Information Technology Program Concentrations
The Information Technology department at the School of Professional Advancement offers five degree concentrations in Information Technology - Integrated Application Development, Product and Program Support, System and Network Administration, Cloud and Virtualization and Cybersecurity. All students entering the Information Technology major should take six (6) foundational technology courses first and then declare a concentration of focus. Each concentration will require seven (7) courses and a program concentration capstone course.
Integrated Application Development
The Integrated Application Development concentrations prepare students to design, build and implement integrated application systems for business and other enterprises. Job titles in this concentration include web developer, web designer, application developer, programmer, software developer, software engineer, coder, software architect, and others. US News projects 22 percent employment growth for software developers between 2016 and 2026.
Product and Program Support
By leading organizations in the technology products and programs of an organization's information systems, IT Product and Program professionals facilitate strategic planning, managerial decision making and operational management within the technology of the organization. Job Titles include Program Manager, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Application Tester, Testing Support Specialist, Automated Test Engineer, Product Owner, Product Specialist, Product Support, Scrum Master, Quality Assurance Engineer, DevOps specialist, Process Manager, Governance Lead and many others. As Agile, DevOps, and Lean processes continue to advance in industry, and software and application development programs continue to expand, there is a significant need for staff to support all aspects of the process around the application development and software engineering teams to ensure quality, on-time delivery, adherence to budget and efficiency – this concentration will prepare students for these roles.
System and Network Administration
The System and Network Administration concentration prepares students to participate in decisions relative to the acquisition and operation mission critical technology infrastructure within an organization. System and Network professionals guide the selection and integration of the technology products that constitute the organizations' planning, decision making and operational infrastructure. They are involved in selecting and are responsible for installing, configuring and supporting the complete technology environment of an organization. Job titles in this concentration include system engineer, technology architect, network engineer, system administrator, server administrator, and others. The digitization of government and business demands skilled employees manage the technical infrastructure. Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their business to digital platforms.
To help meet the need for more information security professionals, the Cybersecurity concentration is designed to prepare students for success in IT Security, Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, and Information System Security. Building off the core of the Information Technology Bachelor’s program, the concentration covers key areas of cyber and computing security that impart the knowledge and skills needed to thwart malicious cyber activity and to build and maintain secure systems and networks. Job titles in this concentration include information security officer, security engineer, cyber analyst, information security engineer, network security architect, and others. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.
Cloud and Virtualization
The Cloud and Virtualization concentration prepares students to facilitate an organization's critical technology infrastructure in cloud based platforms. Cloud technology professionals will build, deploy, and operate cloud resources. Additionally, Cloud engineers use cloud tools to automate infrastructure, workflows and continually measuring application performance by building collaborative infrastructure between development, systems, networking, security, and Operations (DevOps). Job titles in this concentration include cloud architect, cloud developer, cloud engineer, virtualization administrator, and others. The demand for cloud computing solutions is sky high. Projections from IT research firm Gartner show that the cloud market will be worth $411 billion by 2020, as businesses large and small turn to cloud solutions. Gartner estimates that by 2020, a corporate no-cloud policy will be as rare as a no-internet policy is today.