What Will I Learn?
Do you find yourself spending endless hours exploring "behind the scenes" of your computer programs? Are you interested in knowing how those programs work and interact? Studying information technology prepates you for a variety of entry-level positions that will allow you to do just that.
While many programs are simple and take only a few days to write, others like computer operating systems can take a year or more to complete.*
What Is The Occupational Outlook?
As a graduate of HCC's IT program, you'll have a variety of options available to you. You may seek immediate employment or continue your education in a bachelor's degree program. Four-year degree options include programs such as computer science, information technology, digital media and management information systems.
The outlook for employment in the IT field is expected to rise. In May 2012, the median annual wage of computer programmers was $74,280 and $79,680 for computer systems analysts.*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
Your HCC Options
1. Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:
If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a computer science major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer preparation program is the path for you.
If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a computer science major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Science (AS) transfer preparation program is the path for you.
2. Earn an Associate in Applied Science:
The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Information Technology gives you a minimum of three semesters with hands-on experience in high-level programming languages. You will learn Java and have the choice of selecting additional options from the programming language electives group. You'll learn to create application programs that follow standard techniques used throughout the business world. Courses cover multiple platforms including PCs, servers and mobile devices. In addition, you will learn to use and manage databases, operating systems and networks. As part of your program of study, you'll specialize in one of the following areas: Computer Science, Information Systems, Mobile Application Developer or Web Application Developer.
The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Information Technology prepares you for entry-level positions such as applications programmer, business programmer, user support/help desk or computer operator.