What is Information Technology?
Information technology (IT) is the science of acquiring, storing, distributing, transferring and securing information. IT professionals work in a variety of related fields, including database management, computer programming, network security, web design and many others. This means using computers and computer networks to make information available at a moment’s notice to fellow users, company personnel, or a national or even worldwide network.
Why pursue a career in Information Technology?
Computer networks are a basic but critical component of businesses. Each business network is built using multiple computers containing documents, applications, images, system tools, etc. Companies use network systems technicians to upgrade computer systems and develop wide area and local area network capabilities in order to keep vital company information accessible. Network administrators also keep their networks secure from a growing industry of hackers whose business it is to gather business intelligence by infiltrating a company’s data.
Certifications built into IT Program: Students in the Information Technology Associate’s program can earn industry-recognized certifications as part of their coursework.
Demand for IT Professionals
Demand for IT professionals is growing rapidly and employers are expected to hire 148,000 new workers in 2011 alone, according to an economist at Moody’s Analytics. Career analysts consistently document that the IT industry places in the top 5 hottest jobs in America, with an estimated 640,000 more IT workers with bachelor’s degrees needed by 2014. As demand continues to increase, the average salary also continues to rise.
Job projections for network and computer systems administrators remains among the fastest growing industries in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Median annual earnings of computer programmers are excellent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 edition.
The Information Technology degree program prepares students for occupations as Computer and Information Systems Managers, Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts, and other related IT careers. For related occupational information, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.
SOC Codes (Standard Occupational Classification) related to IT careers: 11-3021.00 & 15-1081.00
The Associate of Occupational Science in Information Technology program is a comprehensive, occupational career training program in information technology. This program provides 60 semester credit hours of instruction with extensive hands-on training, including projects and case studies. Day and evening classes meet 20 hours per week for 4 semesters (60 weeks or 16-months).
The Information Technology program at Fountainhead provides you with the career training necessary to meet the needs and demands of all types of businesses. We help you develop the knowledge and skills to implement LAN (local area networks) and WLAN (wireless local area networks), and develop, maintain, and incorporate security features to protect your network against unauthorized use. This program can help graduates launch careers in technology-related fields with job titles such as Network Administrator, Computer Technician, or Network Engineer.