Communication and Information Technology

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Do you like to gather information and analyze it?
Can you ask difficult questions and report only facts?
Are you able to accept criticism and use it as an improvement tool for yourself?
Do you like working with computers, electronics or making videos?

 

What it takes:

  • Creativity.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Good written and verbal skills.
  • Ability to adapt and react quickly.
  • Ability to multi-task.

 

Look around you...

From news and radio reporting to sportscasting, to web design and computer security, careers in Communication and Information Technology span many different fields. Many positions are highly visible to the public. However, the men and women who produce, edit and secure aspects of Communication and Information Technology, have vital, behind-the-scenes roles.

If you are ready for a fast-paced, high-tech career, Communication and Information Technology might be the career choice for you. After successfully completing high school, you will need additional postsecondary training and education. Occasionally, having experience and certifications is enough to do certain jobs, such as Web Developer, but most employers prefer to hire those with a degree. Camera Operators, Radio Disk Jockeys and some Sound Engineering positions can receive the necessary training from a technical or community college. Most other careers in Communication and Information Technology require a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Sometimes, having an advanced degree for a specific position, such as Computer Systems Analysts, would be beneficial.

 

Career Spotlight

Computer and Information Systems Manager

Computer and Information Systems Managers may be referred to also as: Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Systems Director (IS Director), Data Processing Manager. Each job title may have differing roles or responsibilities within their employer, however, a general description would include coordinating and directing a company’s computer related activities. They manage computer backup, security and user help systems and manage electronic data.

If you are able to recognize and process lots of detail, keep focus, and enjoy working with computers, a career as Computer and Information Systems Manager may be for you! A bachelor’s degree in computer or information science from an accredited postsecondary institution is required. Work related experience and possible certification may be needed in programs such as, C, HTML and JavaScript. A master’s degree in business administration may be beneficial.

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Careers in Communication & Information Technology

  • Advertising Sales
  • Audio & Visual Broadcaster
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Broadcast News Analyst
  • Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Independent Live-stream Journalist
  • Interpreter/Translator Broadcast
  • News Anchor
  • Conflict Correspondent
  • Camera Operator
  • Communications Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Journalist, Reporter & Correspondent
  • Meteorologist
  • Multimedia Artist & Animator
  • Network Systems Analyst
  • Photographer/ Photojournalist
  • Database Administrator
  • Printing Technology Technician
  • Producer, Director
  • Radio Disk Jockey
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Software Developer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sports Anchor
  • Tape Editor
  • Videographer
  • Web Coordinator
  • Web Developer & Designer
  • Writer, Author, Blogger

For more information:

Janet Ormond
Chair, Central AlabamaWorks
Industry Training Center
1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334.745.6437 ext. 5521
jormond@centralalabamaworks.com