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Cybersecurity expert uses hacking skills for good

Summer Lee only needs to press a few keys on her computer to break into online computer networks and potentially wreak havoc.

But the University of Phoenix® student isn’t a hacker — she just plays one to teach companies and IT professionals how to prevent computer systems from ...

Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job growth or new opportunities for employment. But what exactly does it mean?

The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, explains ...

Networking tips for techies

Networking doesn’t just refer to connecting servers. Today’s competitive job market calls for schmoozing — which can strike fear in the hearts of techies.

“[Technical] personalities … are less likely to fit into traditional business circles,” says Troy Tuckett, MS, a software developer and online ...

5 in-demand telecom jobs

Telecommunication experts are in demand right now across a wide spectrum of industries, says Liane Monaco-Christensen, MBA, an instructor in the bachelor’s in IT (BSIT) program at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus.

How to get into web design

You created your own Facebook® avatar, posted pictures of your trendy bathroom decor on your Pinterest® board and stood in line for the latest iPad® device. These skills and interests could make you a good candidate for a career as a web designer.

5 jobs IT certifications can help you get

Information technology (IT) is constantly changing, so it’s crucial to keep your skills current. But how? With certifications, says Treg Gardner, an IT specialist who teaches in the University of Phoenix A+ Fundamentals and Network+ Technologies certificate programs.

How to get into mobile development

It’s a great time to become a mobile app developer, according to Yen Hoe Lee, MS, an IT director and online instructor in the University of Phoenix mobile development program.

“Whenever there’s a new technology like this, the entry level [to get hired] ...

How to get F5 certification

Ever use a debit card, download an app, shop online or text a friend? Application delivery networking (ADN) is the technology behind all those activities. It’s what helps keep thousands of gamers worldwide online at the same time and ensures that your favorite cooking site doesn’t go down on Thanksgiving....

5 information technology careers for veterans

Switching from military to civilian life isn’t easy. But veterans who choose information technology (IT) careers have an edge. “IT has a combination of problem-solving, creativity and intensity that fits into the military mindset,” says Blair Smith, PhD, dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology at University of Phoenix, and a U.S. Navy veteran....

5 IT fields in demand

With advances in information technology changing how businesses operate, growth in the industry means more careers for skilled workers.

“The world is moving toward specialization,” says Yen Hoe Lee, director of IT for a health care company and an online instructor in the University of ...

5 cybersecurity mistakes you can avoid

While everyone can agree that the Internet makes life easier, it’s also full of potential dangers. “Hackers are looking for [your] banking information, along with personal information such as addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates and credit card information,” says Lisa Sims, a private technology consultant and an online instructor of web development courses for ...

5 ways working in the cloud is changing business

Working "in the cloud” is making old-school desktop computers, disc drives and bulky servers a thing of the past.

“In cloud computing, the data storage is spread across dozens, hundreds or thousands of servers [on] the Internet,” instead of one local server, ...

5 hot IT jobs that are in demand

The era of the computer geek who eats, dreams and sleeps in binary code but doesn’t engage with other departments in the company is over.

“The demand is shifting away from the computer programmer who knows nothing about business to the person who is a hybrid of being very business-savvy, as ...

5 emerging criminal justice fields

The future of criminal justice is high-tech — from police beats to border security to the courts. “Science and technology are going to play a huge role in criminal justice over the next 20 years,” according to Steven Campas, a retired police commander and campus college chair for the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security at the Sacramento Valley ...

How to capitalize on classroom technology

There are numerous ways to revolutionize your classroom with technology. And while the latest digital toys can be expensive, innovative teachers are finding ways to bring the information age into schools without breaking the piggy bank, says R. Lewis Cordell, an education program instructor at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus and a middle school teacher....

5 ways to prevent hacking in social media

You log in to your Facebook® page only to find strange and offensive photos littering your timeline. Then you log in to your online bank account and find it empty.

Long story short, you’ve been hacked. But chances are it could have been ...

The evolution of technology in the classroom

From yesteryear’s chalk slates to today’s iPad® tablets, technology as a teaching tool has come a long way.

“I have seen many changes in classroom technology since I started my first job in the 1980s,” says Kathy Cook, director of educational technology for ...

Online adaptive learning helps students take charge of their own education, at their own pace

The trusty computer is quickly becoming a real partner in the educational process, thanks to a growing array of online adaptive learning services that are helping transform students from passive learners to fully engaged participants.

5 reasons to pick a career in health care IT

Wanted: information technology professional eager to step out of the server room and work directly with health care providers. Must be willing to break new ground in medical technology and adapt to change. Desire for job security recommended. Clinical and nonclinical roles available. Associate or bachelor’s degree required....

5 time-saving apps to simplify your life

Mobile apps that can effectively discipline your kids, repel bugs and drive your car for you are probably still a way off, but you can find plenty that will make your life easier today. Here are five you might not have considered that are designed to handle chores and tasks for you in new and efficient ways:...

5 best business apps for work

With the advent of smartphones and tablets came many mobile applications designed to make everyday work tasks easier. But are you using them?

“There are tons of great business apps out there,” says Treg Gardner, an information systems specialist and area chair of the University of Phoenix IT ...

Why do so few women work in IT?

Think about technology and IT for a second, and who comes to mind? You likely conjure up Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell or Larry Ellison.

All men....

5 hot tips on growth industries

If you’ve been toiling in a shrinking industry, don't panic. There may be options for a second act to your career. Here are five surprising industries that are seeing a lot of growth:

Consider yourself a true “people person”? Use your people skills in the ...

5 ways digital textbooks are improving education

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama challenged the nation’s schools to embrace digital textbooks within five years. While this is a new concept to many, University of Phoenix has used digital textbooks for more than a decade. University digital textbook guru David Bickford describes five ways this shift is changing education for the better:...

5 forecasts for how work will change in the future

The rapid growth of both technology and globalization is transforming the way people work. In her new book “Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work and Society” (Lang, 2012),  Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, vice president and managing director of Apollo Research InstituteSM, examines how the nature of work is changing. Here are the top five trends she predicts ...