Certificates in Information Technology

  • Overview

    Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook state that careers in IT will continue to grow up to 37% between 2012 and 2020. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that salaries for employees in the IT field are paid higher wages than the U.S. average for all other occupations. Specific careers in information technology include:

    • Network and computer systems administrators – Increases in cloud computing will drive job growth projection of 12% for next 10 years, with $75,790 annual median pay in 2014.
    • Database administrators – Driven by increased data needs of all companies across the economy will contribute to job growth projection of 15% for next 10 years, with $80,280 annual median pay in 2014.
    • Information security analysts – The need for innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks will push job growth projection of 37% for next 10 years, with $88,890 annual median pay in 2014.
    • Software developers - The rapid growth in the demand for computer software helps create a job growth projection of 22% for next 10 years, with $97,990 annual median pay in 2014.
    • Web developers - Driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and eCommerce, the BLS expects job growth projection of 20% for next 10 years, with $63,490 annual median pay in 2014.

    These specific IT careers reflect only a few of the IT careers and industries that certified IT employees can look forward to working in. Information technology is a rapidly growing and changing field that require employee’s with a variety of technical and career skills such as computer programming, coding, systems development, database administration, project management, security, operating systems, and more. 

  • Certificates

    These information technology preparation and certification courses will prepare you for industry-recognized certifications.

    Accounting Information Systems Certificate
    The Accounting Information Systems Certificate prepares students to work with information technology for the purposes of collecting, storing, and processing financial and accounting data to use for business decision making purposes. The certificate is a great complement for students pursuing degrees in business, finance, and accounting.

    Database Management Certificate
    The Database Management certificate prepares students to administer and manage an organizations database management systems (DBMS). Students learn how to design, develop, query and manipulate data within the database systems. Students will learn structured query language (SQL), and be introduced to a number of relational database software including Oracle SQL, MS SQL Server, & MS Access.

    Information Technology Management Certificate
    The Information Technology Management certificate are for those students whose interests are in information systems design, development, and management.  Students will learn how to manage business information systems, develop IT solutions, and protect business information systems and data.

    IT Systems Administrator Certificate 
    The IT Systems Administrator certificate prepares students to manage an organizations IT and computer systems. Students learn how to configure and manage various operating systems, set up and manage computer networks and servers.

    Software Developer Certificate
    The Software Developer Certificate prepares students to work as software developers for organizations in any industry. Students learn object orientated programming (OOP) principles such as inheritance, data abstraction, and polymorphism. Languages learned include HTML5, Visual Basic, C#, MS Visual Studio, ASP.NET, AJAX and more.

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    CompTIA’s Network+ (3 credits / Non-credit)
    This course covers the essential knowledge and skills required to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networking device and prepares students to sit for and pass the Network+ Certification. 

    Certified Information Systems Security (CISSP) Prep Course (3 credits / Non-credit)
    This course prepares students to sit for and pass the vendor neutral certified information systems security professional (CISSP) certification exam. 

  • Career Moves
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that computer-related jobs are one of the largest occupational growth areas in the next 10 years, far surpassing most other categories.The median salary for IT workers tends to be at least 10k+ higher on average than that of business or finance related fields. IT related jobs are expected to grow up to 17% between 2012 - 2022. These courses will prepare you for careers as I.T. Developers, Software Developers, Web Developers, Information and Computer Security Analysts, Computer Network Administrators, and Database Administrators.