Although the answer can only be approximated and depends upon how we define a computer, recent estimates show that 2,405,518,376 people on Earth use the internet (that’s 2.4 billion people – 34.3 percent of the world’s population!). InternetWorldStats.com arrived at this calculation by determining how many people have access to the web either through a computer or mobile phone.
No wonder helpdesks are always busy. Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Information Technology (IT) programs train students for thriving careers in many of the hottest fields in the country.
The jobs offer high salaries, exciting work and flexible work environments that challenge the daily 9-to-5 mold.
Robust technical skills and hands-on experience using sophisticated technology are necessary qualities of the field, and students are able to develop their skills in one of six NICC Computer Analyst and Computer Technology programs and six other IT programs and specialized courses.
“The technology we are using in Northeast Iowa Community College’s labs is 100 percent optimized for whatever we will be doing in our careers,” said Lucas Hefel, who is pursuing a Computer Analyst-Business and Web Programming degree at the College. “We cannot be bottle-necked with old technology anymore.”
Students know that technology is constantly improving and evolving and find that their learning experiences will provide them with another key skill for the future: the ability to be adaptable within a dynamic work environment.
“At the College we are using technology that helps us to be more efficient and to work faster; when I’m coding, I need equipment that can work quickly as I come up with solutions,” agreed student Elliot Baltz, who plans to apply his IT expertise to a career in the U.S. Navy.
The Computer Analyst programs at the College offer students many career options, including application programming, web development and networking administration, network security, tech support and app development. Nearly every employer large and small has at least one “go-to” person for its IT needs. According to EMSI, Inc., the estimated salary range for IT graduates is $42,095 – $63,654.
For more information, visit www.nicc.edu/informationtech.
- Bridging Communication to the IT Customer
- Computer Analyst – Business and Web Programming
- Computer Analyst – Data Center Technician
- Computer Analyst – Information Security
- Computer Analyst – Mobile Application Development
- Computer Analyst – Networking Administration and Tech Support
- Computer Technology, Networking and Programming
- CompTIA A+ Certification
- CompTIA Network+
- IT Foundations Certificate
- IT Foundations Networking Certificate
- IT Foundations Programming