Our society is now completely dependent on information technology. People use the telecommunications, the Internet, and television to communicate ides, find news and information, and virtually everything else. Plus, the consumer market demands new technologies quickly. Therefore, creative and innovative experts in information technology are constantly in demand with top companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Comcast, and AT&T. Information technology degrees can be surprisingly marketable and can lead to high salaries.
Information technology degrees are available, though rarely, at the community college level. Most people begin their careers in information technology as undergraduates enrolled in four-year degree programs and choose to further their careers by finding entry-level positions or pursuing master's degrees and doctoral degrees. Because degree programs in information technology can be more theoretical and less practical, employers look favorably upon practical experience, as this is the best evidence that students can work successfully in the field. IT graduates work everywhere from local phone companies to major technology corporations, often depending on their experience and education level. As a result, salaries are also varied.
The ability to work with various technologies, and familiarity with different brands and platforms, are of the utmost importance. IT professionals also need to be dedicated self-starters, as employers trust IT experts to foresee and solve problems proactively. Having the ability to work with others is also critical, as information technology is a project-based field that requires regular collaboration. Perhaps most importantly, information technology professionals must be adept problem solvers. Some IT programs contain more programming training, while others strictly focus on computer and IT repair.
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