As organizations adapt to an increasingly digital business environment, demand for skilled IT professionals continues to grow. In fact, many of today’s most in-demand hard skills are tech-focused skills, such as cloud computing, mobile application development and UX design, according to a LinkedIn survey.
Whether you’re just beginning your technology career or looking to advance in the field, an IT education from Herzing can help you reach your career goals. With a unique focus on practical problem solving, management and leadership skills, our IT programs are designed to prepare you for success in today and tomorrow’s technology marketplace.
As a Herzing technology student, you can:
1. Access hands-on learning from anywhere
At Herzing, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the latest hardware and software. On-campus students will have access to technology labs equipped with state-of-the-industry technology, including Cisco routers and switches. Online students will have the ability to access these labs remotely and schedule time working with networking devices, as well as servers running virtualized solutions from Red Hat, VMware and many other leading software providers. All of these resources can be conveniently accessed via the web from any computer with a supported browser.
2. Prepare for some of the fastest-growing careers today
Computer and information technology is one of the fastest-growing career fields today, and is expected to add more than 550,000 new jobs through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Experts predict much of the future growth in IT will be driven by a greater emphasis on cloud computing, big data and cybersecurity. Our IT degree programs prepare students for a high-tech and high-demand career by combining theory with hands-on training in network administration, IT security, software development and telecommunications.
3. Earn industry-recognized certifications
In addition to earning your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to prepare for up to seven sought-after industry certifications. The cost for the MCP, Security+ and CCNA exams are included in your tuition, and you’ll also have access to discounted pricing on many more certifications from providers like CompTIA and Microsoft.
Industry-recognized certifications can be valuable differentiators for new IT professionals entering the workforce. According to a recent study from CompTIA, 91 percent of employers believe that IT certifications are a reliable predictor of a successful employee and can help candidates prove they have the knowledge and skills needed to get the job done.
4. Learn from experienced faculty
Many of our faculty currently work as professionals in the IT industry and they bring their real-world experience to the classroom. Many of our students appreciate that their instructors can offer real examples and use their personal technology experience to provide context for the concepts discussed in class.
5. Gain experience with cutting-edge software
While enrolled at Herzing, you’ll have access to a broad catalog of academically licensed software from Microsoft and VMware, at no additional cost. This allows you to apply the skills you learn in class to real-world scenarios, preparing you for the situations you’ll encounter as an IT professional.
6. Develop soft skills needed for career advancement
Like other career roles, today’s technology positions, particularly management and leadership roles, require soft skills like communication, collaboration, and customer service. Group work, presentations and capstone projects help our technology students cultivate these fundamental soft skills that are essential for career advancement.
7. Explore a wide range of technology disciplines
Some institutions focus on single technologies or languages, but as a Herzing IT student, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of technologies in your particular area of study. Our programs include coursework in vital areas such as cloud computing, virtualization, cybersecurity and data analytics – skills that can translate across industries and geographies. Additionally, all Herzing technology programs include foundational instruction in computer hardware, software and programming languages, so students are prepared to pursue a wide range of entry-level technology roles after graduation.
8. Choose from seven different technology majors
Whether you’re looking for a career in network and systems administration, cybersecurity, data analysis, mobile applications or software development, Herzing can help you expand your possibilities. We offer seven undergraduate technology majors.
Additionally, you can choose from six graduate concentrations through the MBA program, including Technology Management and Project Management. These concentrations empower you to customize your technology degree to fit your career goals.
9. Take advantage of dual credit
You can save time and money on earning your graduate degree through Herzing’s dual credit option. Students enrolled in a bachelor’s IT program can earn up to 12 credits toward their Herzing MBA as an undergraduate. An MBA is a wise investment that will provide you with the analytical, problem-solving, management and leadership skills to advance your IT career or start your own business.
10. Transfer credits to save time on your degree
We help students translate the learning they’ve gained outside the classroom into college credit, so they can maximize their time at Herzing. Many students obtain transfer credit from previous coursework and training, work experience, or military experience.
Interested in learning more? Explore our technology degree programs and find out how you get started on your career today.