Information Technology

Why Major in Information Technology?

The Information Technology (IT) major, previously referred as information sciences and technology or IST, at Penn State Abington prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers in a broad spectrum of technology-related fields.

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Graduates will be able to apply their studies in technology and communication to solve problems faced by companies, organizations, and society.

Your Experience as an Information Technology Major

Students will develop an understanding of core information technologies and prepare for the practical application of IT. The program includes required and optional courses in cybersecurity, databases, computer programming, project management, security and risk analysis, networking, web design and development, application development, and systems analysis. 

The combination of a strong technical foundation, well-developed communication and collaborative skills, business core competencies, and specialization in an area of choice produces graduates who are well-qualified to enter the IT workforce in a position that meets their interests and abilities as well as the needs of employers. 

Careers in Information Technology

Penn State Abington IT students are prepared to pursue diverse career paths as technology impacts all aspects of the labor force. The field's most in-demand positions include:

  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Data Analyst
  • Functional Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Cloud Developer
  • Mobile Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Game Developer
  • AI/Robotics Developer
  • Software Programmer
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Project Manager ​ 

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