The School of Technology blog features industry tips and insight on the fast-growing technology world of today with topics that encompass everything from emerging IT and software engineering solutions, to cyber security and network administration, to everything in between.
Why the lack of diversity in tech? We spoke to experts to discover where the tech industry went wrong, what’s being done to correct the lack of diversity and what “tech minorities” can do to improve their chances of landing a job.
Data mining is a growing trend in the tech field. But what is it, who does it and how are organizations using it to improve their business? We connect with experts to answer all of your questions.
The more you and your family know about these scams and their devious tactics, the better off we will all be. Keep reading as we highlight some of the eye-opening numbers associated with tech scams, how to spot or prevent them and what to do if you suspect you or your family has been compromised.
As someone interested in earning potential and increasing opportunities, you don’t want to be left behind simply because you can’t follow along with the terminology. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with these 10 examples of tech lingo
Every industry has little tidbits and tricks of the trade to help you get ahead. We collected a few for you, so when it’s your time to shine, you can feel confident and prepared to work as a network administrator.
Recent cyberattacks have patients worried that the healthcare industry might not be doing enough to protect their medical information. What are the possible consequences of these data breaches, and what can the healthcare industry do to increase their cybersecurity? We spoke with the experts to get the facts about this complicated situation.
The fight against cancer is not a new one, but computer scientists have now joined forces with doctors and scientists. Join us as we explore some of the most notable discoveries in modern cancer research and tap into the potential computer scientists have to make even greater strides in the fight against cancer.
You need the real scoop on coding before you take steps toward this new career. We’re answering the question, “What is coding?” and debunking the Hollywood myth that it’s off-limits to the average Joe.
But if you’re thinking of pursuing a career in this field you’ll need to see more than just what you’ll find in a data analyst job description. Join us as we dig a little deeper into the life of a data analyst.
If you're interested in turning your passion for technology into a career, you're in luck! Employers in several industries are in need of IT professionals, offering you a variety of job opportunities. We broke down the top 5 fields to find entry-level IT jobs.
The truth is that not everyone can hack it as a computer programmer. It takes a unique set of characteristics to succeed in this field. We enlisted some programming pros to identify what it takes to hack it in this career.
The IT industry has a lot of opportunity to advance, but the key is getting your foot in the door. So how can you snag your first IT job without having any experience? Pay attention to these expert tips for beefing up your IT resume.
If you're looking for a program that will prime you for success in a variety of technology careers, you're probably considering IT versus computer science. We created this infographic to provide you with a side-by-side comparison of these fields of study so you can decide which suits you best.
It’s one thing to daydream about a job—and another thing to perform those job duties every day. You need all the facts before you choose to pursue a new career. We did the digging to uncover what data analysts really do all day. Read on to discover the daily job duties that could be part of your future career.
If you’re truly interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity, there are some important factors you should know before making your decision. We connected with cybersecurity professionals to gather some insight on what you can expect from a cybersecurity career.
You know the opportunities are optimistic, but how do you know if you’d be a good fit in this field? We enlisted some experts to help us identify some common qualities that lend themselves well to a successful career in web development.
We’re here to help with this side-by-side comparison of the two fields. Below you’ll find all of the basics, from education requirements to job titles to earning potential and more. Use this information to help you decide if you’re destined for a career in computer science or engineering.
What is a database administrator and what do they actually do? We gathered relevant government data and real-time job analysis software to help you gain a better understanding of what this position entails. Keep reading to find out if this position could be perfect for you.
If the thought of being a "cyber superhero" excites you, there's no better time than now to act on it! We enlisted a few experts to share some insight on the future of the industry to help you determine if you're up for the challenge of combating cyber villains.
If you have an interest in coding or programming, you’re probably aware that there are different types of hackers out there. You’ve possibly heard of the terms, “white hat,” “black hat” and “gray hat” hackers, but what do they really mean?
Are we actually taking online privacy and security as seriously as we think we are? Where are our weak spots? What more can we be doing? We canvassed a handful of tech experts to help uncover the answers to these critical questions.
But while computer science may seem challenging to some, others are naturally inclined to achieve success in the field. We identified some soft skills that many computer scientists share. Keep reading to find out if you already have them!
Though it can be frightening for some to look away from the stable 9-5 employment sector (with all its benefits), freelance work can certainly make the transition worthwhile—if you do it right.
The shortage of qualified technology workers has opened many doors for aspiring tech pros like you. We identified eight entry-level computer science jobs you can launch immediately after graduating.
Companies in every field – from online retailers to health insurance carriers – need skilled employees with the technical know-how to transform data into meaningful information that can boost their profits. A growing field like this offers a whole slew of career opportunities for those who want in on the action.
The truth is that not everyone is cut out for working the IT help desk. But for those who are, it can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity. Keep reading for some expert insight on what it’s really like, so you can decide whether you’ve got what it takes.
Think tech jobs are only for introverts? Think again! There are plenty of positions that would allow you to capitalize on your charismatic personality and leverage your love of interacting with others. We compiled a list of six people-person jobs for extroverts like you.
The information security courses you’ll take on your way to earning a degree will help equip you to take down cybercriminals and protect sensitive data. But what are these courses and why are they important? Learn more about the curriculum and the skills you'll gain from each course.
Think you’re not “techie” enough to capitalize on this exciting career opportunity? Think again! Keep reading to learn more about the various careers in technology and the types of people they attract.
