Careers in technology can be found at every professional level and, today, you can find courses taught for every type of job. For purposes of discussion, it helps to divide the field of technology into two roughly drawn areas: computer science and information technology.
Computer science is the study of technology’s hardware: what the component parts are, how the parts are built, and how the parts work. This can apply as much to a network router as it applies to a computer. Information technology deals with the use of the computer’s output: digital data in an assortment of formats. Thus, information technology (IT) includes the functions of the Internet, computer networks, software design, database security, and so forth.
Colleges and universities have developed curricula for many subdivisions of these two broad areas. Degree levels ranging from an associate’s to a doctorate can be found for computer science, information technology and related fields of study. About 40% of America’s colleges and universities offer some form of extension learning or online education program, and there are many colleges that function solely online as well. So, availability for technology schools is widespread – local community colleges, universities, or online schools all have technology programs.
There are courses of study for jobs in technology that do not lead a college diploma. 9- to 18-month programs that result in certification for the student can be found in areas such as network maintenance, office software, computer maintenance and other technical support positions. Examples of these types of certificates can be found at CDI College: CISCO Certified Network Administrator. Network Administrator. Network and Internet Security Specialist. Network and Internet Support Specialist. Network Support Specialist. Programmer/Network Support Analyst. Computer Programmer/Web Developer. Programmer Analyst/Internet Solutions Developer. Programmer Analyst/Web Developer. Computer Business Applications Specialist. Computer Programmer.
While CDI focuses on certification programs, Capella University is an online college at the other end of the educational spectrum, offering four master of science degree programs in information technology: MS in IT – General Information Technology. MS in IT – Information Security. MS in IT – Network Architecture and Design. MS in IT – System Design and Programming.
Kaplan University fills in the middle ground with 6 associate’s degrees and 6 bachelor’s degrees in information technology. Among their fields of specialization are the following: AAS in Computer Information Systems. AASCIS/Java. AASCIS/Networking. AASCIS/Programming. AASCIS/Wireless Networking. BS in Information Technology. BSIT/Database. BSIT/Multimedia and Animation. BSIT/Networking. BSIT/Programming. BSIT/Web Development.
Generally, online technology degrees will take less time to complete than those offered at a traditional university or college. If you have college credits from previous experience, some of them may be transferable. An associate’s degree can take as little as 13 months and, a bachelor’s, 2 to 3 years.
The range of educational options and professional opportunities is wide and getting wider all the time. Credentialing programs are becoming very specific, with online training programs available in certain computer languages or code writing. College degrees are also being developed that focus on an increasing number of specialties, such as microelectronics and fiber optic networking. There is an option to match almost any level of initiative and area of interest.