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The curriculum for information technology management is intended to help students develop a broad skill set, one which may provide them with the theoretical understanding to perform a number of different core business functions, including: programmer analyst, systems analyst, database analyst, information systems analyst, security analyst, security risk assessor/manager, project manager, computer resource manager, and information technology manager.

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Useful Skills within the Information Technology Management Field

Critical Thinking - Able to use logic and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a problem.

Problem-Solving - Ability to identify and solve complex problems.

Organization Skills - Ability to listen, think clearly, and organize thoughts quickly.

Detail Oriented - Being able to pay special attention to detail to help solve complex problems.

Analytical Skills - Quickly determining how processes and systems work, interpreting data, analyzing data, and solving problems.

Reading Comprehension - Understanding and having the ability to read complex sentences in work related documents.

Active Listening - Understanding the points of others and listening to help solve problems.

 
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Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the information technology management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you chose may require additional education or experience.

Business Intelligence Analyst
Computer and Information Systems Manager
Computer Hardware Engineer
Computer Network Architect
Computer Network Support Specialist
Computer Operator
Computer System Engineer/Architect
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer User Support Specialist
Data Warehousing Specialist
Database Administrator
Database Architect

Document Management Specialist
Information Research Scientist
Information Security Analyst
Information Technology Project Managers
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Software Developer
Software Developer, Applications
Software Developer, Systems Software
Software Quality Assurance Engineer and Tester
Telecommunications Engineering Specialist
Training and Development Specialist
Web Administrator

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real-life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The career services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships organized by interest or by federal program.

In addition to the organizations mentioned above, there are government-organized internship programs, many of which require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best way to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search USAJobs.gov, or to look at the agencies’ career portals. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.

Pathways
The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students as well as training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, who, due to their military service obligation, have up to six years to apply). The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract outstanding federal service members from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in and commitment to a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expecting to complete an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the current academic year. Graduate students who have had their degree conferred in the preceding two years from the opening of the vacancy announcement are also eligible for PMF.

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense and aims to provide summer work experience and, in some cases, full-time employment to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of which makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in information technology management. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.

CiRBA
Cisco, Inc.
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs

Honeywell
General Dynamics
Intel
Pfizer
Prism
Xerox

While many of the major job search engines will have several positions to choose from, those listed below are specific to the information technology management field.

Computer Jobs
CIO IT Job Search
Dice
IT Management Central
TechCareers

 
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Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions

GITMA Conference
Aug. 9-10, 2016
San Diego, Calif.

IIMA Annual Conference
Sept. 19-21, 2016
Taipei, Taiwan

INFORMS Annual Meeting
Nov. 13-16, 2016
Nashville, Tenn.

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Get Connected: Social Media

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Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) - Facebook
Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) - Facebook
International Information Management Association – Facebook, LinkedIn

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