There are plenty of programming careers for you to pursue in the world of technology. So whether you’d like to spend your entire days writing code or you’d like to use your programming knowledge to help drive overall business decisions, keep reading to find the perfect programming career for you.
Though it may surprise you, there are myriad benefits of starting computer science education young. Contrary to common belief, computer coding is not socially isolating screen time. Read on to learn what experts say about the advantages of computer science for our youth.
We connected with professional software developers across the country and gathered government data to help you answer this very question. If you’re interested in a sneak peek of the career life of a software developer, read on.
We identified some of the new or emerging technologies that are enough to have anyone on edge. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with some of these futuristic technologies and figure out if the fears are excessive or acceptable.
What are these new cloud computing security risks, and what can tech pros do to stay ahead of security breaches? We’ve recruited a number of IT experts to explain the top four cloud computing security risks today’s infosec pros are encountering on the front lines.
What does a CSO or a CISO actually do? How do these good guys keep the virtual bandits from breaching sensitive company information? Read on to hear an expert explain who these C-suite tech pros are and why we need them now more than ever.
You know the employment opportunities are out there. But how do you know if you have what it takes for becoming a software developer? We enlisted the experts to share some characteristics many successful software developers share. Can you relate to this list?
New technologies were created to better equip space exploration, but the benefits of these technological developments didn’t end when the rockets returned to earth. Take a look at ten ways space research has impacted life as we know it on earth.
If you looked at a list of America's best technology jobs, you'll find computer systems analyst among the top three. With a promising job outlook and exciting earning potential, it's no wonder you're intrigued with this career. But what exactly is a computer systems analyst? This article will tell you everything you need to know!
We uncovered four irrefutable computer science facts to reinforce the notion that a career in this industry is definitely worth pursuing. Keep reading to see what you have to look forward to.
What is Tor? And what does it have to do with the Dark Web? Read on to hear what IT experts have to say about this hidden internet platform.
If you’re considering the Rasmussen College computer science program, you came to the right place. Learn some fascinating features that make the program stand out among others.
Florida recently became the first state to allow computer coding to fulfill a high school foreign language requirement. Why did they do it and will others follow the trend? Read to find out!
With your love of all things tech, it’s no mystery why you want to make your house into a wired wonderland. You’re always on the lookout for technology DIY projects to help your space live up to your reputation. Let us help you out by giving you some innovative ideas.
If you’re seriously considering becoming a video game developer, you’re in the right place! Learn some helpful first steps that you can take to level up to your future career.
The perks of 'Internet of Things' come with risks you may not have realized. We spoke to experts in the field to learn about the biggest Internet of Things security concerns and what IT pros can do to prevent breaches.
After years of working various jobs to keep your family afloat, you've finally reached the point where you're craving something more. You don't want a job-you want a career! But before your head explodes from all the worries that come with changing careers, take comfort in the following information: there are entry-level tech job openings out there and you could land one without a four-year degree!
You've heard network administrators are in high demand and have exciting earning potential, but what do they actually do? We have all of the answers to your questions!
Before you pursue a technical support role, why not learn from the people who’ve been there before? In this article, we asked IT professionals to share what they wish they knew before working in IT technical support.
We gathered a combination of expert insight, government information and real-time job analysis data to provide you with the answers to all of your burning questions. Inside you'll find seven common questions about becoming a web developer.
While Hollywood hacking portrayals have improved substantially, there are still plenty of tech tropes still floating around that cause people who know better to shake their head in disbelief. With the help of tech professionals, we’ve identified some of the more egregious examples and explain the reality behind each.
If you're ready to upgrade your job to a career in technology, earning an IT certification is the fastest way to get your foot in the door and gain the experience needed to climb the corporate ladder. We identified the five IT certifications in highest demand by employers.
Who better to learn from than seasoned tech experts? We connected with them to collect their best IT career advice for the next generation of tech pros. These tips can help put you on the IT hiring managers’ radars.
Who says you have to sacrifice personal happiness in order to achieve financial stability? These 10 entry-level IT jobs will allow you to build a career around your passion for technology while also earning the salary you need to support your family.
Your analytical nature and love of technology has you thinking the information technology (IT) field is the perfect place to find employment. But with all of the precise skills and technical knowhow, you know you’d benefit from acquiring a formal education. Could an IT management degree be the key to unlocking the career you’ve been dreaming about? Learn more about the top 10 careers for IT management degree holders.
Currently, the biggest division line for web development is front-end verses back-end development. To give you a better idea of where your skills would be best utilized, we laid out the differences between the two and asked web developers to weigh-in on what it takes to succeed in each area.
Just because you’re new to the game doesn’t mean you need to be left out of the conversation. With a little preparation, you can impress your classmates on the first day of school with your know-how of computer science terms. Here are 25 to get your started.
While there are plenty of job options available to get you started on your IT journey, there are plenty of exciting opportunities as you continue on your career path. If you are looking to start a career track that has plenty of room for promotion and growth, give some thought to these top IT jobs for every experience level.
Maybe you know you want to join the fight on cybercrime or perhaps you’re just curious about what it takes. In any case, if you’re at all interested in how to become an information security analyst or what the position entails, you came to the right place! Read on for the answers to all of your questions.
With so many programming languages out there, how do you know where to start when you’re just beginning to dabble in coding? We polled the pros to get the scoop on three basic programming languages that are best for beginners.
