Technology Degree Jobs

The world moves fast, and information technology is at the forefront of that speed and growth. Almost everything in our lives is controlled by a computer chip or memory card, so it makes sense that jobs in information technology continue to grow by leaps and bounds.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for those graduates of technology degree programs is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, leading to excellent job opportunities in 2010. Want to get in on the action? A bachelor's degree in IT is where it all begins.

Education and Degree Programs in IT

Before you enter a technology degree program, brush up on your background education. Computer science, mathematics, systems design, networking, management, and even finance and marketing are good courses to have under your belt as you start your search for an IT degree program. The hands-on nature of IT means the more experience you have with computer systems, the better.

Most employers prefer a bachelor's degree and related experience, though some want to see a master's degree or higher on your resume. Online learning can be an added bonus, as earning your degree online shows potential employers that you definitely know your way around a computer.

Do thorough career research before you choose the best IT degree program that is right for you. Good career research helps ensure that you get the classes you need to move forward into your chosen field upon graduation.

Potential Jobs in Information Technology

Not sure where you want to go when you graduate? Do your research into these potential IT careers and carefully hone the skills you need to enter one of these fields after you complete your degree program.

  • Computer systems analyst. As computer systems become more sophisticated, the more experience you have, the better your opportunities for advancement. A bachelor's degree is what gets you in on the ground floor.
  • Computer and information systems manager. A bachelor's degree is usually the bare-bones requirement for this position, but discerning employers increasingly prefer a graduate degree. An MBA with technology as a core component can help attract potential job opportunities.
  • Computer support specialist. Offering computer support begins with an associate's degree or certificate, but many employers prefer a bachelor's degree. The more experience you have, the better the job opportunities might be.
  • Technical writer. Technical writers with deep Internet knowledge and experience can find great job opportunities in IT. A degree in communications or journalism is usually preferred, though a degree in information technology is also acceptable.
  • Software engineer. Start with a bachelor's degree and related experience, then pursue your master's degree for greater advancement opportunities. Jobs for software engineers are expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, so opportunities for employment should be excellent.

There are many other career paths available in the technology field, and a wide variety of potential employers to choose from. Your thorough research into degree programs can help you decide which career path is right for you.


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