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Information Technology

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Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data. IT at UC has three tracks: Network Infrastructure, Cybersecurity or Software Development. IT majors learn skills like database management (design and administration) and digital media. They also learn software application development for Web, mobile, enterprise and desktop, network and systems administration, including technologies for data centers and storage, and cybersecurity, including forensics, monitoring and penetration testing. Jobs in IT include being a cloud architect, a computer forensic investigator, mobile application developer, web developer, software engineer, and data modeler.

Those in IT have become indispensible for most businesses in this modern day. Because of this, IT people need to understand how various business functions work in order to create better value for their organizations and customers. IT students that include entrepreneurship courses among their breadth of knowledge (BOK) elective classes get a well-rounded education and the ability to set themselves apart from other graduates in the job market. Through entrepreneurship classes, they could have a better understanding of organizations they work in. Companies have data that is vital to their business, but they need to it be organized and interpreted in order for it to be useful, which is where an IT student may be very useful. Ranking number 13 on CNN’s Best Jobs in America list is being an IT consultant, which everyone from local startups to Fortune 500 companies need in order to run their computers better and faster. If they wanted to start their own consultancy or help people with their own business goals, skills that may be especially useful include learning how to design a business plan, which incorporates all business functions including accounting, finance, human resources, information systems, law, marketing, operations, research and development, sales, and supply chain. They also may gain important managerial skills that will help them to succeed in any business endeavor.  Overall, an IT student may gain exposure to business relevant materials and skills that may make them more hireable.

 

Careers
An IT major that studies entrepreneurship may pursue careers:

a. Working for a business as an IT consultant
b. Starting an IT consultancy
c. Learning how to market and promote yourself as a web or application developer
d. IT support specialists can configure, deploy, and support applications within an organization that may benefit organization’s functions better if the specialist understand how businesses function

 

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