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Scholarships Available to P.I.T. Students

Getting a degree is essential in today’s workforce. If you want a career in business, computer science, or applied engineering, you will need the knowledge and skills required for those fields. For a great college with programs that will get you on track in an exciting industry, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is the place to go. We have hands-on training with instructors who specialize in the fields. You will gain experience and insight in the programs offered.

 

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One of the biggest challenges students face is how to pay for the costs of attending college (tuition, textbooks, fees, etc.). PIT is a private, non-profit college with several financial aid opportunities including scholarships. There are a number available that you can review with the P.I.T. Financial Aid staff. These scholarships can help you on your way to a new career.

The following scholarships are available to P.I.T. students. Click on the scholarship name for additional details.
Presidential Scholarship Program: Provides up to $1,000 for the first semester.

Trustee`s Scholarship: Provides supplemental scholarship of $2,000 for contiguous semesters in Associate Degree programs (except Allied Health).

Anthony and Mary Waltrich Scholarship: Provides up to $3,000 to Catholic HS graduates registered full-time in a degree program and involved in community service.

Margaret Kuo Scholarship: Provides one (1) full scholarship per academic year; three (3) additional scholarships for $3,000 per academic year.

Dr. Clarence R. Moll Scholarship: Provides up to $3,000 scholarship towards tuition for students registered at least half-time in a degree program.

Eugene A. Braun Scholarship: Provides five (5) supplemental scholarships per year of up to $500 for a 2nd year P.I.T. student majoring in Computer Science programs.

John Furey Scholarship: Provides one supplemental scholarship per year of up to $500 for a 2nd year P.I.T. student majoring in Computer Science programs.

P.I.T. Industry Supported Opportunity Grant: Provides up to 100% funding for tuition and textbooks for first-time degree students.

SPP High School Senior Scholarship: Provides a supplemental scholarship of $1,000 for one student per high school.

These awards and others can assist you in paying for college. P.I.T. wants its students to succeed and realizes that every little bit helps. It is challenging to pay for college, but education is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. The programs of study at P.I.T. are two years or less, taught by great instructors, and will provide you with the skills you need in the career you want. Contact the P.I.T. Financial Aid staff to see if you qualify for a scholarship.

Cyber-Security in 2014

As more people turn to the Internet for a variety of activities from online banking and bill-paying to connecting with friends and family, cyber security programs must evolve to keep pace with the increased demand for online services. Gone are the days where people connected to online activities through a desktop computer. Instead people connect to these and other online activities using wireless access capabilities on tablets, laptops, and smartphones. This increase in consumer demand for online-based services and activities has, inevitably, increased the exposure of confidential, sensitive, and personally identifying data to breaches and theft.

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Data breaches and theft of protected information is not a localized or restricted occurrence. During the holiday season in 2013, big-box retailer Target was the victim of data theft that potentially compromised millions of credit and debit card consumer accounts. Despite their use of cyber security programs such as encryption of valuable information and multi-layer security protocols, unwelcome intruders still managed to breach Target’s secure system. This type of data theft occurs on a global level and can affect any business, big or small, in any industry.

During the coming year, cyber security programs will most likely see advances in the technology used to encrypt and protect data. Developers and companies that offer security systems must make strides to stay ahead of the hackers and data thieves that attempt to intrude upon secure computing systems and networks, which is often a difficult task. The creation of more technologically savvy and complex data security systems is expected for 2014, as a potentially more secure barrier against network attacks and attempted breaches.

One area where developers of cyber security systems are expected to ramp up their efforts to create and maintain more secure programs is in the mobile sector. Smartphones are becoming less expensive and more companies are developing a variety of products which put Internet-enabled mobile devices into the hands of more people. Nearly everyone who owns a smartphone uses the Internet for some type of confidential data transaction, whether it is online banking, providing personal data in online enrollment forms, or making online purchases using credit or debit cards. The supply of secure systems for online transactions must keep up with the demand for making those transactions or there could be potentially disastrous consequences for numerous companies who provide Internet-based activities and applications.

