Why major in IT at Erskine?
Information Technology is a growing field with a predicted increase of nearly 700,000 new jobs over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At Erskine, you can prepare to enter this expanding market through our Information Technology major.
Not only will you build the technical skills you need to succeed in IT, but you will also gain the Christian liberal arts foundation you need to develop expertise in communication and problem-solving, skills highly valued by employers.
Degree Details: B.S. in Information Technology
In Erskine’s IT program, your major coursework will introduce you to the technical world of web development, information security, operating systems, database management, programming, technical writing, cloud computing, and more.
Alongside your on-campus classroom experience, you will take several specialized IT courses online. Coursework will include plenty of hands-on learning to prepare you for your career. Courses in the IT major include:
- Computer Programming
- Computer Networking Principles
- Networking Technologies and Telecommunications
- Information Security and Data Protection
- Operating Systems and Architecture
- Web Development
In your liberal arts core curriculum, you can develop proficiency in critical thinking, which opens the door for career advancement in areas such as project management and technical leadership.
Your IT courses will help you prepare for two CompTIA certification exams: the A+ certification, which can usually be taken at the end of your sophomore year; and the Network+ certification, which you should be prepared to take by the end of your junior year. Apply to Erskine today!
Careers in Information Technology
As of May 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median IT salary was $97,430, which is more than twice the median income for all occupations. Many IT professionals have also reported high levels of satisfaction with their jobs. According to a survey of workers in the tech industry conducted by CNBC, 90% of those surveyed said they were “very or somewhat satisfied with their job.”
Erskine’s Information Technology major prepares you for careers directly out of college as well as for graduate studies. The industry offers a wide variety of job options, including:
- IT Administrator
- Information Security Analyst
- Computer Programmer
- IT Engineer
- Computer Network Architect
- Information Systems Manager
- Software Developer
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IT Job Satisfaction:
“This is the Industry Sector That Has Some of the Happiest Workers in America,” CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/04/this-is-the-industry-that-has-some-of-the-happiness-workers-in-america.html
“Software Developer Salaries,” Glassdoor. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/us-software-developer-salary-SRCH_IL.0,2_IN1_KO3,21.htm
“Computer and Information Technology Occupations,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm