Today, computers and information technology touch nearly every aspect of our daily life, so it stands to reason – information technology careers are in big demand.
From watching TV to diagnosing diseases, information technology allows businesses to communicate seamlessly anywhere in the world. The explosion of smart phones has also opened up new opportunities for those interested in creating programming which run on mobile devices.
Lone Star College offers credit and non-credit certificates that literally cover the industry – software applications, computer networking, computer engineering, game design and simulation, network administration, as well as Cisco and/or Microsoft specializations, and more.
The use of computer systems for storing, retrieving and sending information is not slowing down anytime soon. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations!
CISCO and Microsoft Specialist
Computer networking specialists maintain the integrity and security of a company’s network and the systems connected to it. The specialist must have extensive knowledge of network connectivity; protocols; network security devices; network types, including wireless, fiber optic or Cat5; and common operating systems, such as Windows and UNIX.
Computer engineers 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.
Are you a gamer? After completing 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.
Network administrators are responsible for the maintenance of computer hardware and software that comprises the network. The actual role of the network administrator will vary from company to company, but will commonly include activities and tasks such as network address assignment, assignment of routing protocols and routing table configuration as well as configuration of authentication and authorization.
LSC also offers several credit and non-credit certificates in the understanding and mastery of certain software applications and coursework that can lead to Cisco and/or Microsoft certifications. And LSC offers AS degrees in computer programming where students are taught designing, writing, testing, debugging, and maintaining the source code for computer programs.
Lone Star College students studying computer programming are taught technical computing skills and general professional skills. Problem-solving, looking for innovative solutions, being an effective team player and recognizing the importance of keeping skills updated are combined to ensure students are successful when preparing for employment.
Whether you are looking to expand your IT experience, or change careers altogether, Lone Star College has the tools and instruction that will give you a competitive edge. Learn more at LoneStar.edu/CIT-Dept.
Alumni Profile: Waquas Hussain – Information Technology…A career in the cloud
Information Technology has transformed today’s workplace. In today’s high speed, in-demand world, industries from banking, transportation, logistics and manufacturing all rely on computers, data storage and networking to keep their companies competitive and safe.
LSC offers many credit and non-credit certificates in the understanding and mastery of certain software applications, computer programming and engineering, integrated technology, networking and web design.
“I searched online for community colleges near me and the Lone Star College-CyFair location came up,” said Waquas Hussain, former LSC student, who is employed as a LSC client technologies technician II.
“I decided to visit and see what kind of impression Lone Star College would have on me,” he said. “After 15 minutes of walking around the college and taking in the motivating atmosphere I told myself this is where I need to start!”
“Aside from the real world training that I received throughout my Microsoft Academy courses; my interaction with instructors, deans and peers at Lone Star College also proved to be valuable training,” said Hussain.
The LSC Computer Information Technology Department offers educational programs designed to provide students with current technological skills needed for the workplace. Working closely with local business and community leaders, certificates and degrees have been developed for many workforce needs.
Information technology staffing company Robert Half Technology reported that 60 percent of chief information officers find it “somewhat or very challenging” to find skilled information technology professionals today.
And according the Texas Workforce Commission, data processing, hosting and related services are expected to grow by 20 percent through 2022 in the Texas Gulf Coast area alone. TWC reported that workers in these fields can earn from $45,000 to $80,000.
“Find any opportunity that brings you closer to your goal. Hone your ability, move toward what interests you and always be open to learning,” said Hussain. “Technology is perpetually evolving. In order to keep up you need to improve your skills continually.”
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