Career Tracks: Computer Technology

There are three fields of study in Computer Technology; Programming, Networking, and Information Technology. Graduates of Computer Technology will be prepared for a career in the information technology world.

Duties

Graduates in this field may be required to:

  • plan, design, and develop programming applications or network systems
  • program in languages such as Visual Basic, Java, C++, HTML, Dreamweaver, or SQL
  • create and host web applications
  • install, configure and troubleshoot pc's and network issues
     

Working Conditions

Graduates in this field commonly experience:

  • work inside; office, computer rooms
  • work under stress to meet deadlines
  • considerable paperwork
  • overtime / night / weekend hours sometimes necessary
  • work in cooperation with others
  • work with direct supervision
     

Physical Demands

  • light lifting (50 pounds or less)
     

Characteristics & Temperament

Graduates in this field should have:

  • excellent communication skills -- writing and speaking
  • ability to work with data (numbers, symbols, ideas, concepts)
  • ability to work well with people / diverse population
  • ability to reason and make judgments
  • ability to "catch on" quickly
  • attention to detail / proofread quickly and effectively
  • ability to follow procedure
  • responsibility
  • self-discipline / self-motivation
  • ability to quickly become comfortable with new technology
     

Employment Outlook

Employment statistics for PTC graduates between 2015 and 2017, who found jobs in this field, are as follows:

  • salary averages according to the US Department of Labor for various Computer Technology careers may be viewed at: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm.
  • 77% placement rate for 2015 - 2017 graduates
  • competitive job market
  • entry level positions: programmer, help desk, network technician, IT technician, Information Resource, Coordinator, Network Administrator, Systems Administrator
  • possible advancement to computer analyst with experience
  • employment in cities and towns of all sizes
     

Employers

Some recent graduates have found work at:

 

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