Have you ever sent out a resume only to feel like it ends up in some internet black hole and you’ll never get the chance to prove your worth in person? Well you’re not alone. That’s why we enlisted tech recruiters, employers and professionals to get their take on what makes a tech resume stand out. Learn how to bolster your tech resume to make sure it ends up on the top of the pile.
When you visit hospitals, the last thing on your mind is the safety of your personal information. But after hearing this breaking news, you may start to give that notion a second thought! Cyberattacks on hospitals have quietly existed for a number of years. But today’s hackers are growing bolder than ever. Here's what you need to know.
Looking for an exciting new career in the growing technology industry? Network administration is an exciting option that is projected to grow faster than average. What's more exciting is that you can get your career started in as little as 18 months! Find out how in this comprehensive guide to becoming a network administrator.
Whether you’re up-to-speed on the latest details or not, you’re probably curious about the impact this case will have on the tech industry. For many professionals in information security, this face-off between a private tech company and the federal government might be one hinge the future of data security swings on.
With so many unusual and ambiguous tech job titles out there, you’re bound to come across a few you’ve never even heard about. To help familiarize you with all of the possibilities out there, we compiled a list of 11 of these IT job titles and their corresponding descriptions and earning potential.
Hackathons are not only are they fun, but there are also many practical perks to participating in these programming projects. Get expert insight on how hackathons work and how they can help you gain industry experience.
The titles may seem interchangeable, but as you’ll soon discover, there are definite distinctions between the two. Let us clarify your programmer versus developer confusion – read ahead to see what these exciting careers are all about!
It takes a team of skilled and savvy tech pros to keep things protected and running smoothly. So where do you fit in? We enlisted the experts to identify nine essential elements of an IT team. Take a look at these descriptions to see if any ring a bell. Your personality and skillset just might be the missing link an IT team is looking for!
In a fast-paced field like technology, the landscape is constantly evolving. The skills that were sought-after last year won’t necessarily be the ones employers are seeking this year. So how do you know which skills to sharpen?
We all know that money isn’t the only thing that matters in life. That said, it doesn’t hurt to know which jobs could lead to higher earnings – especially when you’re just starting out. To make your job easier, we identified six of the most promising entry level tech salaries for 2016, projected by the Robert Half Technology’s 2016 Salary Guide for Tech Professionals.
We compiled our readers’ favorite posts from the past year to give you a taste of what we’ve been up to. Whether you’re a loyal follower or you’re just stumbling upon our blog for the first time, we’re confident there’s something for everyone in this highlight reel.
You’re aware of the exciting career opportunities in computer science, but you might be surprised to learn about the important roles computer scientists play in our society. While the impact may not be as obvious as that of a nurse or teacher, these tech pros are working hard behind the scenes to make a difference.
To give you the upper hand when shopping this season, we’ve researched some of the top tech gifts and gadgets and even gathered some advice from tech pros themselves. So instead of wandering aimlessly throughout an electronics store, check out this list of gifts any tech pro would love to unwrap this holiday.
With the number of Internet users escalating year after year, security issues are expanding just as fast. If you're looking to join the fight against cybercrime, why not make a career out of it? You're passionate about technology and want to have a positive impact on society but, at the end of the day, your main concern is helping your family achieve financial stability. Well, you're in luck-there's a career out there that combines all three!
From the household to healthcare, the environment to industry, there’s a whole heap of Internet of Things examples out there already – things your grandparents would never believe! So if you want to know more about this tech trend and how it’s being used today, let us introduce you to some Internet of Things examples that would even make The Jetsons jealous.
Maybe you don’t consider yourself super tech-savvy. Or perhaps you have a knack for business processes and enjoy motivating others. If you can relate to these statements, becoming an IT project manager may be the perfect next step on your career path.
Scientists are often thought of as those who study nature or chemistry and make discoveries in medicine. But we can’t over-look the scientists who chose to study a much different specimen: the computer. Read up on some famous computer scientists who have used their knowledge, expertise and inventive spirits to impact our world forever.
There are many concerns that deter people from going this route, but the truth is that there are also some attractive advantages. IT professionals and recruiters alike say there are plenty of perks to starting out (or supplementing) your career in IT with contract positions.
Are you considering earning a computer science degree? If so, you're probably curious about what your options will be after graduation. We broke down the top ten computer science careers to help you in your research.
In a world where everyone has information that is important to protect, safeguarding that info has become a BIG business. The information security (infosec) field is incredibly important and in dire need of qualified professionals to join its ranks. Learn about five in-demand infosec jobs that may interest you.
We connected with several data scientists working in the field to help you understand the big picture behind this booming career option. Keep reading to find out if you’re destined to be a data scientist!
The good news if you’re interested in pursuing a career in technology is the industry is booming. Entry-level salaries are competitive and some companies even offer other surprising job perks. What’s more is that many technology job titles have the ability to impress your peers.
Many Internet users get lulled into a false sense of security online. Don't make that mistake! We polled IT security experts to identify some tips and tricks to help you avoid online identity theft.
We enlisted a handful of programming pros who insist their formal education has played an integral role in their careers. Our experts identified six things they never would have acquired without earning their degrees.
Working with Internet of Things (IoT) is about as cutting-edge as it gets for aspiring IT pros, which means you’ll be working with some state-of-the-art technology. But before you sign yourself up for this adventure, learn from the experts about this hot new concept.
