8 Technology Majors All Computer-Savvy Tech Hopefuls Should Consider

8 Technology Majors All Computer-Savvy Tech Hopefuls Should Consider

You’ve always loved “playing” on the computer and are fascinated by the power and potential of these ever-present machines. But if you’re looking to turn your interest in computers into a career, then there’s a lot to research and consider.

You know you’ll need a technical education, but figuring out what you’d like to focus on is a little trickier to narrow down. Technology has become a pinnacle part of today’s digital economy, which is why there are so many specialized areas of study future tech pros can consider.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most common technology majors, so you can better understand the types of things you’ll learn as well as the potential job outcomes that align with them.

8 Types of technology majors and degrees worth considering

You know you want to study technology, but exactly what area should you pursue? Familiarize yourself with eight educational options you might consider. Which of these technology majors aligns with your skills and interests?

Computer Science

Want to create new programs out of whole cloth? Or push the theoretical possibilities of computing power to its limit? Computer Science majors learn the ins and outs of computer programming and the underlying logic that makes it work.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS: POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
Cloud Computing Programmer
Windows / iOS Programming Mobile app developer
Mobile App Development Software developer

Looking for more information? Check out our article, “What Can You Do with a Computer Science Degree?

Cyber Security

There’s a lot of important and valuable information stored on systems that are accessible via the internet. Social Security numbers, credit card information and health records are just a few of the important materials cyber security (also known as information security) professionals work to keep secure. Students who pursue a degree in Cyber Security will be equipped with an in-depth knowledge of computer networks, risk management strategies and how to protect against malicious hackers and their tools of the trade.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS: POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
Advanced Network Security

Information security analyst

Cryptography Penetration tester
Computer Forensics Security engineer

Curious if a career in information security is a good fit for you? Check out our article, “8 Signs You’re Wired for Working in a Cyber Security Career.”

Data Analytics

Data Analytics is an excellent first step for anyone looking to make a career out of harnessing the power of data. An education in Data Analytics means you’ll be able to review, extract and “clean” data from various sources and then use that data to solve defined problems. This valuable skill set, when applied, can help businesses and organizations make smarter decisions and become more efficient.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS: POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
Data Analysis and Optimization Data analyst
Business Intelligence Business analyst
Data Visualization Business intelligence specialist

Would you be a natural fit for a data analyst job? Learn more in our article, “6 Signs You Should Consider Pursuing a Data Analyst Career.”

Data Science

Our highly connected world creates an incredible amount of data. It’s believed that in 2017 alone more data was created than the previous 5,000 years combined—and that number will continue to climb. Data science is a discipline born out of that raw data. Data scientists learn to comb through data and use massive amounts of information to answer big questions or help inform important decisions. Because of the advanced nature of this field, most Data Science programs are offered at a graduate level.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS: POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
Statistical Analysis Data Scientist
Big Data Programming Statistician
Machine Learning Data Analyst

Looking for an in-depth explanation of the work of data scientists? Our article, “What Is a Data Scientist? The Simple Answer You’ve Been Seeking.”

Information Technology Management

The information technology department is the hidden engine that keeps businesses and organizations running. Every computer, mobile device, server and router relies on a well-planned and well-maintained network. When downtime means work grinds to a halt, it’s understandable when organizations place a premium on hiring skilled IT professionals.>An Information Technology Management program prepares students for both the hands-on set up, configuration and troubleshooting side of the work as well as managing the “business” side of IT.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS: POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
IT Systems Design IT project manager
Infrastructure and Hardware Network administrator
IT Project Management Information technology manager

Is an IT Management career in the cards for you? Learn what it takes by reading our article, “7 Attractive Attributes of the Most Successful IT Managers.”

Network Systems Administration

A Network Systems Administration degree program is another excellent option for those who are looking to enter the information technology field. Students will learn to configure, maintain and troubleshoot network hardware and software as well as develop their professional communication skills.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS: POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
Networking Security Network administrator
Operating Systems Systems administrator
Network Routing and Switching Network support specialist

Think you’d thrive in a network administration career? Learn more about what it entails in our article, “What Does a Network Administrator Do? A Behind-the-Scenes Look.”

Software Application Development

Have your sights set on building the next must-have app? An education in Software Applications Development gives graduates the skills they’ll need to design, test and build software used for a wide variety of purposes.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
Database Programming QA analyst
Object-Oriented Programming Software developer
Software Design Mobile app developer

What would life be like as a software developer? Get a taste of the job in our article, “ What Does a Software Developer Do?

Web Programming

The internet and the websites found on it are an incredibly important piece of our modern economy. That means there’s plenty of demand for professionals who can create slick, highly functional sites and applications. A Web Programming degree will prepare you to confidently work “under the hood” of a website—building and fixing important systems and functionalities.

COMMON COURSE SUBJECTS: POTENTIAL JOB TITLES:
Database Fundamentals Front-end developer
Web Programming (JavaScript, HTML, PHP) Back-end developer
Web Frameworks Web application developer

Want to learn more about the work of web developers? Check out our article, “What Does a Web Developer Do? The Builders of the Virtual World.”

Which of these technology majors is right for you?

When it comes to technology majors and careers, there’s a lot of ground to cover. From the IT pros designing and configuring large-scale computer networks to the data scientists using statistical analysis to harness mounds of data in solving some of the world’s toughest problems, there’s a niche for nearly any tech-savvy person to pursue.

Do you think you’ve identified the ideal technology degree program for your career aspirations? If so, you’ll want to visit Rasmussen College’s School of Technology program page to learn more about their specific offerings and how they can fit into your busy schedule.

Will Erstad

Will is a Sr. Content Specialist at Collegis Education. He researches and writes student-focused articles on a variety of topics for Rasmussen College. He is passionate about learning and enjoys writing engaging content to help current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.

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