Information technology a cutting-edge career

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LoneStar_ITToday, computers and the Internet play an integral role in everything from using the phone to shopping, schoolwork and more. Computer technology continues to advance in ways that most couldn’t have predicted even 10 years ago.

Who would have imagined more than 1 million phone apps to choose from, or that Facebook would swell to more than 1 billion users? Opportunities abound for those with skills in web development, programming, and related computer knowledge.

Lone Star College offers a number of Information Technology degrees and certificates that place students at the cutting edge of this high-paying and expanding field.

Computer Programming

An Associate Degree of Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Programming (Programming Specialist) prepares graduates to succeed in the ever-evolving field of computer programming – designing, writing, testing, debugging and maintaining the source code for computer programs. LSC offers coursework in numerous programming languages including C++, C#, Cobol, Java, Visual Basic.NET, XML and more.
Other programs offered include C++ Programming Enhanced Skills Certificate, a Programming Specialist Certificate and a Visual Basic Enhanced Skills Certificate.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering Technology AAS Degree – Electronics technologists fill entry-level positions in industry, which include: circuit diagnostics, laboratory and field-testing, manufacturing and assembly, quality assurance, technical sales, field service and certification of new installation projects.

They are involved with all products and systems of industry, including radios, radars, computers, network/wireless telecommunications applications and security systems, robots, audio and video systems, automotive electronics, medical instruments and navigation systems.

Game Design and Simulation

Upon completion of the Game Design and Simulation program with either an associate of applied science degree or a one year certificate, students will have learned all aspects of game design from concept to completion including documentation and play testing.

Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificates and degree program prepare graduates for wide ranging career possibilities as entry-level technicians to data analysts and project managers in diverse fields of GIS application.

From data collection and input, to management and analysis, to project completion and information delivery, individuals will develop the skills to work at many levels of business, industry, government agencies and research and development.

Other programs offered by Lone Star College include:

Integrated Technology/Network administrators – Network administrators are responsible for the maintenance of computer hardware and software that comprises the network.

Networking: Cisco & Microsoft – Networking specialists maintain the integrity and security of a company’s network and the systems connected to it.

PC Helpdesk – Help desk technicians will field telephone calls and e-mail messages from customers who are seeking guidance on technical problems.

Web – Modern web applications often contain multiple levels of creation from client-side development (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS) to server-side development (PHP, Java, and .NET).

For more information on all of these programs, go to
LoneStar.edu/programs and select Information Technology.

MEDIAN SALARIES IN HOUSTON/GULF COAST REGION

TEXAS EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS 2012-2022
Information Technology careers*

Computer Programmer (Programming Specialist)
Annual median wage: $75,680
Growth rate projections: 13.7%

Computer engineering technician

Annual median wage: $60,550
Growth rate projections: 19.1%

Game Design and Simulation designer

Annual median wage: $82,490
Growth rate projections: 22.4%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technician
Annual median wage: $46,180
Growth rate projections: 35.5%

Web Developer

Annual median wage: $61,320
Growth rate projections: 25.2%

Network and Computer System administrator

Annual median wage: $80,420
Growth rate projections: 33.6%

*Wage data – Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013; Employment Projections – Gulf Coast region, Texas Workforce Commission LMCI Division, fall 2014 using 2012-2022 projections.

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