Technology is all around us, increasingly becoming more interwoven in all parts of life. Computer programming and software development is the foundation for creating the next gamechanger app or building a lifesaving program for a hospital system.
Information Technology, or IT, careers are available in every sector of the economy. Careers in IT involve the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. The information technology industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial field that continues to have a revolutionary impact on the economy and on the world.
Jasmine Owens, Midwest Cyber Center
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Entry-level occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing an IT career, consider the following roles.
RYEC ENDORSED PROGRAMS:
Midwest Cyber Center
Midwest Cyber Center is a registered apprenticeship program that combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences and online coursework. Apprentices start working from day one with step-by-step wage increases as they become better at the job. This program prepares participants to become Information Security Analysts. Click here for a full listing of the program at Midwest Cyber Center.
NPower is a free, 22-week IT training program with 15 weeks of classroom instruction and 7 weeks of a paid internship. This program prepares participants to become Computer Network Support Specialists. Click here for a full listing of the program at NPower.
It is important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your IT career. The recommended RYEC approved programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.
Next Occupations: (Typically require an bachelor’s degree or higher)
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Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.
Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available:
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