Believe it or not, it’s perfectly plausible to change careers from business to technology. Don’t believe us? We enlisted some experts who’ve made the jump themselves to explain how your business experience can be transferred to the tech world—and even help you stand out!
A recent report lists IT salaries rising at an average rate of 5.7 percent this year. You're probably wondering why this is happening. More importantly, you want to know how you can get in on these enticing IT salaries. Learn about one IT expert's take on the situation.
You might assume a career in IT consists of 40 hours a week sitting in front of a computer at an isolated desk. But that’s just not the case! Building, repairing and maintaining hard drives and computer servers could give you the same satisfaction as working on cars or roofs. We connected with some IT pros to learn about five hands-on IT jobs where working with your hands will be just as important as working with a computer.
If you’re even remotely interested in pursuing a career in technology, you’re going to want to familiarize yourself with cloud computing. Not only should you know about it, but you may want to consider making a career out of it. Experts say cloud computing isn’t going anywhere, so you may as well hang on for the ride!
There are a lot of programming languages out there. How do you know which ones are worth adding to your arsenal? We analyzed more than 18 million technology job postings to identify the top programming languages based on earning potential and job opportunities.
You’ll be happy to know that top technology companies are offering jobs all across America. We used real-time job analysis software to examine more than 1.8 million technology jobs posted throughout the past year. Use this interactive map to find the opportunities near you!
Maintaining your privacy doesn’t have to mean giving up the mobile devices that help you manage your daily life. You can keep yourself and your family protected from data thieves by avoiding some common mobile device security mistakes. Stay one step ahead of hackers with these security tips from technology experts.
Why aren't more women capitalizing on the exciting opportunities in the tech industry? Many are steering clear due to some false assumptions they have about the field. We enlisted some experts to set the record straight.
Your curriculum will help you acquire the foundation of knowledge and skills on which you will build your entire career. So it’s logical to be curious about the types of information technology courses you’ll be taking. Get a sneak peek at five of the intriguing IT courses included in the Rasmussen College IT management program.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. This installment will explain how to write a follow-up email. Mastering this skill will help you maintain a professional presence in the workplace.
Now is the perfect time for job-seekers looking to break into the technology field. But what are the best tech jobs to pursue this year? We identified five of the top positions based on job openings and earning potential.
How do you get started in an intimidating field like information technology? The answer: as a help desk technician. It may not seem like a glamorous job, but IT pros say it has the potential to launch your career to new heights. Hear what they have to say.
Working in technology doesn't necessarily mean writing thousands of lines of code all day every day. There are several interactive and dynamic career opportunities available. So if you're not cut out for coding, consider one of these four tech jobs.
QA analysts have been dubbed some of the happiest employees in America. What do they really do and why is their job so enjoyable? Find out from the experts!
The year has come and gone and it's time to reflect on everything that happened in 2014. There's no better way to kick off a new year than to celebrate the last one! We identified five of our most-read and most-engaging technology posts from this past year.
Many people assume IT pros are boring and nerdy, but there are plenty who insist having a tech pro by your side comes in handy in many everyday situations. We connected with some IT pros and those who love them to get the lowdown on the advantages of marrying a tech pro.
Check out the first video in our Tech Tutorial Series. In this video tutorial, we'll share some tips and tricks for speeding up your PC computer.
In his previous career, Bloomington computer science graduate Michael Gunderson would be elbow-deep in auto parts, trying to piece together the remnants of a vehicle; now he is rolling his sleeves up and piecing together something entirely different-software. These jobs may seem vastly different but both boil down to piecing together parts of a system in order to make it more reliable and efficient. This is how Gunderson has moved from nuts and bolts to scripts and syntax.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. In this video tutorial, we'll teach you how to identify and remove a computer virus.
Cybersecurity blogs are a great source of information, education and conversation regarding the hot topics in the industry. We compiled a list of some of the best ones the Internet has to offer.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and what better way to celebrate than to evaluate your password habits? Our latest Tech Tutorial will walk you through some best practices to creating strong passwords.
In honor of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we put together a handy checklist to determine if your passwords are as secure as they should be. Use this tool to find out if you're at risk of being the target of a cyberattack.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. This installment will explain how to write a formal letter. Mastering this skill will help you make a great first impression in a professional setting.
If the tech industry is where you see your future, it's important to stay current on the industry jargon. We enlisted some tech experts to help us define some of these tricky tech terms so you have a solid understanding of what's happening in your field of interest.
Check out the latest episode of our Tech Tutorial Series. In this video tutorial, we'll walk you through the process of securing your router and wireless network. Following these steps will help you prevent your online activity from being used maliciously.
What's the best job around? The one you can do from anywhere! Learn about six exciting tech careers that allow you to work from the comfort of your own home!
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. This installment will walk you through the process of safely transferring files from one device to another. Mastering this skill will ensure that you always have access to your important files.
It's no secret that the job market can be competitive. So how can you be sure to stand out among your peers and catch the eye of that big-name company? We talked to tech pros from around the world to get their insight on three of the most in-demand IT skills that are sure to make your resume pop.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. This installment will demonstrate how to quickly find a specific word on a web page. This will save you time and energy when trying to locate precise information.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. In this installment, we'll explain how to be a safe social media user. You'll learn handy tips and tricks for protecting your profiles.
What's better than playing an amazing video game? Making an amazing video game of your own, of course! Florida game and simulation programming graduate Rebecca Long has done just that.
