Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014
It’s no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that affects us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportunity for the future.
The acceleration of technological innovation is transforming the labor market and is creating expanded career opportunities in IT fields. Whether you’re still deciding on a major or you’ve recently begun your career and are hoping to either advance in your current profession or explore a new one, pursuing an IT degree could be the right path for you. Why?
The workforce needs IT pros with up-to-date skills. You may think that years of past experience are the key to success for IT professionals, but that’s not necessarily true. In fact, more than nine in 10—93 %—of IT and business executives in the United States report there is a large gap between the skills their employees have and the skills employers need, according to CompTIA, a nonprofit trade association representing the IT industry.
Additionally, the IT world is looking for well-rounded tech professionals. The challenges of the industry today demand employees that have more than just technical know-how. For instance, when we were designing the new IT degree program at Mount Washington College (which is regionally-accredited and part of the Kaplan Higher Education Group), we made sure to address emerging areas for which employers were seeking trained employees, offering courses in subjects such as cloud computing, security and forensics, and ethical, legal and social issues in IT administration.
For those of you who have already finished college, returning to school has become easier for students juggling both professional and personal commitments. While many students worry that obstacles such as time and money are too difficult to overcome, new online programs are changing this. For example, the new IT degree through Mount Washington College starts as low as $4,800 annually and is highly flexible, enabling students to finish assignments and earn their degrees as time permits, setting not only class schedules but exam and course completion deadlines as well. Our online program also integrates gamification elements, such as badging, which recognizes the motivation of students and signifies when students should be ready to sit for industry certifications.
Whether you are still deciding on a profession or are seeking to advance in your current career or embark on a new one, career opportunities in the IT industry are many, and now, obtaining the skills you need to be successful in this market are more accessible and affordable than ever.