Information Technology

Which pathways are offered?

  • Game Design and Programming—This pathway prepares students to create design specifications and integrate art and sound, translating it all into a playable game. This requires knowledge of computer operating systems, programming and markup languages (JAVA, Python, C++, HTML5/CSS), and software development.
  • Networking and Security—This pathway prepares students to design, maintain, install, analyze, and manage network systems. Successful establishment and maintenance of IT infrastructure and security are critical for all businesses/organizations.
  • Web and Digital Communication—This pathway prepares students to create, design, and produce interactive multimedia products and services, including development of digitally generated or computer-enhanced media, used in business, training, entertainment, communications, and marketing.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Technician
  • Systems Support Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • 3D Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Web Designer

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Software Developer—$105,590/year
  • Computer Programmer—$86,550/year
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager—$146,360/year
  • 3D Animator—$75,270/year
  • Graphic Designer—$52,110/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 10, 2020.

Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)
  • Certiport Game Design Certification
  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Certification—Web Authoring Using Adobe Dreamweaver
  • ACA—Graphic Design and Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator
  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Computer Networking Fundamentals Exam