By Elizabeth Exline
An information technology degree offers the opportunity to learn the theory behind the practice, so to speak, of computing systems. But graduates can also leverage that IT degree in a variety of jobs.
"An IT degree enables a graduate to confidently pursue a number of professional avenues," Uhles adds. "It is the credential that goes beyond checking the box of ‘earning a degree’ to offer real, value-added skills to a person’s knowledge base and experience."
Add to that the fact that virtually every industry needs IT specialists, and suddenly being a competitive candidate means you are prepared to pursue opportunities in a variety of industries. That might be at a cutting-edge technology firm. It might also be working in IT for a media company. The options are virtually endless.
The job market in IT is vast and varied. According to BLS, job seekers with a bachelor’s degree can pursue a range of jobs, including computer network architects, computer programmers, database administrators and architects, and information security analysts.
At University of Phoenix, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology prepares students to pursue similar roles. Specifically, these include:
The salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of University of Phoenix. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location and other factors specific to the individual. University of Phoenix does not guarantee employment, salary level or career advancement. BLS data is geographically based. Information for a specific state/city can be researched on the BLS website.
Earning your IT degree at University of Phoenix offers some distinct advantages. The online format, in which 5-week courses are offered one at a time, is ideal for students who are simultaneously working or juggling other commitments. It creates space to concentrate on the material at hand before building on that knowledge with the next course.
Beyond the convenient format, however, UOPX offers a curriculum that is aligned to skills employers want. And students can track their progress in real-time. A dashboard reveals exactly what skills they learn in each class and which they can then apply in their careers, even before they complete their degree.
Students pursuing their Bachelor of Science in Information Technology also have the opportunity to specialize their degree with a certificate in any of the following categories: