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Information Technology

The Information Technology Career Cluster prepares students for careers in designing, developing, managing, and supporting hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. These careers align with careers found in all Connecticut's Industry Clusters or Industry Sectors.  

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"10 hot IT job skills for 2016"
CIO online magazine presents the 10 hottest information technology skills -- a slide show.

"A Beginner’s Guide on How to Pursue a Graphic Design Career"
1st Web Designer has a great web site filled with much information about graphic design as a career. See " Learn Web Design From Scratch: Ultimate Resource For Every Upcoming Designer And Freelancer"


A computer science graduate school survival guide
("So long, and thanks for the Ph.D.!" a.k.a. "Everything I wanted to know about....")

Ronald T. Azuma's words to the wise about pursuing graduate school for continued computer science studies. Outdated salary information, but very good easy-to-read advice. Tech Careers – "Top 10 Highest Paying Certifications..."
Consider a career in the information technology field and read "Top 15 Highest Paying Certifications in the Technology Industry" to learn more about which certifications presently command the highest pay.

Advice for Computer Science College Students
"Joel on Software" by Joel Spolsky provides great advice for the would-be computer programmer!
The first link of a series of twelve on the long biography of Steve Jobs. To read the full biography, scroll to the bottom of each web page and press on the button labeled "Read on". 12 web chapters in all.
AnimSchool Interview: Blue Sky Studios visual development artist 
Meet Ty Carter, Director of "DreamGiver" and Visual Development Artist at Blue Sky Studios.

Career Clusters: Information Technology 
University of Missouri’s e-Themes web site of useful resources to explore careers in information technology.

Career Interview: Games Developer  
Want to design computer games? Don’t be surprised that it takes more than just a joy for playing:  It requires great problem-solving analytical skills, great math skills, and an ability to work in a team for short-term projects under deadlines. Read this + Plus Magazine article.

CareerOneStop  – Career Videos for Information Technology

Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop provides a wealth of information and videos for careers and workforce skills. View over two dozen career videos in this cluster.
CareerOneStop – Explore Careers: Salary Finder
Browse comparative wage/salary information available by occupation. Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, a semi-annual survey that provides wage and employment statistics for the nation, each state, and sub-state regions. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. 

Check out this web page by Rane's World--Let's Change the World--Creating Buzz for computer science, and her blog on the opportunities for women in the field of computing. Featuring the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of women in computing in Minnesota.

Computing Degrees and Careers 

This website, hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), provides resources to introduce students to careers in information technology.  Resources include information on choosing a major, brochures, posters, skill descriptions, and more.


Computer Network Architects  

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook provides the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment and occupations in the industry, training and advancement, occupational outlook and trends, average earnings, and additional information. Employment is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations.


Computer Science and Information Technology – Dr. Elizabeth Harvath

In this YouTube video, Dr. Harvath of Palm of the Beach State College explains the various skills you can develop and what you can learn in the field of computer science.


Digital Marketing Executive's article on skills and responsibilities, qualifications, skills, experience, working conditions, etc.  On this page is also an interview with Virgil Ierubino, a 25-year old marketing executive.


Do I need to Know Coding to have a Career in Artificial Intelligence? 

Education Insider’s STEM News & Views answers this important student question.

Forensic Focus: Interviews

Ever think about solving hi-tech crimes? This website is a great site for job interviews with a wide range of professionals in a growing field of solving crimes with computers. Read about “Shahar Tal, Director Of The Research Group, Cellebrite”.
Read about who is recognized as the world’s first computer scientist.
Meet this UW computer science standout of June 26, 2012
Geekwire: "Meet the future: These 21 UW computer science grads are ready to change the world"
Read up on 21 recent college graduates with computer science degrees and where they are headed.
Business 2 Community explains about becoming a professional in social media marketing, difficult yet challenging.

How to Navigate Silicon Valley and Emerging Tech Hubs  {NEW!}

Computer Science Online’s “Upgrade your Tech Career” section shares high tech IT jobs, salaries, minimum education, recommended experience, and a panel of “meet the experts” for successful men and women in the field of information and software technology.

Information Security Analysts {NEW!}

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Construction Managers, provides the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment and occupations in the industry, training and advancement, occupational outlook and trends, average earnings, and additional information.


"UNC Grad Student Untangles CGI Hair" Here’s an interesting use of computer science skills – from Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut), to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to Disney’s “Tangled” – read about this computer scientists journey to success.

Meet the man behind Google's Doodles  {NEW!}

Ever wonder about the people who design the art and interactive Google drawings on the Google internet search engine?  Read this 2015 Telegraph's Technology section article on Ryan Germick and the Doodle team. Click here more articles.

Read one person's blog about challenging himself to learn computer science without attending any classes!
First, press the "Continue to site =>" then get the highlights on life's perspectives and this young entrepreneur's rise from university undergraduate to global leader and CEO of the multi-million dollar cloud-based storage system Dropbox.

NOVA scienceNOW Profile: Luis von Ahn

From child "video game addict" to "one of the brains behind “CAPTCHA, the world's most ubiquitous computer security program".   Watch and listen (video) and/or read about how Mr. Von Ahn's and his students are "turning the stuff of games into valuable tools for transforming the Internet."

O*NET OnLine – Information Technology

This database lists some of the many occupations associated with each career cluster, providing summary information for each occupation regarding qualifications and education requirements, skills, abilities, job zones, common tasks and work activities, work values, work styles, interests, and related occupations.


Occupational Outlook Handbook –  Occupation Finder

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook pprovides the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment and occupations in the industry, training and advancement, occupational outlook and trends, average earnings, and additional information. 

Journal of Specialised Translation (JoSTrans) article. Miguel Bernal Merino of Roehampton University (London, England) summarizes of history of the video game industry, and discusses the field of specialization in translation, also known in the industry as "game localisation" to allow for global distribution and enrich the universal appeal of video games to each individual game user.

Science Careers Q&A: An interview with Lotfi A. Zadeh  

Read about one of the world pioneers in science field, an electrical engineer and computer scientist, who introduced the "fuzzy set theory". Facing ridicule and awe and being subject to insults, this is the career path of a brilliant thinker. Advice: be persistent and do not get discouraged.


Should I become a Freelance Web Designer?’s page describing Freelance Web Designer and related careers.


The 12 Best Engineering and Information Technology Jobs

Provides easy to read summary information on hiring outlook, work environment, stress level, and average income. 


Trinity College (Hartford, CT) -- Computer Science Alumni

Read Insights from Successful Alum students and what they learned and they did with a bachelor's degree.

UCONN Alumnus Working to Restore Egyptian Economy--Elmorsy E. Hegazy, Ph.D.
News February 19, 2013: What can you do with a University of Connecticut education? Read about the stepping stones that economist Elmorsy Hegazy completed toward his appointment to the position as Egypt's Minister of Finance.


National information on career and salaries outlook from the U.S. Department of Labor.
U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics’ "Occupational Outlook Handbook" --- check out each tab on the top menu bar: Summary, What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, Job Outlook, Similar Occupations, Contacts. 
What Does A Software Engineer In Biomedicine Do?
Top Master's In Healthcare Administration provides a brief summary of this important field, with information on bioinformatics, and image and signal Processing.

What It Takes to Become a Computer Engineer {NEW!}

Did you know that with a degree in information technology you could pursue a career in the aerospace and the tech defense industry? Read this article by The Balance to learn more.


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