Electronics and Computer Technology
According to the IEEE Computer Society, computers are used in almost every aspect of today’s life: in automobile engines, microwave ovens, video games, watches, telephones, desktops at home and work, mainframe computers in government and industry, and in supercomputers extending the frontiers of science and technology. The computer, network and Internet industries are the fastest growing segments of our economy and of the new millennium.
More than ever, there is a demand for a prepared work force with the scientific and technical training necessary to help American industry to maintain a competitive edge in the world market. Students who are interested in computer and network engineering technology can pursue a four-year bachelor=s degree or a two-year associate degree. Technologists with the bachelor=s degree may work creating scientific and engineering advances or producing high quality products and are more likely than the technician to take on a project-leadership role after a year or two of experience. A student with a two-year degree can enter industry as a member of an engineering team working with engineers, technologists and other engineering technicians. Technicians are often involved in the maintenance, repair, installation, industrial application, testing, trouble-shooting, sales and field service of computer and network systems. They are expected to keep up with the latest technological advancements. Typical job titles include: computer systems specialist, computer support specialist, computer maintenance technician, software engineering technician, installation technician, field engineer, field service representative, systems integrator and applications specialist, systems support technician.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor expects the computer and network engineering technology career to be the fastest growing field well into the 21st century. National employment projections reported in the Monthly Labor Review (February, 2004) show computer support specialists and computer engineers topping the list of professional occupations with a net growth (2002 - 2012) of over 35% and over two million new jobs. According to the latest figures from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, these same fields are expected to be Ohio=s fastest growing occupations. Specifically, Ohio can expect to see an increase of about 3000 new jobs during this period with average wages between $20 and $30 per hour.