, accounting principles, computer applications and website design. Your curriculum might also include topics in electronic markets and Internet marketing strategies.

A Master of Science in E-Commerce program may provide you with the specialized training you need for a career in business or computer software design. Programs at this level may include courses in human-computer interaction, database technologies, software engineering and project management. You might also study eCommerce servers and enterprise infrastructure. Formal instruction in eCommerce might also qualify you for a position in information systems, Internet marketing management and technical consulting.

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