Business
Information Technology

The field of information technology, or IT, has grown immensely in the past century, as information systems have moved from storing information in physical forms, to storing information in a digital configurations and now, in cyber formats.

Essentially, IT students will be studying the technology involved in developing, maintaining, and using of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data. This technology can be found within physical networks, and on the Internet.

The majority of IT professionals are required to have at least a Bachelor's degree in an area such as computer science, information science or management of information systems. In some cases, an Associate's degree in a similar field, along with employment experience, will be accepted in place of an undergraduate degree. In this case, professional certifications also can help build the candidate's qualifications for employment.

Because information technology is used throughout the world, IT specialists can expect to seek employment in any number of industries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 14 percent of workers are in the field of computer systems design and related services, while many others work in government, insurance, education and finance. IT as a career also can be lucrative, the average salary of a network and computer systems manager was $66,310 in 2008; for systems and data communications analysts it was $71,100.

The curriculum for information technology students is concentrated in the arena of computer systems, but also in the management of information. Courses typically may include computer science, programming, information system security and data communication, as well as business courses such as accounting and business management.

The job prospects for information technology students are excellent, with a much faster than average growth rate of 20 to 53 percent for IT positions expected until 2018. This includes positions for network and computer systems administrators, database administrators and network systems and data communications analysts. Information security, mobile technologies, increased need for data storage, and wireless technologies will all contribute to the rapid growth of these fields. For more information on the job outlook for a specific area of study or industry in the U.S., the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition is available at http://www.bls.gov/oco/


Schools That Offer This Program:
Career Point College
Career Point College
Texas A&M-University Commerce
Strayer University
Strayer University
Western International University
Western International University
Western International University
Trumbull Business College
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
UEI College
Everglades University
Everglades University
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln College of Technology
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Grantham University
Grantham University
Brookline College
Brookline College
Brookline College
Florida Career College
Florida Career College
New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology
Computer Systems Institute
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
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Brown Mackie College
South University
South University
The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes
Advanced Training
Bryant & Stratton College
Bryant & Stratton College
Landsdale School of Business
Landsdale School of Business
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University
CSI
CSI
CSI
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