The Information Technology program provides students with the skills required to design, develop, deploy and maintain modern business computer systems and applications. When enhanced with a strong business foundation, students also learn the application of general management, critical thinking, communications, and problem solving skills in a technical environment.
UH West Oʻahu’s concentration in Information Technology (IT) degree is a pathway program from Kapiʻolani Community College, providing graduates with a high level management education and cutting-edge technical skills required to be successful in the information technology workforce. Students interested in the BAS-IT program must first complete the associate’s degree in IT at Kapiʻolani Community College, earning automatic acceptance in the IT program at UH West Oʻahu.
Careers and Earning Potential
Job opportunities in information technology are abundant and highly lucrative. IT graduates are qualified for a number of computer-related careers, including computer support, information technology department manager, network technician, network administrator, system administrator, computer consultant, help-desk manager, technical services manager, and project manager. Graduates may work in government or corporate information technology departments.
Employment of computer network, systems and database administrators is expected to increase by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018. Applicants with a college degree, certifications and related work experience are eligible for the best employment opportunities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average salary for network systems administrators and data communications analysts in Hawaiʻi is approximately $65,000. At the national level, computer systems administrators, database administrators and network systems analysts earn between $66,000 to $71,000 per year.
For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website.