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Why a degree in computer technology?

To the naked eye, reading code is just as confusing as forming words in alphabet soup. But not to you. You’ve been on computers since the age of 2. And most likely, you could do more on a computer by high school than most people can by adulthood.

What computer technology degree options exist?

The computer and technology industry may have some big names, but they all started somewhere. And it was usually in a garage or basement. With our growing dependency on technology, job growth is off the charts. Between 2014 and 2024, computer and information technology positions are increasing by 8%-27%, depending on the job. That’s higher than any other field!* Even better, there is no lack of customers since 92% of Americans own at least one computerized device.** All of these customers will need new devices, apps and support, so why shouldn’t they get it from you?

Whether you can build a computer, fix it, or program it, just know you’ve made elite status. You are beyond those of us who cross our fingers and hope a restart will fix our problems. You know the ins and outs of the machines we can’t live without. And now you’re just a few classes away from its limitless possibilities.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook
**Pew Internet and American Life project, 'Technology Device Ownership: 2015'
Earnings can vary depending on degree earned and occupation.

What are some cutting-edge careers in this industry?

Someone has to come up with all those apps for mobile devices and tablets, right? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of software developers to grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024.* And since hardly a day goes by without news of a possible cyberattack, businesses of all sorts seek information security analysts. While you’re thwarting hackers, you’ll be building up your own bank account. Median salary for software developers is $48 per hour.*

*http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm
Earnings can vary depending on degree earned and occupation.

How do you work your way to the top in the computer technology industry?

A combination of education and experience can take you far, making internships during college a great first step on the career path. Research the degree(s) held by people holding your dream job. A bachelor’s may be sufficient for a data analyst, but information research scientists typically need a Ph.D.* And plan on being a lifelong learner. Technology keeps advancing, and those who keep up with the changes fare the best.

*http:// http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm
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