Community College Pathway to IT and Computing Careers

 
 

Are any of these true for you?

Are you somebody who...

  • enjoys finding better ways to get things done and wonders how you might use that in a job?
  • is interested in understanding how technology can help solve some of the world's most pressing problems?
  • wants a good job with good pay, soon?
  • is interested in staying local?
  • is looking for an affordable start to your college education?
Then you might want to enroll in a community college.



By enrolling in a two-year college you can pursue these IT and computing career paths:

  • Industry-recognized certifications can qualify you for good jobs in a short period of time.
  • A two-year associate's degree prepares you for computer programming, network administration, computer support, web design, health care information, and other technical jobs.
  • Transfer to a four-year college or university enables you to work toward a bachelor's degree in computer science. If this is your plan, be sure to take community college coursework that will transfer.
 
 


Jobs are available...

IT and computing jobs are among the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. Average projected growth of all U.S. occupations between 2010 and 2020 is 14%. Jobs in computing and IT are expected to increase by 22% during the same period.


...and pay well

Salaries in IT and computing are high and can take less time to achieve than those in other sectors.

With a two-year degree or technical certification...
Some Job Titles Include Projected Growth 2010-2020 2012 Average Annual Wage 2012 Average Hourly Wage
Computer Support / Help Desk Specialist 18% $46,260 $22.24
Network Technician 18% $46,260 $22.24
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 19% $68,560 $32.96
Medical Record, Health Information Technician 21% $32,350 $15.55
Environmental Engineering Technician 24% $43,390 $20.86
With a four-year or advanced Computer Science degree...
Sample Job Titles Projected Growth 2010-2020 2012 Average Annual Wage 2012 Average Hourly Wage
Computer Security Specialist 22% $75,660 $36.37
Web Developer or Web Site Manager 22% $75,660 $36.37
Database Administrator 31% $73,490 $35.33
Network & Computer Systems Administrator 28% $69,160 $33.25
Software Developer 30% $90,530 $43.52
Computer Software Engineer 9% $98,810 $47.50
Computer Scientist 19% $100,660 $48.39


Get started now!

  1. Take math, IT, and computer science classes.
  2. Look for extracurricular computing activities.
  3. Do research and meet with advisors at two-year colleges.
    • Ask about certification programs recognized by local technology companies.
    • Learn which courses apply to a four-year degree or major (if you plan to transfer).
  4. Apply for admission to community college.
  5. Develop a program plan with a faculty member or academic advisor for the degree you're considering.


Sources:

This Counselors for Computing (C4C) resource was produced by the NCWIT K-12 Alliance with support from the Merck Company Foundation and Google.