The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree.
Your future is written in the code.
Not only is technology not going away, IT jobs are expected to grow by 22% between 2010 and 2020.* If you’re someone who excels at solving problems and playing with technology, a career in information technology may be for you. And if you’re already strolling down another career path where you don’t feel as satisfied, think to yourself, I like computers … I like technology … I want to do that! There is a perfect solution for you: an online IT degree.
Are you hesitant to go with an online program? Especially as a soon-to-be technology whiz, you shouldn’t be. Here are some ways online schools are better.
1. Show me the accreditation.
Look for accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) to guarantee that your credits will transfer to other schools and/or grad programs and to ensure the quality of your education matches that of on-campus programs. Without accreditation, you run the risk of getting a degree employers will pass over. With accreditation, you’re on equal or higher playing ground.
2. Take class in your pajamas or your favorite Comic Con costume — no judgments here!
Information technology already requires a lot of alone time in front of the computer screen. With an online program, you can take your courses and do the exercises and projects without leaving the comfort of your home on your own time.
3. Choices, choices, and more choices waiting for your click.
Depending on your interests, you may only have to take two years of classes before getting a degree to land a job you want. There are 899 online degrees available: 89 associate’s, 99 bachelor’s, and 15 doctorate programs. Here are some of the popular ones:
- Computer Science
- Software Engineering
- Computer Forensics
- Information Security
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Information Systems
- Information Technology
- Game Development
Pay varies between IT jobs as does everyday tasks and skills needed, so do your research before jumping into an IT degree. Regardless of which you choose and what discipline you go into, information technology professionals will always be learning to keep up with changing technology.
4. Learn about computers on a computer — duh.
It seems to make the most sense to jump on your computer to earn a degree in IT, so why not make your education exclusively on the computer? You’ll need to know practical technical management skills in most IT jobs, but don’t fret in your online learning career—schools nowadays provide strong support to their distant students. You can always reach someone via email or telephone. And if worst comes to worst, you have a situation where you can put your problem-solving skills and technology background to use if a problem does arise.
All in all, if you’re working, stuck in a certain location, or too busy to attend classes on campus, turn to the Internet to change your career path. You’re already gaga over computers, code, and the high tech. Take control of that passion with a click of your mouse today.