Area: Network Administration

Sub-Area:

  • Intranet
    • Development
    • Installation
    • Testing
    • Monitoring
    • Maintenance
    • Security
    • Support
  • Hardware and Software Design

Employers:

  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting fi rms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Strategies & Information:

  • Seek work experience in university computer labs.
  • Develop effective analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Expect to spend a signifi cant amount of time responding to inquiries from colleagues, customers and employees.
  • Acquire strong oral and written communication skills and interest in helping others.
  • Gain knowledge in a variety of computer areas including minor programming, software and hardware.
  • Stay abreast of the latest technologies.
  • Obtain applicable certifi cations such as Cisco or Microsoft.

Area: Database Administration

Sub-Area:

  • Development
  • Installation
  • Testing
  • Maintenance/Support
  • Archiving/Security
  • Upgrading
  • Systems Integration
  • Management

Employers:

  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting fi rms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop logical thinking skills, attention to detail and the ability to concentrate for long periods of time.
  • Obtain technical experience through paid or volunteer positions.
  • Seek general knowledge of computer languages and database management software; consider specializing in one for increased marketability.
  • Acquire strong communication skills to prepare for work with teams of programmers and with staff who may have limited computer training.

Area: Web Administration

Sub-Area:

  • Website
    • Design
    • Programming/Development
    • Management
  • System Administration
  • Analysis

Employers:

  • Internet-related companies including:
    • Browsers
    • Search engines
    • Website design services
  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting firms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Strategies & Information:

  • Gain experience in web development or maintenance through part-time jobs or internships.
  • Seek expertise in information architecture and usability.
  • Volunteer to design web sites for student organizations or community groups.
  • Learn web-related programming languages.
  • Develop problem solving and creative thinking skills.
  • Learn to work effectively in a team by participating in group projects or student organizations.

Area: Systems Development

Sub-Area:

  • Planning/Analysis
  • Design
  • Building/Coding
  • Integration/Testing
  • Operations/Maintenance
  • Project Management

Employers:

  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting firms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop excellent interpersonal skills for effective communication with technical and non-technical colleagues and clients.
  • Gain knowledge of industries, business areas or government agencies of interest. Complete a minor to gain specialized knowledge related to the field.
  • Strengthen logical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Maintain current knowledge of computer languages and technology.
  • Gain programming experience and specialize for increased opportunities.
  • Obtain business experience through internships or part-time employment.
  • Supplement program with courses such as accounting, management, human resources, consulting to increase understanding of business theory.
  • Earn a graduate degree in technology or business for advanced opportunities in analysis, project management and executive operations

Area: Technical Support

Sub-Area:

  • Hardware, Software, Systems Support
  • System Oversight/Evaluation
  • Training
  • Technical Writing
  • Marketing
  • Sales

Employers:

  • Software, hardware and systems developers
  • Technical service providers
  • Retailers
  • Education institutions

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills and patience.
  • Display interest and ability in customer problem solving. A commitment to customer satisfaction is imperative.
  • Seek work experience in university computer labs and help desks.
  • Obtain general sales or customer service experience.
  • Develop extensive knowledge of merchandise for retail sales positions.
  • Take technical writing courses to develop skills.

Area: Education/Training

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Proprietary (for profit) schools
  • K-12 public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Corporations
  • Non-profi t organizations

Strategies & Information:

  • Gain experience working with students through tutoring, part-time employment, internships in computer labs and/or other technical positions.
  • Develop excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Inquire about certifi cation process which is required for K-12 teaching and varies by state.
  • Earn a graduate degree in information technology or a related fi eld for increased opportunities. A Master's degree may be suffi cient for teaching at community or two-year institutions.
  • Seek doctoral degree related to information sciences for teaching opportunities at colleges and universities.

Area: Consulting

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Consulting firms
  • Self-employed

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills for communicating with clients.
  • Obtain a strong technical knowledge of computers, a background in business management and experience in systems analysis.
  • Become familiar with various programming languages and operating systems.
  • Earn applicable certifi cations.
  • Demonstrate abilities to self-motivate and work independently.

General Information and Strategies