What skills do you need to succeed in the field of Information Technology (IT)? Do you really need a bachelor’s degree in computer science? Or is work experience enough? Is your degree still valid 10 years down the road? What about industry-recognized certifications?

At RochesterWorks! we have found that seasoned career counselors and even experienced IT professionals struggle to answer these questions. So can you ask a college admissions advisor for help? One local career college claims that their associate’s degree in computer information science—programming will qualify you for a job as a database administrator. However, according to survey results published on www.onetonline.org, 60% of respondents working in this occupation have a bachelor’s degree.

Perhaps a trusted source of labor market information like O*NET Online can guide you in the right direction. Unfortunately, O*NET’s job classifications do not always correspond to an employer’s description of the job. For example, just what is a computer user support specialist? Does anyone really have such a job title?

To help clear up some of the confusion, the RochesterWorks! Career Center has scheduled an IT Careers Panel during the month of March. We look forward to learning from local employers and other experts what it takes to get hired and advance in the field.

For more information and to register click here.

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