With the rise of computer and mobile technology over the last decade, IT careers have become even more fast-paced, creative and full of perks. Not to mention the fact that some starting salaries for IT workers can be relatively high.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. In this installment, we'll explain how to simply and safely upgrade your computer's memory. Doing this is one of the most efficient ways to speed up your system.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. This installment will demonstrate how to conduct a search query on Google. Mastering this skill will allow you to access a massive collection of information with a few clicks of your mouse.
Being a mom is a tough job. But luckily, as several iPhone commercials have reminded us time and time again, there's an app for that! Check out this list of 32 handy apps that will help lighten your load a bit.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. In this video tutorial, we'll explain how to encrypt a hard drive. You'll be introduced to hard drive encryption technologies that you can use to secure your data.
It's a good time to be working in technology. The above-average salaries and rapidly-growing job opportunities are enough to grab your attention, but which positions appeal to you the most? We created this handy interactive map to help you pinpoint the opportunities with the most potential near you.
Check out the latest video in our Tech Tutorial Series. This installment will share some tips and tricks for maintaining proper email etiquette. There is no perfect recipe for writing an email, but these simple guidelines will help you demonstrate professionalism in your message.
In the wake of America's economic struggles, the tech world is constantly seeking new blood and fresh ideas. The rate at which tech pros are developing new trends and technological concepts suggests that the tech field is constantly evolving.
Check out the first video in our Tech Tutorial Series. In this video tutorial, we'll show you some practical ways to help mitigate your risk of acquiring malware on your personal computer. Following these steps will help secure your sensitive data and keep your device running smoothly.
If you've got some experience and are looking to take the next step in your tech career, one option is to move into management. We called on industry experts to help us identify the three things you need to become an IT manager.
One expert says women associate IT careers with "geekiness" but she says it should be seen and promoted for what it truly is, a service industry involving a lot of communication and problem-solving.
News of the "Heartbleed bug" has been wreaking havoc across cyberspace. It's been described as "the most dangerous security flaw on the web" and "the ultimate web nightmare." But is it really as bad as it seems? Information security pros say yes! Find out why and what you can do to protect yourself.
Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on Windows XP and will no longer support the operating system as of April 8, 2014. If you're part of the 30% of users still using XP, you're probably wondering why the change happened, how it will affect you and what options you have. We enlisted a tech expert to help you understand your options.
These days, tech pros enjoy some of the most exciting job perks the corporate world has to offer. With so many job openings and so few qualified candidates, companies have to get creative to land top tech talent. Learn about some of these incredible incentives!
Americans are on high alert these days when it comes to cyber fraud - and rightfully so. With reports of high profile data breaches saturating the news in 2013, consumers are on edge. Check out this infographic to learn about the tricky tactics used by today's cybercriminals and how you can avoid becoming their next target!
"Big Data" is one trend that is taking the tech world by storm, shifting paradigms and creating a higher demand for IT professionals.
News flash: The best computer programmers don't always make the best managers. They may write beautiful code but they might not have the soft skills necessary to manage others without ruffling feathers.
It can be easy to forget the variety of opportunities available to you as a citizen of the United States. But for recent immigrants like Peter Ukpo, the opportunity to earn a slice of the American Dream acts as a constant motivator.
As the world of technology rapidly evolves, there is a particular specialization of software development that is currently skyrocketing: software application development. Learn everything you need to know about this up-and-coming field, including its promising job outlook, impressive earning potential and fast-track training options.
The odds were certainly not in Luke McDonald's favor. McDonald-a recent game and simulation programming graduate-dropped out of his Ocala, Fla. high school during his freshman year, and although he earned his GED and eventually found himself a job, his future prospects weren't looking great. McDonald's mother saw he was in a funk and one day encouraged him to make something more of himself and continue his education.
Let's be honest - you want a prestigious, high-paying job. You dream of living a lavish life filled with fancy gadgets and exotic travel. There's nothing wrong with that. Finding a career that provides all of this and is enjoyable is too good to be true, right? Wrong! You spend most of your time in front of a computer anyways, so why not make a career out of it? We highlight three popular and profitable positions and let you know what it takes to land them.
Here's a scary fact: 92 percent of companies in 2012 found an intrusion by a third party in their databases. And without someone who is trained to monitor and react to these alerts, a company's confidential material can be walking out the door - or through a web of network cable, as the case may be - along with the intruder. This is just one reason why information security professionals are some of the most valuable employees in any organization.
IT professionals are in demand throughout every industry, which means NOW is the time to start planning your IT career path. So if you've been waiting for proof that pursuing an IT career will be profitable in the long run, here it is! These five facts will help demonstrate the wisdom in your decision to become an IT professional.
You finally know what you want to be when you "grow up" - and it's something cool. Becoming a game and simulation programmer can open a lot of doors for you in terms of job opportunities, but it's natural that you want to do some research before deciding on your degree.
Information Security is a field in which you defend and protect information from unauthorized access, disruption, modification or unwanted destruction of data. Take a look at this article to learn more about this interesting career in the field of technology.
If you've ever considered leaving your job to pursue a career in technology, there's no better time than now. The tech world is in the midst of exciting, industry-wide growth and it's about time you cashed in on it! Learn about three positions projected to grow in the next decade.
Information technology management (ITM) is where information technology (IT) resources - i.e., computer hardware, software, data, networks and data facilities - are managed according to the needs of an organization. Companies need people equipped with the skills and expertise to protect these resources from any malfunctions or tampering.
