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 2012 and 2022 is 11%. Jobs in computing and IT are expected to increase by 18% 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 2012-2022 2012 Average Annual Wage 2012 Average Hourly Wage
Computer Support / Help Desk Specialist 17% $48,900 $23.51
Network Technician 17% $48,900 $23.51
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 20% $70,180 $33.74
Medical Record, Health Information Technician 22% $34,160 $16.42
Environmental Engineering Technician 18% $45,350 $21.80
With a four-year or advanced Computer Science degree...
Sample Job Titles Projected Growth 2012-2022 2012 Average Annual Wage 2012 Average Hourly Wage
Information Security Analyst 37% $86,170 $41.43
Web Developer or Web Site Manager 20% $62,500 $30.05
Database Administrator 15% $77,080 $37.06
Network & Computer Systems Administrator 12% $72,560 $34.88
Software Developer, Software Engineer 22% $93,350 $44.88
Computer Systems Analyst 25% $79,680 $38.31
Computer Research Scientist 15% $102,190 $49.13

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.


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