Information Technology Program Shines Light on Industry

Proof of technology’s proliferation is all around: wireless cafes are lined with students hunched over laptops; people take notes on tablets at the workplace; friends snap pictures with the aid of smartphones and selfie sticks. Technology is interwoven into the social fabric of our lives. What was once perceived as an anti-social profession has now lead to the rise of a mainstream culture and revered techies with names like Zuckerberg and Jobs.

It all points in one direction: Obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) has never been a more desirable or profitable area of study.

“IT workers now no longer just sit behind a desk all day coding,” says Dr. C. Matt Graham, the director for Saint Joseph’s College’s IT programs, which launched in 2015 as a way for students to gain their BSIT online. “Many are leading organizational departments and businesses in every industry and providing those businesses with IT solutions to their business problems.”

According to the US Department of Labor, job growth for computer and information systems managers through 2022 has been and is expected to continue to be 15 percent faster than average when compared to other occupations. That could explain why statistics are showing that enrollments in computer-related degrees are on the rise. The question then becomes, how to choose a program?

“IT programs vary greatly across colleges and universities around the country,” explains Dr. Graham. “Many focus on core competencies such as databases, computer networks, and software programming, while others focus more on the management side of procurement, design, and implementation of IT. The benefit of the BSIT program at Saint Joseph’s College it that it combines both skills related to IT management and the IT core competencies so that our grads will not only be skilled and knowledgeable in terms of managing IT, but they can also develop IT solutions.”

The BSIT program at Saint Joseph’s also employs a feature that’s more commonly associated with campus degree programs: an internship. And today, the options are almost limitless as to how and where to apply your IT prowess. 

“Today, every industry needs IT professionals,” concludes Dr. Graham. “From schools and colleges to banks, insurance companies, and more. Every aspect of business is touched by IT today and thus requires IT people who know how to plan, procure, and implement IT solutions for them.”