2:29 PM CDT, November 2, 2012
Educators in both computer science and information technology agree that opportunity is boundless in the tech sector and there is a strong need to prepare the workforce in this country. Following are some of the "hot" degrees to pursue.
"Probably the hottest area is our Data Science specialization, part of our four-year BSCS degree, which prepares students to become data scientists working on analyzing big data for organizations of all kinds, from big retail companies, to health care providers, to urban planners, to social activists, and much more," says Shlomo Engelson Argamon, associate professor of Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology.
In addition, Argamon says a key undergraduate specialization is in Information Security, "which is of growing and urgent importance today as our whole economic, energy, and security infrastructure is based on networked computer systems," he adds.
In information technology, Ray Trygstad, IIT associate director, Information Technology and Management degree programs, say the school's Bachelor of Information Technology and Management and the Master of Information Technology and Management degrees are both hot, as they equip students with thinking skills and theory coupled with hands-on experience and a sound knowledge of the relationship of the technology to business.
"Our placement rates for graduates of our programs hovers at 95 percent or better," he says. "The bachelor's degree is a four-year degree, while the master's degree can be completed in 18 months—although we have had students do it in a year. "Elmhurst College offers the popular Master in Computer Information Systems in a two-year program. Students can choose between an on-campus or online format. "This degree covers both networking and application development," says Linda Krause, associate professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Master Computer Information Systems program director. "Students learn the latest technologies, such as virtualization, the .NET framework, SQL Server, etc. This degree also has a Professional Science Master's affiliation. The PSM is an innovative, new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers.