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Career Tracks: Computer Technology

There are three fields of study in Computer Technology; Programming, Networking, and Information Technology. Graduates of Computer Technology will be prepared for a career in the information technology world.


Graduates in this field may be required to:

  • plan, design, and develop programming applications or network systems

  • program in languages such as Visual Basic, Java, C++, HTML, Dreamweaver, or SQL

  • create and host web applications

  • install, configure and troubleshoot pc's and network issues

Working Conditions

Graduates in this field commonly experience:

  • work inside; office, computer rooms

  • work under stress to meet deadlines

  • considerable paperwork

  • overtime / night / weekend hours sometimes necessary

  • work in cooperation with others

  • work with direct supervision

Physical Demands

  • light lifting (50 pounds or less)

Characteristics & Temperament

Graduates in this field should have:

  • excellent communication skills -- writing and speaking

  • ability to work with data (numbers, symbols, ideas, concepts)

  • ability to work well with people / diverse population

  • ability to reason and make judgments

  • ability to "catch on" quickly

  • attention to detail / proofread quickly and effectively

  • ability to follow procedure

  • responsibility

  • self-discipline / self-motivation

  • ability to quickly become comfortable with new technology

Employment Outlook

Employment statistics for PTC graduates between 2011 and 2013, who found jobs in this field, are as follows:

  • salary average: $32,375.00 per year

  • salary range: $21,000 - 45,000 per year

  • 87% placement rate for 2011-2013 graduates

  • competitive job market

  • entry level positions: programmer, help desk, network technician, IT technician, Information Resource, Coordinator, Network Administrator, Systems Administrator

  • possible advancement to computer analyst with experience

  • employment in cities and towns of all sizes


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