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Information Technology

The Breakdown

It’s a simple fact: computers are ubiquitous. Whether being used for work or play, we’ve come to rely on them on a daily basis. One might even say this usage borders on addiction. Unfortunately, this means that one wrong click or error message can send us into a tailspin. As an IT major, you’ll become a 21st century knight in shining armor, able to swoop in and diagnose and fix a variety of computer-related problems. Of course, you’ll also be much more than a one-man/woman help desk.

At its core, information technology is the synthesis of computer technology and information systems. IT majors study a variety of topics, learning everything from application development, networking and website management to digital media publishing, information systems and databases. More importantly, they go beyond the basics of computer science and learn how to assess the needs of a business or user. As they progress in their studies, IT majors learn how to take that analysis and combine hardware and software components as well as data and procedures. The end result is an understanding of how to integrate a system that will enhance the technological capabilities of a user/client while helping them become more efficient.

Information technology is a great course of study for students not only interested in computers but fascinated by how people use them. Successful candidates have technical prowess, a creative spirit and strong communication skills. They are good at gathering and evaluating information and recognize how to convert their findings into a tangible product or system.

Nuts and Bolts

Naturally, you’re wondering what your schedule might look like should you choose to become an IT major. If you select this path, you could enroll in classes like Cyber Self Defense, Network Fundamentals, Human Factors in Information Processing, Application Development, Business Intelligence Systems, Advanced Programming, Technology Risk Management and Principles of Data Mining.

Decisions, Decisions

Sure, you’re fascinated by computers but is information technology really the major for you? If you’re not completely sold or if you’re looking to supplement your knowledge, you should think about looking into computer science, computer engineering, web design or computer graphics.

What's Next

To the chagrin of Luddites and technophobes across the globe, technology is here to play an ever expanding role in our lives. Fortunately, as an IT major, that means that there’ll likely always be a market for your skill-sets. Indeed, many students go on to become programmers, PC support specialists or software testers. Still others find positions as web masters, quality assurance analysts, data security analysts or systems administrators. Regardless of the direction you ultimately choose, if you graduate with a degree in information technology, you should be able to find a role within a variety of companies and professional settings.

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