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Information Technology Degrees in the News




Prepare For A Career That Pays Over $85K

Posted September 21, 2013

Career #6 - Computer and Information Systems Manager Computers baffle some people - but not you. Which means it could be time for you to build on your computer-savvy and prepare for a high-paying career as a computer and information systems manager. As a computer and information systems manager, you might analyze your company's computer needs, recommend and install upgrades to computer hardware and software, and negotiate with technology vendors to get the best service for your company, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Five Smart Alternatives To Traditional College Degrees

Posted September 21, 2013

And the sky is the limit for computer science degree holders. "I think you can go anywhere with a computer science degree. It's the very first degree that comes to mind as being good to have on a resume," says Heathfield. That's because every business is dependent on computers, computer networks, and the Internet, and people who are experts in this field will go far, she says.

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Job Outlook With an Information Technology Degree - Degreecentral.com

Posted September 20, 2013

Whether it is drafting reports at work, conducting research and writing papers in school, or logging on to your bank account online to pay bills, there is virtually no task today that does not, in one way or the other, utilize information technology. Technology has become a critical part of our public and personal lives. Individuals with an IT education and/or background not only have a great chance of finding immediate and meaningful employment, but also stand at the forefront of some of the most exciting and lucrative jobs in the future.

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Degrees That Get You Hired - Yahoo! Education

Posted September 20, 2013

Computers are an indispensable part of the economy, and so are graduates who study computer science, which ranks as the third most valuable degree in today's job market.

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Technology Sector Remains Upbeat About Job Growth - NPR

Posted September 20, 2013

Google and Microsoft aren't the only companies with technology jobs. Any company that manages lots of data, including hospitals, banks, insurance firms and retailers, needs technology workers.

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Fast Growing Careers That Pay - Yahoo! Education

Posted September 20, 2013

Computer software engineers rely on their knowledge of computer science and mathematical analysis to develop, design, test, and evaluate the software and systems that operate our computers. Their tasks are evolving quickly and reflect the ever-changing landscape of computer technology.

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IT jobs "to grow much faster than the average, and job prospects should be excellent" - US Department of Labor

Posted September 20, 2013

Overall employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is projected to increase by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, this occupation will add 286,600 new jobs over that period.

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Degrees That Get You Noticed - Yahoo! Education

Posted September 20, 2013

In today's cost-cutting times, companies are turning to technology to find ways to operate more efficiently. As a result, new IT grads possess the kinds of skills that companies need right now.

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Degrees With High Earning Potential - Yahoo! Education

Posted September 20, 2013

Why do information systems grads have great earning potential? Perhaps because they are in demand. According to the Department of Labor, employment of information systems managers is estimated to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018.

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Top 5 In-Demand Degrees - Yahoo! Education

Posted September 20, 2013

Going back to school to study computer science is a great way to stay relevant. Computers have revolutionized the business world and even the way we enjoy our free time. At the center of this perfect storm are computer scientists, who are always looking for more creative and efficient ways to do things.

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The Most Underrated Jobs - Yahoo! Finance

Posted September 20, 2013

Three of the most underrated jobs already made CareerCast's list of best jobs in January 2011: Software engineer, computer systems analyst and dental hygienist.

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Hot, High-Paying Career Sectors - Yahoo! Finance

Posted September 20, 2013

Software developers build the modules or layers of code that create software programs to run on computers or electronic devices. They are currently in high demand because tech startups and giants like Facebook and Google can't recruit enough top in-house engineering talent fast enough to keep pace with rivals. Developers needs to have strong communication, creative problem solving and analytical skills.

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Education for In-Demand Careers - Software Engineer - Yahoo! Education

Posted September 20, 2013

Software engineers serve as computer gurus by creating programs to help companies win the race. When they aren't programming, they test and maintain software.

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Five Winning Careers for 2012 - Computer Software Engineer - Yahoo! Education

Posted September 20, 2013

Are you a self-proclaimed computer geek? Good news: With the right education, you could use your interest in computer programming languages in a new career as a computer applications engineer. The job usually consists of developing and designing software for games, operating systems, business needs, and more.

