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Career Resources — Technology

Industry Overview

At its core, technology is about efficiency. Standardizing processes, collecting, protecting, and analyzing data, solving unmet needs, and improving efficiency are all the basic goals of technology implementation. Utilizing technology is a fundamental necessity across all industries and those knowledgeable of it are currently in high demand. 

Key Skills to the Industry

Preference to those with a bachelor’s degree in information technology management, computer science, or computer engineering or a strong interest in technology

  • Quick adaptation
  • Project management
  • Self-regulator 

Popular Industry Sectors

Information Technology consultants, also known as computer consultants and digital consultants, help clients design and implement IT systems or develop better IT practices; provide strategic advice on social media and IT issues; and train staff members working in IT areas such as hardware/software design and setup, computer security, network setup and administration, and search engine marketing.

The software industry is comprised of programmers, designers, marketers, sellers, and others who create the programs users need and then market them and sell them. Some programs are designed for general use and mass consumption, while other programs are custom-designed for a company’s needs. Computer software companies typically provide software for a specific niche or function. For example, some companies develop software for engineers, while others develop software for traffic control.

The hardware industry researches, designs, and develops a wide range of products, including items you use every day your homes (computers, phones), as well as large scale industrial products and power systems.

Cloud computing and security are emerging sectors and could fall under the role of consultant or developer.  Other emerging areas include Data Analytics and Data Mining, which are processes of exploring data to identify patterns or relationships in the data, which can then be used to predict business or market trends, as well as security risks and improvements in user experience (UX).  UX as its own industry currently focuses on software design and smart devices.