If you have just graduated from college with a degree in technology, you are well on your way to securing a stable position in one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Job growth in information technology is expected to reach 17 percent for the 2008-2018 decade. This translates to more than 50,000 new jobs in the coming years.
Information technology graduates will have their pick of top paying careers such as lead applications developer, network manager, senior IT auditor, applications architect, data modeler, senior web developer, business intelligence analyst, network manager, and many others. These careers pay an average of $74,250 per year on the low end (data modeler) up to $120,000 on the high end (applications architect). If you are considering a career in software publishing, with experience, you can expect to earn an average annual salary of $126,840+.
If you are considering a career in information technology, you can rest easy knowing that information technology degree programs are plentiful. You may choose to earn your degree at a technical college, business college, specialty school or traditional college or university. Information technology degrees are also flexible when it comes to formats. You may earn your IT degree on campus, online, or through a blended program (online and on-campus).
No matter which type of learning institution or format you choose, you must make sure the college or program is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Many of the top accrediting agencies are listed below, but keep in mind that these are no the only recognized accrediting bodies. Please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for a complete list.
-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
-Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
-Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
-Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
-The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
-Western Association of Schools and Colleges
-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
-Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
-New England Association of Schools and Colleges
-Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
If you are applying to an online school, make sure the school follows the standard traditional procedures for admission. Anything less might be a red flag.
Top information technology degree programs typically admit students with a high GPA (3.00 or above) and students that have submitted a completed admission application, official test scores and transcripts, an application essay, recommendation letters, and if applicable, a sample of students work.
To locate information technology degrees, try college directories and college ranking websites such as Princetonreview.com or Petersons.com. These types of websites have already completed most of the searching for you. You may also use Bing, Ask.com or Google if you don’t mind browsing through hundreds of results.