GCU's new tech degrees - skill sets and career opportunities

By Michael Ferraresi
GCU Today Magazine

Here's a glimpse at the types of careers Grand Canyon University's new degree programs in computer science and informational technology could lead students into over the next several years:

B.S. in Computer Science

Emphasis in Big Data Analytics 

-- Students learn how to mine massive data sets, which helps companies track customer preferences, identify trends with patient treatments and tailor programs to specific groups.

-- Database managers and administrators serve an integral role understanding the story buried in millions of lines of data.

Emphasis in Business Entrepreneurship

-- Technology project management helps computer experts understand the business end of taking their innovations to market.

-- Entrepreneurial development of new tech products or services can lead to start-up companies or opportunities with existing companies.

Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development

-- Skills in graphic visualization, computer modeling, mobile application development and artificial intelligence equip students to create video games and virtual simulations.

-- Simulation programmers and other roles in gaming or virtual reality modeling are in demand in a variety of industries.

B.S. in Information Technology

Emphasis in Business Entrepreneurship

-- Understanding IT project management ensures that companies or startups have a controllable hardware or cloud computing infrastructure to conduct business.

-- Blending skills with business savvy could set an entry-level student apart in various tech industries.

Emphasis in Health Information Technology

-- Health informatics and IT-driven health care require specialists trained in using technology to help medical professionals assist patients.

-- Patient records, data from medical devices and complex health care computer networks provide areas where students can develop expertise.

Emphasis in Technology Innovation

-- The ability to identify how technology can improve commercial functions is valuable in any industry or with any organization – including those dedicated to the greater good, such as international non-profits.

-- Students who have a degree with this emphasis could land in jobs related to the analysis of hardware or software and how those tools allow businesses to function.

Reach Michael Ferraresi at [email protected] or 602-639-7030.

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