Cyber security programs should also see more activity in the area of providing protection for outdated or technologically “obsolete” software, platforms, and operating systems. While some programs like certain versions of Java or Windows XP are no longer supported by their makers, countless consumers are still using them as part of their daily computing activities. Lack of support for these programs means that security updates are no longer developed or implemented, leaving unsupported programs vulnerable to attacks by intruders.

While there may be many changes to the landscape of cyber security programs in 2014, it will likely fall short of the mark when it comes to creating and implementing a system that is unable to be breached. Hackers and data thieves are often just as technologically advanced as those who are attempting to thwart their efforts to cause chaos and destruction which means that the field of cyber security will likely always be played upon a constantly changing battlefield in a never-ending war.

A degree in Computer Science from P.I.T. can be a great start for you if the field of cyber security interests you. Click here for more information about P.I.T.’s Computer Science program.

The Therapy Review

February 2014 edition

P.I.T. has seen some new innovations as the Spring I semester moves into full swing. The college now offers e-PIT Blended Learning through use of an online platform that is incorporated into classes held on campus. Check the college course catalog if you are interested in taking one of these courses.

Did you know?

The library now has an online database available with physical therapy resources. To remotely access the library, follow this link: https://my.pit.edu/Academic-Resources/LibraryOnline.aspx

Once you are on the library home page, select AccessPhysiotherapy.

Reminders

Your academic advisor is determined by your cohort section. Those in Cohort Section F should contact Dr. LaVonne Couch at lcouch@pit.eduand those in Cohort Section G should contact Mr. Chuck Hewlings at chewlings@pit.edu. If you are uncertain, please email either instructor for clarification.

The PTA Program has its own email address. If you have friends, family or employers who have questions about the program, please refer them to PTAProgram@pit.edu and a faculty member will respond.

And don’t forget, being a student has its perks! You can receive a limited free membership to Amazon Prime for being a student. Go to http://www.amazon.com/student for details.

www.JourneyEd.com and www.academicsuperstore.com (powered by JourneyEd) are marketplaces that issues steep discounts on software, hardware, games and much more.

Regal Theaters offer up to 25% discounts on selected shows and dates.

Subway offers a 10% discount.

And always inquire at retail stores like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, J Crew, and the Limited about discounts – with a valid student ID card.

PTA Program update

In December 2013, P.I.T. received notification that the Application for Candidacy (AFC) sent to CAPTE was deemed bona fides. This moved the program forward and allowed P.I.T. to proceed to the next step required to achieve accreditation.

On February 12-14, 2014, PIT hosted an on-site reviewer from CAPTE. The reviewer was able to meet with the PTA Program faculty, members of the program advisory board, licensed clinicians who have contracted with P.I.T. to be clinical instructors, and the leaders and administrators of the college.

Chuck and LaVonne will await the final summary report from the reviewer and then continue the process by providing an institutional response to the report.

CAPTE will meet at the end of April 2014 to review all of the submitted information and determine when P.I.T. may initiate the technical phase of a PTA program.

The P.I.T. accreditation status statement remains the mandatory minimum language required by CAPTE until a candidacy decision has been received (in April 2014):

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

 

The process for program accreditation

(Reprinted from the July 2013 edition of the Therapy Review)

There are many steps involved in the process of obtaining CAPTE accreditation.

Submitting an application for candidacy (AFC) is just one step in the process of accreditation. Some of the most important steps include:

  • the hiring of a Program Director,
  • preparation of the curriculum,
  • hiring an Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education (ACCE),
  • obtaining and contracting with clinical sites,
  • preparation of and the submission of the AFC,
  • awaiting CAPTE determination of the quality of the AFC,
  • the modification of the AFC as requested by CAPTE,
  • an on-site visit by a CAPTE reviewer,
  • CAPTE reviewing report and granting candidacy status,
  • starting the technical portion of the program,
  • continued preparation of the self-study report to CAPTE,
  • students completing final clinical education courses,
  • another on-site visit,
  • the CAPTE decision of accreditation at their Spring meeting, and finally,
  • Graduation!

 

The faculty is working in conjunction with the Commission, our advisory board and clinical sites and instructors and a qualified consultant to ensure a viable program for many years to come!

