Information Technology (IT) and System Administration is the profession that has responsibility for all of the computers and networks for an organization. Everyone requires ITs, from high-tech firms such as IBM, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Oracle, or Google, Amazon and Facebook to all of the major companies in Finance, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Transportation, Publishing, Insurance, and Energy. Computers and networks are at the nerve center for every major enterprise, and the ITs are responsible for these systems.
The need for skilled ITs is growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy; today there are over 200,000 job openings, a million new positions are projected to be created in the next ten years. Good ITs are also hard to find, explaining why a good IT earns, on average, more than a recent Stanford graduate; why the average salary of an IT is $74,000; why an average IT manager earns $135,000. And why those who really know what they are doing are worth their weight in gold.
IT is also very rewarding. If you know what you’re doing, these computer systems and networks are amazingly powerful, amazingly capable. From your desk you can reach around the world, fixing computers behind locked doors in Tokyo, Singapore or Paris.
And so, it isn’t surprising that students in their first day or two, after working with the Digital Tutor, tackling their first few assignments, say,
“Wow, is this what ITs do? This is fun!”
We are also partnering with industry leaders, companies that have a focus on hiring Veterans, and who have a serious need for high-quality ITs. We are working with them to ensure our students graduate with the experience and skills these companies need.. They place a premium on experience, on being able to handle real-world problems, on being able to think about problems and quickly figure out the solutions—not merely to remember facts or something they read. This is what our school is all about.
We want to deliver graduates our corporate partners will hire in a heartbeat—to make the step from graduation to employment very, very small.