What Can I Do With My Information Technology Major?

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Information Technology

Do you like computers?  Are you interested in a great job after two years, with internationally recognized certifications?  The Information Technology program will prepare you for well-paying careers in the fast growing fields of networking or applications development.

Visit NHTI’s Information Technology Department for information on the associate degree and course offerings.  NHTI also offers two degree, Information Technology - Networking and Information Technology - Software Development and the following certificates: Information Technology Software Development, Information Technology Networking, and Information Technology Tech Support.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have varied options that depend on your specific interests, abilities, work values, and experience in the field.  All sorts of businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits depend on information technology – so any organization is a potential employer.

NHTI’s Associate of Science with a major in Information Technology offers two tracks: Applications Development and Networking.

If you specialize in Networking, a company could hire you to design and configure computer networks, conduct Voice over IP installations, manage servers, monitor network security, or perform other roles.

If you choose the Applications Development path, you could be hired for Windows programming, web programming, database design, or mobile application development.

Most graduates start working full-time after the Information Technology program.  While working, you can continue to a related bachelor’s degree – sometimes with your employer paying for it!  A bachelor’s is valued by some companies for higher pay and management positions.

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Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Troubleshooting
  • Mindful Listening
  • Logical, Analytical, and Abstract Reasoning
  • Knowledge to Pass Certification Exams: A+ certification, CCENT, multiple CCNAs, Network+, VCA, VCP
  • Cisco Routing and Switching
  • Virtualization with VMware Servers
  • Knowledge to Pass Applications Exams: MTA 98-364 Database, MTA 98-361 Software Development
  • C# and Java Programming on Windows and Android Platforms
  • ASP.NET, ADO, LINQ, WPF, and WCF

Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you qualify with this associate degree...

Network Administrator Applications Development Engineer
Database Administrator Database Designer
Web Programmer System Administrator
Systems Analyst Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Software Developer Applications Programmer
Technical Support Specialist Computer Support Consultant
Help Desk Analyst Information Security Analyst

Sample positions possibly requiring additional training, including a bachelor's degree and beyond...

Director of Information Technology Vice President of Information Systems
Training Manager Research Scientist
Lead Software Engineer  

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Sample Employers

AML Partners, LLC Bid2Win Software, Inc.
Concord Group Insurance Concord Hospital
DSCI Dyn
ePlus Technologies, Inc. FairPoint Communications
NHTI – Concord’s Community College Public School Systems
Northeast Delta Dental RTM Communications, Inc.
SilverTech State of New Hampshire

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Information Technology Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)

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Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations and more.  You can use the links below to begin career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.

Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major.  (The first link is also the site for employers seeking NHTI students and graduates.)

How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which help you build leadership skills and connect with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time or summer employment positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Your final spring, complete your internship at an employer of interest to you.  Many of these internships turn into full-time job offers.
  • Test for and earn the available certifications.  CCNA, for example, is recognized around the world.

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Aaron Conn
Information Technology
Department Head

(603) 271-6484 x4143
aconn@ccsnh.edu

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