 

College Students and Online Courses

According to the 2013 Freshman Survey (conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles’ Cooperative Institutional Research Program), nearly 70% of entering college freshmen use online instructional materials on their own time, while less than 42% used them as a high school class assignment.

online learning elearning program media paThe surprising item from this survey is that less than one in ten students (2013 freshmen) said that there is a “very good chance” that they will enroll in a fully online course. In fact the number of students attending private colleges is even lower, only 3% expect to enroll in a fully online course.

Staff at the Cooperative Institutional Research Program attributes this lack of interest in fully online courses to the fact that traditional age students were surveyed and they are expecting a “traditional college experience.” Students still expect to have face-to-face interaction in a brick-and-mortar classroom with their faculty.

This expectation is where a blended course can become an option for students. A blended course is a combination of a face-to-face course and an online course – thus a “blended course.” Students get to experience the best of both worlds – the opportunity to meet in person with their faculty and classmates AND also “meet” online at a time that is convenient to their personal schedules. These courses can be particularly useful to working students, parent students, and working-parent students who have ever shifting schedules.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology offers students the opportunity to take courses that offer several learning formats. Students can choose to attend traditional courses, blended courses (a combination of traditional and online), internships, externships, and co-ops. Many of the traditional courses also include experiential learning, or hands-on learning, to provide you with real life experience.

For more information about all of P.I.T.’s programs of study, click here.

For more information about P.I.T.’s eLearning courses, click e-PIT.

 

Best Quotes from Steve Jobs and How to Incorporate Their Meaning into Your Work Life

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

With that legendary challenge, Steve Jobs convinced a reluctant John Sculley to join Apple as CEO, a move that would increase Apple’s sales ten times over. Although somewhat notoriously difficult to work with, Steve Jobs possessed a special genius and ambition that left a legacy filled with lessons that can be applied to any career.

“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”Steve Jobs Speaking

It’s exceedingly important that you always put effort into every detail of your work. It’s better to do beautiful work all the way through than it is to only do things halfway and hope no one notices the flaws. Even if it feels like no one will notice, you’ll always know that you did the best work possible. Not only does it increase your worth at work, it improves your feeling of self-worth and confidence as well.

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

While you’re doing excellent work, don’t lose track of where you’re going. It’s good to take some time now and then to evaluate how far you’ve come, but don’t forget where you’re going next.

“The hardest thing when you think about focusing – you think focusing is about saying ‘Yes.’ No. Focusing is about saying ’No.’ And when you say ’No,’ you piss off people.”

Always remember that you have limits, and when it comes down to deciding what you can do and what you can’t, choose what’s most important to you. Work hard and do as much you can in your job but also mind your limits and don’t let yourself get burnt out for nothing.

“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.”

“That’s been one of my mantras: focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

It can be all too easy to get carried away with planning to the point where you start to feel stressed out. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by where you want to go with your career. Trim everything down to the simplest form, and don’t feel like you have to elaborate every detail before you get somewhere.

“If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.”

When you pursue work that really means something to you, you can accomplish anything. Believe in what you do, and don’t be afraid to put in extra work to get where you want to go.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

So, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” -Steve Jobs

How to Be Successful in E-Learning Classes

online learning elearning programE-learning is an online option to continue one’s education, and it can be either totally online or partially online (which is called blended learning).  These classes are available through colleges and universities such as the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.  E-Learning classwork is available to students at any time through computers, laptops, and tablets – even smartphones!  When students enroll in e-learning programs, they watch online lectures at their own pace and complete their coursework away from the campus.

At P.I.T., students can combine online education with classroom instruction in our e-PIT Blended Learning courses.  Our e-PIT Blended Learning classes offer the best of both worlds—online lectures & assignments, and face-to-face meetings with instructors.

ePIT Courses & Blended Learning

E-Learning was found to be 11% more effective than classroom training because it offers tutorials, real time communication, and interactive exercises. Furthermore, a study at MIT demonstrated that students who are taught through online video lectures (also known as a flipped classroom approach) did nearly twice as well as peers taught via traditional lectures.  Results are even more impressive when researchers examined a blended learning environment.  Students tend to learn better when they have the resources at home that will assist them in reviewing their work, and have the opportunity to interact with their professors in class.

