Find your IT Career Path
IT is really about using technology to solve people’s problems.
Even if you don't have necessary technical skills right now, you can learn them. In fact, more than most professions, IT involves a willingness to learn new things every day. Knowledge becomes obsolete pretty quickly in IT, but what you learn now can provide a frame of reference for what you learn next.
Start by disavowing yourself of these two IT career myths:
- You need to be a math or science wizard to work in IT.
Reality: Most tech jobs require only the math and science basics learned in grade school.
- You need a four-year IT college degree.
Reality: Several pathways can help you get started in an IT career without a degree.
Non-profit and for-profit training organizations, high school computer classes and community colleges can prep you for an IT career. Check to make sure they incorporate curriculum aligned with industry certifications, so that the training best fits the up-to-date skills needed in the tech workforce. CompTIA’s certification roadmap
can show what types of jobs are available in IT and what IT skills and certifications are needed for each.
Learn more about what IT professionals do each day by viewing our Test Drive an IT Career video series
and reading success stories of current IT pros
Students, parents and educators can learn more about IT careers at CompTIA’s Skillsboost website and check out their scrolling infographic.
Girls and women interested in learning more about IT can explore further at the Dream IT website
sponsored by CompTIA's Advancing Women in Technology member community.