Information Technology as specialty is in an excellent position on the technical and engineering study-career spectrum. It is situated between MIS on one side and Computer Science then Computer Engineering on the other. IT covers the study, design, configuration, optimization, training, implementation and support of software and hardware solutions from computers and telecommunications domains to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data for the purpose of maintaining the lifeblood of the enterprise.
But IT is more than that, it is also about being business aware of the strategic significance information systems play in the day-to-day competitiveness, profitability and even survivability of the enterprise. With their insights into the myriad of IT systems solutions that are available at every juncture in the life of the enterprise, IT specialists are more and more at the center of the running, decision making and long-term strategic planning of organizations and businesses.
It is not uncommon for an IT specialist to start as a Web Programmer, then move on to Web Master or Database Admin duties and gradually make their way to roles associated with the senior management of the enterprise such as Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Senior Consultant to upper management.
Potential careers for graduates of the Information Technology program include and are not restricted to:
- Information systems and applications analysis, design and implementation.
- Technical support.
- Project management.
- Business planning or redesign.
- Information management.
- Database development and administration.
- User interface design, development of multimedia and Web applications.
- Academic roles including teaching and research in information systems and related fields.