Will ePIT Courses & Blended Learning Work for Me?

Consider the following scenarios:

  • You have a job, but need additional academic classes to move forward in your line of work. This is often necessary in the vast field covered by Applied Engineering.
  • You may have a job that allows you time to study online or prepare class papers during your lunch time or after work.
  • You have a job where the hours often vary and you need flexibility to complete college-level courses.
  • You are a stay-at-home parent who is preparing to re-enter the job market and need updated information and training for business and technology positions

The number one predictor of success in an ePIT course is motivation.  If you are motivated, you will succeed.  Other aspects that will predict your success include:  being organized, being mature, and being able to manage one’s time.  If this sounds like you, then an ePIT course would be a perfect opportunity to gain college credit while attending classes part-time.

The Blended Learning Class

E-learning often includes online classes or webinars with the instructor originating from any location using modern communications technology. Students can log on from different locations, and can watch and participate in classes on their own time schedule. This information can be stored and accessed at another time by students who could not attend the webinar, or who want to review it in order to study.

At P.I.T., students attend a class one day a week, and then complete the rest of their work at their convenience.  Classroom time is used for classroom discussions, quizzes, and in-class activities.

Tips for Being a Successful E-Learning Student

Concentrating on the online portion of the class is vital.  You should avoid distractions, watch or complete the online activities when you feel most awake, and stay organized!

The best part of E-Learning is being able take breaks when you feel overloaded with information.  You can work at your own pace, and slow down if the information is especially complicated.  Alternatively, if you catch on quickly, you can accelerate the pace to suit your learning style.  E-Learning allows you to control how you learn and when you learn.

The e-PIT webpage offers information about the online opportunities available from the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. Associate degrees and career certificates are available in many areas including health care, technology, and applied engineering.

 

What are Electronic Health Records and What Jobs are Available?

About Electronic Health Records

With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians and healthcare institutions are now required to maintain our medical records in electronic format rather than on paper. Many practices were already doing this, but the ACA now requires it.

electronic health records programsAn electronic health record (EHR) is the official record of information and events related to your medical care. By retaining these records in electronic format, they are more likely to be complete, assist your physician to provide you with better care, and be easily shared between multiple heath care settings as required. The very fact of improved sharing of medical information can lead to:

  • improved healthcare coordination between healthcare providers including: physicians, hospitals, specialized treatment sites, home care, residential care, hospice care, etc.,
    • instantaneous communication,
    • a single well-organized record of complete medical history (a timeline of health history – immunizations, illnesses, surgeries, etc.),
    • reminders of important facts about the patient that can affect care (ex. patient is claustrophobic)
    • improved healthcare quality,
      • eliminate missed patient care
      • eliminate duplicated patient care (ex. eliminate duplication of tests)
      • greater engagement of patients and families in care and care decisions,
      • safety and efficiency of care,
      • improved preventative services,
        • automatic reminders to patients for testing, immunizations, etc.,
        • assists in developing a long-term care plan for the patient,
        • continuing confidentiality and privacy of the information contained in the EHR.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that despite concerns regarding the initial costs of converting from paper records to EHR systems, in the long term health care expenses with be reduced across the board by this change. To assist with the costs of these conversions, the federal government is providing an incentive program to assist healthcare providers with the expense.

Physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other healthcare agencies now need staff properly trained to input and complete their patients electronic health records while still maintaining the confidentiality and privacy of the patient. To make your start down this career path, consider obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Health Records at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

What Jobs or Careers are Related to Electronic Health Records?

All around us people are talking about the explosion of new job and career opportunities that are opening up because of the advent of Electronic Health Records (EHR). The healthcare field is now required to use EHR instead of paper health records and this has created massive opportunities across the country.

The first step to attaining a position in Electronic Health Records is to obtain an Associates’ Degree in Electronic Health Records. Fortunately for you, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology now offers the program of study at the Media, PA campus.

Positions related to EHR can be found in a wide variety of healthcare facilities, including: single physician offices, group medical practices, hospitals, medical centers, clinics, specialized care centers, senior living communities, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), etc. Most of these positions are the standard 40-hour a week. Some large organizations may need to staff two or more shifts, so evening or night hours could be possible in some locations.

