As innumerable forms of information technology (IT) embed themselves deeper and deeper into our culture and global economy, the demand for people able to operate, manage, repair, and troubleshoot our IT only grows. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for computer network, systems, and database administrators is projected to increase 12 percent between 2012 and 2022.
According to Indeed.com, which tracks job market trends by the keywords employers use in employment ads, every one of the top 10 job trends are IT or network management related. Moreover, employers are ready to pay top dollar for qualified IT and network employees. According to Payscale.com, median salaries for employees in these fields range from $59, 000 to just over $92, 000.
Every year more people are choosing to pursue their degrees online because of the greater flexibility and affordability an online education provides. For anyone looking to earn an online IT degree, we’ve put together a list of 2016’s best online colleges and universities with IT programs and related degrees. Our IT degree rankings are based on several factors, including school reputation (rankings, awards, recognition), student satisfaction (retention and graduation rates), peer and instructional quality (student-teacher ratios and acceptance rates), and affordability (cost and financial aid). Only fully accredited colleges and universities were considered.
Founded as a technology training school, Herzing University has 50 years of experience preparing graduates for leading careers with degrees in technology. Learn from faculty who have the credentials and experience to prepare you for exciting careers in computer science, software development, networking and security, drafting, electronics, and technology management. Our hands-on coursework, state-of-the-industry software, and equipment will provide you with the right skills for long-term career success.
Take your education to the next level with a specialization in Information Systems added to your online MBA degree from the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. Combine major course credits in Business Administration with nine credits in Information Systems for more specialized degree with added value. The Information system specialization prepares you for the information technology industry while you explore such topics as database management, essential business software, information processing, and systems development.
Capella University’s online programs in information technology include bachelor’s degrees in general information technology, health information technology, and information assurance and security. The school also offers minors in fields related to IT, such as data analytics, data management, network technology, and system development. Students can transfer up to 135 credits towards their degree, and each academic quarter lasts three months, with a three-week break in between quarters.
Kaplan offers an online associate’s degree in IT, as well as online bachelor’s degrees in network security, healthcare IT, and IT management. The university also offers a range of certificates in IT categories and a master of science in IT with concentrations in business intelligence, project management and information security and assurance. Each degree is designed to ensure students are engaged and prepared to maximize their skills in their chosen IT career. The Kaplan University School of IT has been validated by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
American Intercontinental offers an online Bachelor of Science in IT designed to provide students with the technical skills needed to succeed in the field, as well as a master’s degree in IT for further specialization in the field. The program also provides a strong understanding of key managerial and organizational concepts. The bachelor’s program offers four specialization options, including digital investigations and network administration. With the master’s program, students have two specialization options: IT project management and information assurance and security.
Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management is designed as a completion program for graduates of associate of science programs in computer-related fields. It prepares computer technicians as information technology professionals, supervisors or managers.