As the world becomes increasingly computerized, the need for tech support grows with it. Because of this, IT training is now a major industry in itself and such education is easier to get than ever before.
WHAT IS IT?
Information technology is what the communications network businesses and people rely on to stay in touch. It can be as simple as a telephone system in a building or as complex as the worldwide Internet.
For most people, IT relates directly to their computer and the network it connects to. IT also involves the programs used on the network. Internet browsers are a common component of IT. Operating systems like Mac, Windows, Linux and others are of the foundation on which the IT is built.
WHERE TO GET TRAINED
There are many options for learning about information technology work. For people 30 and under, IT education started in high school with various computer classes. For older people, their schooling likely began in college, tech school or continuing education classes.
After high school the options for more training are public, private and employer-sponsored. All three frequently offer online classes.
All public colleges and universities now offer IT classes. To get a degree in IT, a student will also receive education in a wide variety of other subjects which have little bearing on networking. Such general studies classes, like music and art, are designed to give students a broad and well-rounded education.
Technology colleges, often called Vo-Tech schools, do not offer the same kind of degree as a traditional college. Instead, the tech school concentrates on training a student in the field the student has entered. An IT degree from a tech school will have some English and math classes, but no history or art or similar classes. A tech school certification can be obtained in less time than a bachelor’s degree from a traditional college.
Private schools can be either a traditional college or a tech school. The major difference between private and public is the tuition will typically be higher than a public institution. Private schools are an option many people choose because of more flexible classes schedules and convenience.
Keeping up with the changes in technology is essential. Software and hardware is constantly being updated. Technicians must be able to work on and with the new iterations. Continuing education classes can be offered through company, by a software or hardware company or by one of the traditional education facilities.
Sometimes continuing education is done by getting the newest products and comparing them to older versions. By learning what is new, an information tech specialist can keep his skills current.
Every sector of the business world relies on the ability to communicate. The Internet has now linked offices on opposite sides of the globe. An IT pro can work in just about any industry or business.
Finance, as evidenced by the computerization of Wall Street, is one area firmly linked to IT. Even heavy manufacturing relies on communications to place, receive and ship orders for raw supplies and finished products. Someone trained in IT who also has some on-the-job experience can go into business for himself providing tech support as a service to a wide variety of businesses.