Information Technology (IT)

CTE Information Technology (IT) programs pave the way toward Web Development and Computer Science Jobs.

The Information Technology CTE Career Cluster focuses on training in IT occupations for entry-level, technical, and professional careers.  IT studies relate to design, development, support, hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration.

The definition of IT is the utilization of computers for collecting, storing, or manipulating information.   

Computer science refers to designing and building computers and computer programs. Information technology refers to the process of maintaining and troubleshooting computers and their networks and databases to ensure they run smoothly. (Coursera)

Information technology careers include jobs in web development, web design, software development, computer systems analyst, data analyst, administration, computer engineering, and more. CTE students in the IT cluster can begin a path to a job in IT by earning certifications or participating in an information technology internship program.

Web Development and Web Design

The Web Development program explores the occupations and educational opportunities in designing, creating, and modifying websites. The program of study can explore integrating websites, and converting audio, written, graphic, and video components to compatible web formats.

Web developers create and maintain websites. Web developer jobs are consistently in demand and in a continuously growing field, and the average web developer salary is around $77,000/year. (BLS)

To become a web developer, it is necessary to have knowledge of computer languages, like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  CTE courses in high school offer introductions to these languages and others.

A software developer builds and creates software and applications. Software developer jobs include writing, debugging, and executing the code of a software application.A software developer is also known as a software coder or software engineer. (Techopedia)

A software development company will likely expect software developers to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science or software engineering. Coding bootcamps are helpful in training key programming languages and platforms in a short amount of time.  Aspiring software engineers can learn several main programming languages in CTE classes, like Java, Python, C/C++, and JavaScript. (ZDNet) The average salary for entry level Software Developer jobs is around $72,000, while an experienced Software Developer makes about $104,000 per year. (College Grad)

Software Developer for Online Games

A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development. They are responsible for the process of creating video web games. While video game designers are involved in the creative aspects of making a game, game developers or game programmers are responsible for the coding and technical aspects. (WGU Texas)

What is Web Design?

Web design is the process of creating websites. Web designers play many roles in website creation, including webpage layout, content production, and graphic design. The terms web design and web development are sometimes used interchangeably, web design is more of a subset of the broader category of web development. (Techterms)  The median annual web designer salary in Texas is around $66,000. (Salary.com)

Information Technology Jobs in Support and Services

Information Technology Support and Services explores the occupations and education associated with computer databases and database management systems. This program of study includes analyzing user requirements and problems to improve systems and review system capabilities. This program can explore the research, design, and testing of computer equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Computer Systems Analyst and Data Analyst

A computer systems analyst studies an organization’s current computer network operating system and finds a solution that is more efficient and effective. (BLS)  . A computer network architect is recognized as a computer systems analyst to create the hardware, software, and network systems for an organization.

A data analyst collects and interprets data sets in order to solve a problem. There are data analyst jobs in many industries, including finance, business, criminal justice, medicine, science, and government.

Database Administrator Jobs


A database is a collection of information, or data, that is stored in a computer system. Database administration is especially important in broad industries like education and insurance.

Database administrators create or organize systems to store and secure data in industries that have large databases. Database administrator jobs are lucrative and in demand, with the average database administrator salary totaling around $98.000/year.  (BLS)

Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components. Computer hardware engineer jobs are commonly performed in research laboratories that build and test different types of computer models. Most computer engineering jobs are in the fields of computer systems design services and manufacturing. 

Computer hardware engineering job demand is expected to remain steady, and the average annual computer engineer salary is just under $120,000. (BLS)

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Network Operating System Training and IT Certifications in Computer Engineering

Networking Systems studies explore occupations in designing and implementing computer and information networks.  This includes local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, and extranets. The Networking Systems program can also include analyzing science, engineering, and other data processing problems to improve computer systems.

Database Computer Certifications

Students in IT CTE programs can earn entry-level certifications and learn to code while in high school, including Oracle Java Certification, Microsoft Technology Associate, CICSO Network Certification, and more.  The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the American non-profit trade association that issues professional certifications for the information technology industry.  (CompTIA)

The CISCO certification path introduces students to training to be a Cisco Certified Network Associate.  A CCNA is an associate-level certification that demonstrates a candidate’s understanding of the fundamentals of networking, network access, IP connectivity, security basics, and programmability. (Network World)


Oracle Certification demonstrates a professional’s skills by learning to shorten project turnaround time, improve job performance, and increase earning potential. (Oracle)

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