Information Technology (IT)


Which pathways are offered?

  • Cybersecurity—This pathway prepares students to protect internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks. Successful establishment and maintenance of IT security is critical for all businesses/organizations.
  • Digital Design—This pathway prepares students to produce digitally generated or computer-enhanced media used in business, training, entertainment, communications, and marketing.
  • Networking—This pathway prepares students to design, install, maintain, and manage network systems which make up critical technology infrastructure across industries.
  • Programming—This pathway prepares students to design, develop, implement, and maintain computer systems and software, requiring knowledge of computer operating systems, programming and markup languages (JAVA, Python, C++, HTML5/CSS), and software development.
  • Web and Digital Communication/Design—This pathway prepares students to create, design, and produce interactive multimedia products and services. 

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Systems Support Specialist
  • Computer Engineer
  • Applications Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Digital Media Specialist

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Computer Programmer—$86,550/year
  • Software Developer—$105,590/year
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager—$146,360/year
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator—$75,270/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 10, 2020.

Which industry-recognized certification exams can my student prepare for?

  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Computer Networking Fundamentals
  • Certiport—Python, Javascript
  • ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)
  • Adobe Certified Associate certifications