Technology is an integral part of how we live and work each day. This has created remarkable demand for professionals who understand how the technology works, how to keep it running and secure and how it can be used to improve all aspects of life and business.

Information technology (IT) is a booming field that continues to grow in importance. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2020 to 2030.”

Similarly, the World Economic Forum in a 2020 report noted that cloud computing, big data and e-commerce remain “high priorities for business leaders.” In a survey of business leaders for the report, the organization also noted that companies were most likely to adopt jobs in the following areas by 2025:

  • Encryption and cybersecurity (29 percent)
  • Cloud computing (17 percent of companies surveyed)
  • Blockchain (11 percent)
  • Humanoid robots (11 percent)
  • Non-humanoid robots such as drones and for industrial automation (10 percent)
  • 3D and 4D printing and modelling (10 percent)
  • Internet of Things and connected devices (9 percent)
  • Artificial intelligence (8 percent)

The survey data represents a remarkable array of technologies, most of which are more recent developments in IT. As their usage and application evolve, businesses may need more trained employees who understand not just how these technologies work but how they can be applied to drive innovation and profit.


Building a Technology Foundation at University of Phoenix

Information technology covers many subspecialties from desktop support to software development. Despite the range of disciplines within IT, there are fundamental skills that apply across the profession. And as new fields emerge, this foundation is critical given the speed at which technologies continue to change.

Kevin Meylor, vice president of application engineering at University of Phoenix, noted that the most important skill is to have the ability to learn quickly and put new technologies in place fast.

Meylor explained that the agility needed today goes beyond a growth mindset. It’s about building muscle memory to learn something new and apply it for the benefit of an organization or a customer. He sees that need clearly within two in-demand IT sectors: cloud computing and coding.

The cloud is a broadly defined term that refers to the use of remotely stored applications, data and operating systems that allow users to access information and tools remotely no matter where they are. For example, consider how limited businesses would have been without access to cloud-based technologies like Zoom and Microsoft Teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cloud services are multiplying rapidly. That’s good news for businesses on the one hand because on-premise data centers require massive amounts of space and large expenses for power and cooling. Moving those resources to the cloud saves considerably. However, with growing demand for cloud computing services, organizations that use and offer those services alike need capable, reliable staff to keep systems accessible and safe.

Coding is another critical skill used to not only develop software but also to prevent and fix problems. Coding solutions can fix bugs in software or add additional protection to combat emerging cybersecurity issues. 


Personality Needed with Programming

Success in an IT career can require both technical understanding as well as the means to communicate effectively. While technologies can be taught, it’s a bit harder to teach the necessary soft skills. In addition, IT professionals need to be skilled at collaboration and documentation. These individuals work with colleagues across business units and at all levels of an organization to roll out new systems and identify issues.

University of Phoenix offers IT degree programs that include a balance of core technology skills and general education classes. This helps students learn industry techniques as well as how to think critically and learn effectively. 

The University offers a variety of programs at different levels of higher education to meet student needs. Associate degree programs include IT and cybersecurity. Bachelor’s degree programs span computer science, cybersecurity, information technology and security management. Working professionals can also take advantage of many different certificate programs available including software development, networking, cloud computing, cyber and network defense, IT forensics and information assurance and security.

For more advanced learners, University of Phoenix offers a master’s degree in information systems and graduate-level certificate programs in business analytics and cybersecurity. There are also professional development courses to keep IT professionals abreast of new technologies and solutions.

The extensive array of courses and degree programs reflects the University’s aim to provide practical programs designed to address industry needs while meeting students wherever they are in their career journey. Academic advisors are also available to help students identify the right path for their career goals with consideration of their previous work experience. Given the important role IT will continue to play, this is an incredible time to consider higher education opportunities in any number of technology fields.


About University of Phoenix

Founded in 1976, University of Phoenix offers degree programs, courses and certificates geared toward adult learners. Using a primarily online platform, the University provides flexible start dates and resources for adults looking to expand their educational pursuits while managing their busy professional and personal schedules. Courses are taught by faculty members with real-world experience to help students learn skills that can be applied within the workforce. For more information, visit the University of Phoenix website.