Entry level positions generally include those titled Medical Records Technician or Heath Information Technician. Depending on the size of the office you are employed by, you may have the opportunity to be promoted to a Section or Shift Supervisor.

If you are working in a single physician office or even a group medical practice, you may have to pursue a position at a larger organization in order to find promotion opportunities. Smaller organizations will provide raises, but increases in responsibility may not be available just because of the size of the organization. Additional education will open more possible positions to you (and your employer may be willing to help pay some of the cost). Medical Records Technicians often pursue a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding to increase their employment options.

With experience, time, and additional education (especially in Management or Healthcare Management), you will have the opportunity to be promoted to a Records Manager position. Additional positions that may become available to you include: Medical Records Administrator, Director of the Medical Records Department, or even other administrative positions.

One recent quick job search for Medical Records Technician resulted in over 15,000 positions nationwide. The jobs are out there. You just need to decide to get started. Click here for more information about P.I.T.’s Associates’ Degree in Electronic Health Records.

Midterm Study Tips

When midterm exams are looming, it’s all too easy to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. Many students find that by applying a few good study tips to their schedule, they perform better on their exams and experience less stress.

  1. Start by creating a study schedule. A planner, whether digital (your phone probably has a calendar) or on paper, is an extremely helpful tool. Begin by filling in your class schedule and add in project details and deadlines so nothing important is forgotten.
  2. Create an outline of what you need to study to prepare for each exam, and include all the details for assignments and projects.
  3. Figure out the time of day when you focus and think best and reserve it for studying.
  4. Take notes in all of your classes. Not only will it help you understand the topic better, it also improves how well you remember everything.  People learn in 3 ways:  by listening, by watching/reading, and by writing things down.  Note taking incorporates all three of these methods, which will enhance your ability to remember information.  Rewriting your notes is also very helpful.
  5. Your room is probably not the best place to do the majority of your studying, particularly if you live with friends or family. When choosing a location to study, make sure it’s a place where you can focus. There isn’t one ideal location that’s best for everyone; preferred studying environments vary from person to person. Whether it’s a library or a coffee shop or somewhere else entirely, just make sure it’s a location where you can be as productive as possible.
  6. If studying in your room is unavoidable, create a study corner or zone, dedicated just that single purpose. Remove any distractions, making sure there that you have good lighting to prevent eye strain.  Reserve this spot exclusively for studying.
  7. Join a study group for difficult subjects. You can share ideas, exchange notes, get help understanding concepts, and share other effective study tips with each other. Identify students who are serious about studying, are focused, and who are intelligent, not just because they are cute.
  8. Take regular breaks from studying.  This will help you focus better during the times you sit down to study. Choose activities that will provide a change of pace and will help you relax.  Make sure that some of your breaks also include physical activity. Many students find that running or yoga not only help them stay fit, but also help relieve stress. business and information technology programs
  9. Eating well and getting plenty of sleep are also extremely helpful habits to pick up if you want to get the most from your studying.  Instead of a Monster Energy drink, try a protein bar and fruit.  It will balance your blood sugar better and will provide you the energy you need to get through your day.
  10. Breathe deeply and slowly during the exams.  Students who suffer from test phobias find that deep breathing exercises can also reduce the panic and anxiety.  When you take deep breaths, your brain gets my oxygen which makes your brain work better!

A little preparation goes a long way, so start preparing for your midterm exams as soon as possible to fully enjoy the benefits of a better education.

 

How Big Data is Changing the Role of IT for Businesses

Have you ever wondered why so many stores offer loyalty cards or how your bank knows what offer to show you on the ATM screen while you’re waiting for the cash to come out? Do the stories of companies offering great customer service after someone posts a negative message on Twitter make you go “hmmm?” If so, you’re wondering about one of the biggest trends in modern business – Big Data.

