The Future Is Now
Technology skills are in demand—and no longer confined to a single industry. Are you ready to explore all the places IT skills can take you?
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—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
Applications Software Developer
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 title, but approximate sample career salaries include:
Computer and Information Systems Manager—$146,360/year
Multimedia Artist and Animator—$75,270/year
Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?
The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Computer Networking Fundamentals
ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)
Adobe Certified Associate certifications (ACA) Web Authoring Certificate using Adobe Dreamweaver
ACA Graphic Design and Illustration Certificate using Adobe Illustrator
ACA Visual Communications Certificate using Adobe Photoshop
ACA Print and Digital Media Publishing Certificate using Adobe InDesign
*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.