A seasoned veteran in the IT industry shares three essential ingredients in the recipe for success in the tech world: certification, experience and education. Learn about how these work hand-in-hand in helping advance your tech career.
One of the hot button issues across the technology industry today is the level of security behind cloud versus external hard drive storage. The crux of the issue lies with one's chosen method of storing files: Either on a computer's hard drive (i.e., "locally) or on virtual servers accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection (i.e., "in the cloud").
Rasmussen College hosted a Career Chat on July 26, in honor of System Administrators Day. The Careers in Technology chat utilized Google+ Hangouts on Air to discuss the popular career field of technology with selected subject matter experts.
Rasmussen College is hosting a Career Chat featuring careers in technology on July 26. The live chat will feature a panel of tech career experts. Learn more about how you can actively participate in this unique opportunity!
If you have an interest in technology, but aren't necessarily savvy when it comes to programming languages and operating systems, a career in information technology (IT) management might be right up your alley. Experts in the field agree that many IT management skills are closely aligned with responsibilities you master every day as a mother. Real IT manager moms share insight about how these skills overlap.
You've always dreamed of working for one of those prestigious companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google, but you're not sure if the skills you possess - or ones you're developing - are what today's tech startups are looking for.
As the video game industry continues to gain popularity - 68 percent of Americans play computer or video games - the demand for game developers and programmers to create products that entice, intrigue and capture the user experience is increasing significantly.
If you're ready to move on from your entry-level tech job and advance toward a better position, now is the perfect time! Most executives admit that they have trouble filling vacant technology positions with skilled professionals. We've highlighted some of the top tech jobs based on education level.
You've decided you want a career in information technology. The following video from the "What Should I Do with My Life" series takes a look at the salaries associated with the most common IT positions.
If you love working with computers and other forms of technology, you may want to consider choosing a career in Information Technology. Our "What Should I Do With My Life?" video helps you navigate the different Information Technology career possibilities.
With so many IT degree options out there, how do you know which degree is right for you? The following video from the "What Should I Do With My Life?" series breaks down the different IT degree programs available to you.
So, you're interested in computers and you're intrigued by the world of technology, but your interests and ideas about what you want to do as a career are always changing. Let us help.
There's no better way to make a splash in the technology industry than by mastering the latest tech trends. So as you prepare to enter the workforce, you'll benefit by investing your time in discovering what's hot in the field. One acronym that is creating quite a buzz lately is BYOD. It stands for "bring your own device" and it's taking the corporate world by storm.
So, you're not sure which degree is the best fit for you, but you do know that when it's complete, you want to be a mover and a shaker in the industry you choose. Maybe you're trying to find that one field or career that allows you to use the analytical side of your brain and speaks to your passion for gaming. Maybe you're even searching for jobs that will pay the bills and help you shine among your group of friends.
Did you know that every Excel spreadsheet has more than 16,000 columns and a million rows? Did you know that you can create shapes in an Excel chart? Are you familiar with VLOOKUP, COUNTIF or pivot tables?
The first three articles in our "Computer Science vs. Information Technology" series provide an overview of the basic job descriptions, skills needed, job outlooks and salary information for both industries. This final installment addresses perhaps the most important question in the entire series: Where are the jobs?
There's a good chance that one of the reasons you decided to pursue a degree is to get a better job and, in turn, earn more money. While some say that money can't buy happiness, it can help you sleep a little better at night knowing you can properly support your family. So when you're considering investing in a technology degree, it's perfectly natural to be curious about the job outlook and salary trends of the field in which you're hoping to work.
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Cue the next sentence to the tune of Beyonce's "Single Ladies." All the techie ladies, all the techie ladies, put your hands up if you love engineering, gadgets and technology. Think there's no place for women in the tech industry? Think again. It's easier than ever for women to break into a career doing what they love.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - VLookup, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
A common debate many prospective technology students encounter is that of computer science versus information technology. The two seem quite similar on the surface, so it's easy to confuse one for the other. But before you invest time and money in a college degree, it's important to know the day-to-day skills needed to survive in each industry.
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If you're interested in earning a degree in technology, you've probably considered computer science versus information technology. While the two may seem similar on the surface, they are fundamentally different in nature. It's important to have a comprehensive understanding of each so you don't waste a lot of time and money preparing for the wrong career.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Countif Function in Excel, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
Imagine a futuristic world where humans depend on robots to complete their undesirable tasks. Over time, your robot gets smarter and realizes it's missing something - rhythm, lifeblood, a definition of living. So, it leaves the factory on a quest to find the one element that defines life - a beating heart.
Although your entry-level technology job helps pay the bills, is it really what you want to be doing for the rest of your life? Going back to school may be something you've been contemplating, but the question still lingers-are the rewards worth the risks involved? Here are three noteworthy facts to make you more confident about your decision to go back to school to study technology.
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Are you looking for a career that will let you brag to your friends? How about a career that allows you to work and play?
Did you know Twitter used to be described as "a short burst of inconsequential information" and "chirps from birds"? As people meet through social sharing and maintain connections, tweeting and/or "chirps" will continue to be heard around the world, but how do you connect and stay in touch with the people you are interested in?