Big Data refers to business programs that involve storing, accessing and analyzing large quantities of data to gain insight. While Big Data is frequently used as a marketing tool due to its ability to aggregate purchase data along with responsebusiness and information technology programs rates to campaigns, marketing is far from the only way that companies are using their stores of data to do business differently. Here are some examples of real world business programs, culled from a recent Wall Street Journal article on Big Data:

  • A hotel chain used data from over 70 million members of its loyalty program to redesign its marketing campaigns. Instead of sending out only a handful of personalized messages, it used the data to create smaller groups of members who received more specific marketing pitches. By going from an average of around ten unique messages to over 1,500, it increased responses to its internal marketing by 35 percent.
  • A gaming chain analyzed how its employees were using their health insurance. It found that certain locations had higher rates of emergency room usage while others had workers that were more likely to go to less expensive urgent care facilities. Based on the survey, it launched awareness campaigns at ER-heavy locations to remind workers that they and their families can use urgent care instead of waiting at the ER. As a result, urgent care utilization increased by over 50 percent.
  • An automobile manufacturer chose to analyze posts on websites to determine if a new feature was desirable or not, saving the expense of a traditional market research study.
  • A delivery service expanded its data collection business programs to include sensors in delivery vehicles. By tracking speeds, GPS locations, and the amount of time that the vehicles spent in reverse and using that data to better train drivers, the company was able to save over 8 million gallons of fuel in one year.

Job Opportunities from Big Data-based Business Programs

Big Data is creating a whole new field of computing, which requires new hiring. While the world of Big Data frequently includes exotic technologies like the cloud or strangely named software packages like Hadoop, it is still a computing venture. In a survey covered in CIO Magazine, the hottest skills weren’t the advanced ones that are specifically tied to Big Data. Instead, companies expressed that they needed people with fundamental IT capabilities to maintain their infrastructure.

Storage experts, network engineers and server administrators are all becoming even more important because of Big Data. After all, without them, there’s no place to store or to process the big piles of data that these business programs amass. The Computer Science program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is a great place to get started. Additional information on the program is available at our website.

A Digital World: Why a Career in Computer Science Will Prepare You for the Future

computer science degreeAnybody who has been alive for the past decade has surely noticed the extreme, unprecedented transformations that have taken place in the technological world, and how those changes have altered society in ways that are both subtle and immense. Recent technological events manifest themselves in obvious ways: the current ubiquity of smartphones, the meteoric rise of tablet computers, the supplanting of many areas of physical media – from books and newspapers to compact discs and DVDs – by streaming media from the internet or the “cloud.” Of course, these changes are far from over.

It is impossible for anyone to accurately predict where technology is heading over the coming decades, but two things are certain:

  1. Technology will continue to evolve at a rapid rate, and
  2. New technology will continue to be computer based.

Because of these certainties, a computer science career is a way to ensure a lucrative, secure, and exciting career while also making your mark by working at the very cutting edge of technology that is continuing to change the world.

A Career in Computer Science

To some, the term “computer science” might sound kind of restrictive; however the range of applications of computer science is actually very expansive and encompasses a wide range of job options. Essentially, any organization that relies on computer technology needs people with extensive computer science expertise in order to keep their operations running well. The types of organizations include financial institutions, medical facilities, large corporations of all types, and of course, tech-oriented companies including computer, software, and video game developers.

The Importance of a Computer Science Degree

Because people with this knowledge and capability are so important to these companies, both placement and starting salaries for graduates with computer science degrees are excellent in comparison with other degrees and in general.

For those interested in a degree that will bring with it that rare balance of wide choice of jobs – both in field and geography – as well as a starting salary that is more than comfortable, a computer science degree is an ideal choice. The skill set that students acquire while earning this degree is so valuable to companies that job security and satisfying computer science career advancements are also likely.

Staying at the Cutting Edge

Of course, there is more to a career choice than just income and advancement potential. While these things are important, a lack of job satisfaction can often deflate the potential fulfillment of even a high-paying job. With a computer science degree, there is not only a vast choice of career possibilities, but the prospective role that somebody with these skills has to play at any given organization is invariably important. In many cases, a computer science degree is just the beginning of a computer science career that will not only be lucrative but also exciting in myriad ways as those in the computer field continue to discover and create ways to evolve and influence the technological universe and the way the world operates.

The Computer Science program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is a great place to get started on your career in this field. Additional information on the program is available at our website.