January 11, 2016
Information Technology Program Shines Light on Industry
Proof of technology’s proliferation is all around: wirelesscafes are lined with students hunched over laptops; people take notes ontablets at the workplace; friends snap pictures with the aid of smartphones andselfie 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 riseof a mainstream culture and revered techies with names like Zuckerberg andJobs.
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 daycoding,” says Dr. C. Matt Graham, the director for Saint Joseph’s College’s ITprograms, which launched in 2015 as a way for students to gain their BSITonline. “Many are leading organizational departments and businesses in everyindustry and providing those businesses with IT solutions to their businessproblems.”
According to the US Department of Labor, job growth forcomputer and information systems managers through 2022 has been and is expectedto continue to be 15 percent faster than average when compared to otheroccupations. That could explain why statistics are showing that enrollments incomputer-related degrees are on the rise. The question then becomes, how tochoose a program?
“IT programs vary greatly across colleges and universitiesaround the country,” explains Dr. Graham. “Many focus on core competencies suchas databases, computer networks, and software programming, while others focusmore on the management side of procurement, design, and implementation of IT.The benefit of the BSIT program at SaintJoseph’s College it that it combines both skills related to IT managementand the IT core competencies so that our grads will not only be skilled andknowledgeable in terms of managing IT, but they can also develop IT solutions.”
The BSIT program at Saint Joseph’s also employs a featurethat’s more commonly associated with campus degree programs: an internship. Andtoday, the options are almost limitless as to how and where to apply your ITprowess.
“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 whoknow how to plan, procure, and implement IT solutions for them.”