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Information
Technology (IT)
Program

Accelerate your career in the fast-growing field of IT

Information Technology Program Overview

In the “Information Age,” technology has drastically changed the healthcare landscape. It has also created a demand for Information Technology professionals who can solve security issues and fix hardware or software problems. Due to the dynamic nature of their work, IT professionals tend to enjoy critical thinking, problem solving, and fast growth.

The IT program at Unitek College teaches the basics of computer technology, including the support and security of networks. This program is taught by industry experts and combines in-class instruction with hands-on exercises and a supervised externship. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to obtain positions in Computer System Support. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology occupations are expected to create 557,100 new jobs.

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What you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study information technology?

To put it simply, technology is the future. Almost every industry and every type of job will depend on it in some way. Businesses will always need IT professionals to ensure their networks run smoothly. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has predicted that employment of computer and information technology occupations will grow 13 percent by 2026. These occupations are projected to create about 557,100 new jobs alone. The demand stems from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

What is a diploma in information technology?

In an IT diploma program, students learn the fundamentals of computer technology. They primarily gain the necessary skills to manage and support networks. They also learn how to solve desktop PC hardware and software issues. Most importantly, the program prepares students for entry-level positions in the IT field. These types of programs can help you build a foundation for the future.

What jobs can you get with a diploma in information technology?

There are a number of jobs you can find in various industries. They tend to fall under two broad categories: Network Support and Computer User Support. Jobs include Network Specialist, User Support Technician, Computer User Support Specialist, Helpdesk Technician, and Desktop Support Technician.

What is the salary of an IT specialist?

There are a number of positions that might fall under Information Technology  Specialist. In 2018, though, computer network support specialists reportedly earned a median annual wage of $62,770. The average salary of all computer occupations was approximately $86,320. The BLS has estimated that the top 10 percent earned more than $105,770.

What courses are required for the IT program?

At Unitek, aspiring IT professionals will take courses that cover these topics: Office Suite Support, Basic Networking Essentials, System Security, Windows Desktop Essentials, Windows Server Essentials, PC Hardware, and IT Externship.

How long is the IT program?

The IT program at Unitek can be completed in as little as 9 months. If you’re looking for a career change, this is an option that will allow you to pursue a new field without spending years in school.

How much is the IT program?

At Unitek College, student fees can vary depending on individual circumstances. A number of financial aid options are available to students at Unitek. For more information, please reach out to a friendly admissions representative.

Demand for IT Professionals

Employment of IT Support Specialists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations.1 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more IT support professionals will be needed as organizations continue to upgrade and expand their computer equipment and software.

IT Professional Duties and Responsibilities Include:

Our program will introduce you to the common tools and technologies IT professionals leverage to support computer users in today’s businesses. Your job responsibilities will vary depending on your job title and the size and type of company where you work. Here is a small sample of what you could expect to do:

Computer User Support Specialist / Helpdesk Technician / Desktop Support Technician:
  • Provide technical assistance to computer users
  • Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically
  • Provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems
  • Oversee the daily performance of computer systems
  • Set-up equipment for employee use, performing or ensuring proper installation of cables, operating systems, or appropriate software
Network Support Technician:
  • Test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems or segments of a network system
  • Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption
  • Identify the causes of networking problems and document network support activities
  • Configure security settings
  • Analyze network data to determine network usage or disk space availability

Enrollment Process

To enroll in the Unitek College IT Program, a prospective student must complete the following steps:

  • Career planning session and admissions interview
  • Submit proof of high school education or equivalent
  • Entrance assessment test
  • Admissions application
  • Enrollment agreement
  • Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid

Information Technology Campus Locations

Contact any of our campuses to learn more about how to become an Information Technology Professional or to enroll in the program.  Your future starts at Unitek College.



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