In our tech-driven world, workers with tech-centric skills are in constant demand. In fact, one recent report shared that nearly half of the top 25 highest paying in-demand jobs in the U.S. are technology jobs.* One of the best ways for you to take advantage of these opportunities is by earning an online IT degree. But which degree is right for you? Here are five of the best.
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General Information Technology
A foundational online IT degree program teaches you numerous general skills such as systems administration, networking, and database management. The degree is light on math, focused instead on how to deploy and implement technology to help organizations run smoothly and efficiently. It’s a great degree if you want a broad base of knowledge in how we use modern technology to move and manage information. With an information technology degree, you can work in a variety of areas including database administration, network administration, cloud/network architecture, and IT consulting. Of course, if you continue your education through the graduate level, a Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) degree can take you much further in this field.
Computer Information Systems
A computer information systems degree teaches you how to analyze and evaluate the information organizations need for day-to-day decision making and long-term strategizing. Whether you’re looking to earn a bachelor’s or a master’s, a computer information systems degree is particularly well suited for those with analytical minds.
Common occupations include computer systems analyst, information security analyst, and information system manager. A growing number of graduates with computer information systems degrees are working in health informatics, a field you can enter when you earn an MS in Information Technology, with a specialization in Health Informatics. If you’re not at the master’s degree level, you may want to consider earning a BS in Information Technology and choosing a concentration in Healthcare Informatics.
An excellent choice for those who are skilled in math, a computer science degree focuses on the engineering behind computers and computer software. When you graduate from a computer science degree program, you come away with a broad base of functional knowledge about how computers work. This knowledge can be applied to a wide range of information technology careers.
If you have an interest in the design and augmentation of computer software, a software engineering degree program can help you launch your career. These programs focus on the whys and hows of software design, while also providing a background in computer systems and information architecture. A software engineering degree is a good pathway to a job as a software developer. If you want an information technology degree that can help you be one of the innovators behind the apps and programs we use on a daily basis, this degree is for you.
Video Game Design
Video games may be all about having fun, but video game design is serious business. Video game designers use technology, science, engineering, mathematics, design, art, and animation skills—and their realistic, action-filled products contribute billions of dollars in worldwide sales. If you believe you have the skills for this intensive, challenging field, seek out a specialized degree program that allows you to put them to use.
Interested in Pursuing an Online IT Degree?
Walden University offers a wide range of online IT degree programs for those interested in pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. The right IT degree can put you on the path to the IT career you want.
*CNBC, “The 25 highest-paying jobs in America,”, on the Internet at https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/19/the-25-highest-paying-jobs-in-america.html.
†PayScale.com, 2015–2016 PayScale College Salary Report, on the Internet at www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/majors-that-pay-you-back/bachelors.
Walden University does not offer degree programs in computer science, software engineering, or video game design. Career options described above may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of a degree program.
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