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What can you do with a computing and information technology degree?
Today’s global economy is driven by technology and information. Is it any surprise that the occupations projected to grow the fastest are all related to computers, the Internet, and information systems? Alverno graduates work in fields like information technology, web design and development, software development, applications programming, business analysis, and database systems development.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development predicts 40% growth in networking systems and data communication analyst positions by 2014, the highest ranking on the list of high-growth occupations in Wisconsin. Jobs in this category include: data analyst, business system analyst, help desk, database administrator, PC system specialist, web developer, project coordinator, and system analyst. Nationally and internationally, there is a steady or increasing demand for computing professionals.
In the area of web technology, educational institutions are a growing segment of the market. Careers include developing e-portfolios for universities, creating social networking systems, and developing course and student information management systems. In addition, the industry requires web technologists who can design and implement database management systems, project management systems, and firewalls to protect their systems when being used by sales and consulting staff in the field. In the area of business systems analysis, workers design and implement processes to improve the efficiency of organizations through automation. Computer-based management of expense reports, purchase orders, order processing, resource allocation, network security, credit authorization, and project management are examples of some of the business systems you may oversee as an analyst.
Students complete at least one semester-long internship at a local business, agency, or research site. You might be involved in website development or in system implementation and maintenance. Your assignment may be as a project leader or assisting an organization through a computer conversion by use of effective communication, training, and change management. Your internship is where you’ll gain the hands-on experience of what a working computer specialist does, with direction from an on-site mentor. You’ll also make career contacts you can use for jobs or additional experience. During your internship, you’ll meet regularly with a faculty instructor and other interns in a seminar at Alverno to discuss challenges, reflect on experiences, and celebrate advances.
Internships help students to:
1. begin shaping your career direction in the “real world” of a profession
2. transfer learning from classroom to workplace
3. sharpen abilities and skills
4. translate the theories you have learned about your chosen profession into actual day-to-day practice
5. focus more directly on what it means to be a professional in a specific discipline
6. determine whether a particular career path appeals to you
7. add the weight of professional experience to your resume
8. make valuable professional contacts for future networking