• Endless Opportunities in the IT Industry
    Information technology is a broad, ever-growing field.  Over 10 million people are employed in IT related jobs.  These jobs are in private and public sector organizations that include the following areas:
    • Publishing industries (software, internet, and traditional)
    • Motion picture and sound recording industries
    • Broadcasting industries
    • Marketing and advertisement design
    • Animation and game design
    • Telecommunications industries, cellular, broadband and others
    • Internet service providers and web search portals
    • Database/processing industries
    • Network administration
    • Information services industries
    • Computer infrastructure systems design
    • System design, service and maintenance
    • Cyber security and information management 

    The Future of the IT Industry
    The U.S. Department of Labor projects that between 2008 and 2018, 1.4 million computing jobs will have opened in the United States.  If current graduation rates continue, only 61% of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing degree-earners. When including only computing bachelor’s degrees, this percentage drops to 29% of projected job openings that could be filled.  The image below shows that for New York State alone 89% of projected job openings require some form of computing degree. 
    Computer science and the technologies it enables now lie at the heart of our economy, our daily lives, and scientific enterprise. As the digital age has transformed the world and workforce, U.S. K-12 education has fallen woefully behind in preparing students with the fundamental computer science knowledge and skills they need for future success. To be a well-educated citizen as we move toward an ever-more computing-intensive world and to be prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century, students must have a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of computer science.
     New York State Computer Job Openings
    Why IT?

    We all know that the world runs on computers. Computers and computing technology are the backbone of every industry. Today's students need to do more than just surf the Internet and text on their phones. They need to produce [with], not just consume, technology. All should know how to do basic programming, how to purchase and maintain a computer and to be "virtual citizens".  Computer Science — not computer literacy — underlies most innovation today, yet the majority of U.S. schools require only that students use computers. Computer science teaches students design, logical reasoning, and problem solving — all valuable well beyond the computer science classroom.

    The opportunities in the IT industry are endless and diverse.  There are opportunities for every level of ability and interest and anyone can learn IT skills

    In the face of our changing economy it is vital that we guide students toward available and gainful careers.  The Academy of Information Technology is working to bring more opportunities to explore and learn about the IT field to the students at North Tonawanda High School.

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