Are you a bit apprehensive about the current job market? If so, you're not alone. But don't panic! There are certain industries that currently boast a promising job outlook. One of these industries is technology. Several of today's most wanted jobs happen to fall into this category.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Average Functions in Excel, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Count Function in Excel, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Basic Structures of Formulas in Excel, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
We hear about information and network security in the news all the time. The most recent drama covers the threats against our technology infrastructures around the world but what exactly is network security? Am I safe? Who are the virtual soldiers that are leading the charge to keep these predators at bay?
Are you currently in a career but searching for something new? Do you have the skills to obtain a management level position? If you have decided to turn your existing job into a new career, then interviews will be on your schedule soon. In turn, your background and experience are a valuable aspect of your future job search. The skills you possess; either makes you stand out from the crowd or is very similar to others who are applying for the same job.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Macros, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
The game engine is the core of the entire gaming experience that allows for all the graphics and actions to be rendered. Designers are behind the use of game engines, but several variables still exist that require manipulation by programmers. Unreal Engine IV puts design back in the hands of designers by increasing simplicity and efficiency between going back and fourth amongst developing and testing.
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Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Conditional Formatting, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
Every time a security breach happens, the kneejerk reaction is to blame the entity where the break-in occurred. Obviously, every company has to take reasonable security measures to protect privacy and proprietary information, but is it reasonable to expect a determined hacker cannot get through these defenses?
Today's technology is a booming market full of exciting and innovative products and new learning opportunities. With technology as a major consumer of our time and also an exciting experience in our world today, are you motivated to generate something new?
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Blain Barton, an evangelist for Microsoft, spoke at Rasmussen College about the new live features offered in the new operating system Windows 8. There were 27 students in attendance on August 30, 2012, along with several faculty and staff members. Barton gave a preview of all the features built into Windows 8.
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Did you know the average IT resume gets read in 15-30 seconds? According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. With all the competition you face from other IT jobseekers sending in their resumes, what is going to make yours stand out?
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Count, Countif, Concatenate Functions to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
From high-definition television to social media and smartphones, technology has drastically changed the way we receive and share information. Just think - ten years ago, iPhones, Facebook and Twitter didn't even exist. Nobody knew of 'status updates' or the concept of hashtags. To get directions, many of us printed them from MapQuest, right? These days, it's hard to imagine life without social networking or mobile phones turned GPS device. We live in an information-driven world, and Americans want their information in the most accessible way possible. This is the perfect time for all you technology dreamers out there to develop the next big thing. Here's the catch: you have to know your dream is original.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Vlookup Function to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - SUM, Average, Max, Min Functions to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
There are apps, and then there are degrees that build apps. The world of smartphones and technology are continuously evolving and has piqued the interest of many tech-savvy individuals interested in pursuing a career or degree in the software application development field. However, to really delve into the field they must be ready for what a software application development degree entails.
Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Graph, and learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
In today's ever-changing and diverse culture, there are a lot of place to get information, including technology. There are also many ways to stay educated on all of the new technology and gadgets out there today. Luckily, there are blogs for you to learn from to find out about the next-big-thing coming in technology.
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Check out our latest Excel 2010 Tutorial - Table, Ribbons, Navigation, to learn more about the important aspects of Excel 2010, and what you will be learning and working on in the classroom.
As we continue to be more connected online through social networks and mobile phones, the dangers of maintaining our personal online security continue to increase. As businesses, schools, and households move toward digitally storage of important documents and personal mementos, we need to plan accordingly to keep our privacy safe.
Check out our latest "What Should I Do With My Life" video to learn more about choosing an Information Systems degree, courses to expect and what you will be working with in the classroom.
Check out the following infographic to learn how you can reduce your risk of falling victim to a cyber attack.
Check out the following infographic to learn how you can reduce your risk of falling victim to a cyber attack.
With so many ways to utilize technology these days, it can be hard to keep track of all your files and accounts. Fortunately, a handy storage device may be just the solution.
In this edition of our "What Should I Do With My Life" video series we learn about the educational and career paths opportunities in order to learn more Information Systems Management.
Malware seems to be the technology catchphrase nowadays. It is used to describe anything that can take over your computer to use it as a weapon or worse stealing your personal information. Viruses, worms, spyware, Trojan horse viruses, adware, fake virus programs, rootkits, and other programs intended to harm your computer are all malware. They hide themselves in web links, videos, freeware, pictures, and even e-mail from your grandma!
Your PC is similar to every car, closet, and boat you've seen; it gets dirty, disorganized, and slows down if it is not properly maintained. Some of the most important computer tasks that you can perform such as backing up, securing your documents and cleaning your computer always comes with the best of intentions but usually end up like New Year's resolutions: we all say were going to do them, but the reality is "all steam ahead" usually ends up puttering out of gas a couple of weeks after the new year.
In March 2012, Rasmussen College and Microsoft partnered together to host the Microsoft IT Pro Camp at the Rasmussen College Aurora/Naperville campus in Aurora, Ill. This event took the community's technology understanding to the next level by bringing together key up-and-coming local partners into the program.
You may only be an IT Technician and not in the CIA, but you are going to have to learn how to keep a secret.
Technology is constantly changing the way businesses, government operations, and academic institutions function.
Computer technology has become ingrained in almost every part of modern life - smart phones, laptops, Internet TV, and video game systems among many more.
Technology instructor at Rasmussen College answers the question, "What is information systems" in this cool video blog.
If you're fascinated by technology and are looking to enhance your skills by entering into a Computer Science degree program, there's no better time to do it than now.
Come join Rasmussen College in Ocala, FL for 48 hours of intense, non-stop game creation from January 27 through 29.