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IT: A Great Field for Women

Posted September 20, 2013

Women earn more than men do when they work in information technology. According to the BLS databook, the typical full-time female worker earns about 81 cents for every dollar that her male counterpart earns (http://www.bls.gov/cps/wlf-databook-2011.pdf). According to PayScale (www.payscale.com), women working in IT, on average, have a higher income than men working in IT ($55,400 versus $54,900 average yearly income). Another IT-related field, Management Information Systems, showed virtually no difference between the pay of men and women. Information Technology is a great vocation for anyone, woman or man, who seeks to serve other people by applying and managing technology to solve problems. See this 15 February 2012 NY Times story for more details:

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5 Smart Online Degree Picks

Posted September 20, 2013

It's hard to imagine a degree more geared to online education than one in computer and information technology (commonly referred to as IT). Think about it: the second you click the mouse to log-in, you're practicing skills in your area of interest - before you even study. When you do study, you'll concentrate on more than just those mysterious digital boxes we call computers. You'll likely focus on how information and computing systems support business, research, and communications, and might have the option to specialize in exciting areas such as web design, gaming, or digital communication. This broad educational base could lead to a promising career in many fields, especially now that more and more companies depend on computers and technology. Potential Careers and Average Salaries* •Computer Programmer: $74,900 •Computer Systems Analyst: $81,250 •Software Developer, Applications: $90,410 *All potential career and average salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor using 2010 salary data.

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OSU Online Degree Program

Posted September 20, 2013

While this story is about OSU's new online program, the concepts apply broadly: computer science and information technology post-bac program are in demand and result in new opportunities for students. New Online Degree in Computer Science Amplifies Career Opportunities in Numerous Fields Addressing the worldwide need for more computing experts, Oregon State University has developed the nation's first online post-baccalaureate degree program in computer science, which is expected to open doors to countless new career opportunities for students, professionals and unemployed workers. The need for expertise in computer science has now become so pervasive that these skills can be paired with almost any other type of college degree, and it actually amplifies the value of both of them,? said Terri Fiez, head of OSU?s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. And as our economy is recovering, there is an explosion of companies who are coming here looking for employees. This program will create workers who are able to fill those high-paying jobs.? The average annual salary for people in computer science-related fields ranges from $60,000 to $90,000, according to OSU.

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Degrees Employers Plan to Hire in 2012

Posted September 20, 2013

#3 In-Demand Degree - Bachelor's in Computer and Information Sciences "Computer science, network administration, identity theft and security - all of these industries are hiring like mad," says Heathfield. And statistics from the NACE report don't stray far from Heathfield's observations. In fact, the report found that 59.3 percent of the surveyed employers said they're planning on hiring bachelor's in computer and information sciences grads this year. Click to Find the Right Computer and Information Sciences Program. In-Demand Factors: You only need to look at your smartphone, tablet, or computer screen to know why the demand for computer science majors isn't going away anytime soon. Potential Careers: With a bachelor's degree in computer or information science, you could prepare to pursue tech-savvy careers like network and computer systems administrator, computer systems analyst, or software developer.*

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Yahoo! Top careers for recent college graduates

Posted September 20, 2013

Check out these growing entry-level careers that are ideal for recent college graduates. By Deanna Ting Are you a recent college grad wondering about your job prospects? Maybe you're thinking about going back to school to earn a degree, but want to first ensure that there are careers out there for you. Either way, you'll want to keep reading. While there are no guarantees that a college degree will lead to a job, there are certain careers that are more catered to fresh college grads. Even better, these careers are also seeing an increase in jobs between 2010 and 2020. Want to find out more? Read on for the best careers for recent graduates. Career #3 - Computer Programmer??Chances are that many of the things you use on a daily basis - your computer and your smartphone included - utilize software codes written by computer programmers. Computer programmers take the program designs that software developers and engineers dream up and turn them into commands that a computer can follow, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Why it's a Hot Job for Recent Grads: "This is a good entry-level position because there's often a need for people who can write code and help find mistakes and debug any issues," says Blitzer. In fact, computer programming positions are seeing an uptick in jobs, according to the Department of Labor, which notes a projected 12 percent growth from 2010 to 2020. Education Options: Have your sights on this career and want to go back to school to prep for it? Most programmers possess a bachelor's degree, but there are some companies that will also hire programmers with an associate's degree. Look into computer science or a related major.??Median Annual Wage for Computer Programmers: $72,630* Average for workers in the 90th percentile: $115,610* Average for workers in the 10th percentile: $41,710*

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US News: Best Technology Jobs - Computer Systems Analyst

Posted September 20, 2013

With a median salary of just over $78,000 and an unemployment rate of only 2.5%, becoming employed as a computer systems analyst is a position that Concordia's MSIT program can help you prepare for. "Determining how a computer system can best serve a business or organization's needs is a key role of a computer systems analyst. As such, these professionals must be big-picture oriented and have a clear understanding of how the components within a computer system—hardware, software, and networks—work together. They're charged with analyzing that interaction and making recommendations that will ultimately help a company or organization operate more efficiently."

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