Hosted by the Rasmussen College Alumni Association, this webinar features important information about mobile applications as told by Rockford School of Technology and Design instructor, PJ Way.
If you are constantly pondering the production involved in video games or thinking about new and innovative video game ideas, you may have the passion required for the expanding industry of game development.
As the technology industry continues to thrive, there's bound to be a significant rise in one important sector - job growth.
Join us and learn from Google experts how to successfully launch your business website and execute marketing campaigns.
This infographic will highlight how many iPhone application downloads have occurred over time.
As technology continues to drive economic and social growth, the demand for graduates of Computer Science degrees continues to expand.
If you're artistic or creative and have a passion for playing video and computer games, a Game Design degree may be just what you need to get started in the rapidly growing field of digital programming.
As a growing interest rises in software development, it may be time for you to jump on the bandwagon and pursue a career in this highly coveted field.
Becoming part of the technological world through earning a Computer Information Technology Associate's degree with an IT specialization will give you the tools to aid your future company and get your coworkers back to the job at hand.
Computer technology is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide.
This infographic exposes the reach of the worst security breaches in history.
As the number of businesses which rely on electronic methods for storing important data rises, the demand for individuals adept at protecting such information is bound to increase as well.
Cloud computing is emerging as a promising IT service delivery vehicle. Storing data and services outside of a corporate infrastructure is a change that is creating much conversation in the world of IT professionals. Join us August 11 for an in-depth look at cloud computing.
Creative. It's not just a concept, it's a workforce. Managing creative teams provides challenges that require individuals with design knowledge and business savvy. Join us Thursday August 11, 2011 at the Brooklyn Park Technology &amp;amp;amp;amp; Design Center for an insider's look at managing creative and social media from the perspective of experts Aaron O'Keefe and KC Glaser.
Apple genius speaks at the Rasmussen College Tampa/Brandon, FL college campus on July 20.
As a new iPhone owner, I can't help but wonder, "Did I do enough research? Does the Droid user sitting across from me really get a better signal?"
Here are five tips to step out of the corporate box and reclaim your creative voice as an in-house designer.
Rasmussen College alumni, Jacob Sorem, who is now an instructor at Rasmussen College in Brooklyn Park, MN. He shares his educational and career path from start to finish in this riveting article.
Many people would agree that a keen knowledge of computers is one of the most vital tools a person can have.
Technology expert and Director of the School of Technology and Design shares his thoughts on the best tech gifts for Father's Day.
Rasmussen College technology instructor, PJ Way, shares the top apps for finding the best gas prices around town with ABC - 7 News.
If your computer crashes tomorrow, what would your life look like? Read this post to learn more about how you can protect your computer from crashing.
If you're someone who adores computers and geek speak or loves to create amazing things with your mind and sense of adventure, a School of Technology &amp;amp; Design degree program could be for you.
Technology expert and Director of the School of Technology and Design, Hap Aziz, discusses best budget travel websites on WOFL- My Fox Orlando 35.
Hap Aziz discusses ways to protect your children as they use gadgets that connect to the Internet, such as game consoles, phones and computers.
Hap Aziz discusses the best mobile applications for busy moms that will make life easier. Hap is the Director of Technology and Design at Rasmussen College.
Watch Rasmussen College Information Systems Management program instructor Jacob Sorem give practical advice to the Twin Cities' KARE 11 news on how to plan your gadget purchases and avoid outdated technology.
Technology degree-seeking student, Mark Hays, shares his story about his journey to and through college. Mark is a full-time worker, expectant father, husband, and student with an inspiring story.
Manage your carbon footprint with green mobile applications for your phone. Hap Aziz discusses six of the best best mobile apps to increase your green awareness.
Technology instructor James Keltgen discusses the new Software Application Development degree program at Rasmussen College and the growing demand and opportunity for individuals with these new skills in this technology news clip.
Rasmussen College Director of the School of Technology and Design Hap Aziz explains Amazon's streaming music service in this Technology and Design news segment.
Not sure if you should click on that link in your email? Watch this video blog post as Technology and Design Instructor Jacob Sorem provides tips for protecting yourself from email fraud on this KARE 11 news segment, which originally aired on 4/4/11.
Learn how to root your Nook Color and turn it into an Android tablet computer.
Watch technology expert, Hap Aziz talk about the technology bubble and smartphone usage on WOFL in Orlando.
Rasmussen College School of Technology and Design Director Hap Aziz discusses the new launch of the iPad 2, and upgrading your tech gadgets.
Rasmussen College School of Technology &amp;amp;amp;amp; Design Director discusses the new launch of the iPad 2.
With new apps coming out daily, the Smartphone is quickly becoming an effective, convenient device for teachers. Your mobile device really can help you be more effective in the classroom. Want to get up to speed? Here are the top 15 apps that will help you stay plugged into your curriculum and keep up with students.
The Director of the School of Technology and Design at Rasmussen College shares the top holiday tech gadgets to the host of Tech Talk, the nation's top technology talk radio program.
Online degree instructor at Rasmussen College discusses sharing online documents and cloud computing in a recent webinar.
Going green is easier than ever. There is a cool tool for mostly any activity to make life easier, healthier and better for the environment.
There's a demand across all industries for specialized professionals who can install, upgrade and maintain computer systems within an organization. Hap Aziz, Director of the School of Technology and Design, breaks down what you can do after completing network administration courses and enter the IT field.