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By Dr. Isac Artzi
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Let’s make a prediction: in 10 years, Computer Science will be quite a different profession than it is today. In 20 years, it will be unrecognizable. So how can one tell whether this is a good, worthy, career choice? One thing is certain, we are increasingly being surrounded by devices that are connected to the Internet and generate vast amounts of data. Phones, watches, cars, home appliances, toys, pacemakers and vacuum cleaners, amount just to the initial, rudimentary foray into the Internet-connected lifestyle. For computer scientists, this is the terra nova of development opportunities: algorithms, paradigms, methodologies, designs, theories, principles and overall, driving the evolution of the robot-driven world.

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By Mark K. Reha
Faculty College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Have you ever heard of the “I Do – We Do – You Do” teaching strategy? If this is a new term to you here is a nice definition and how this applies to teaching: The gradual release of responsibility (also known as I do, we do, you do) is a teaching strategy that includes demonstration, prompt and practice.

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The word “portfolio” often brings to mind an image of an artist’s portfolio packed with watercolors and sketches. However, STEM graduates also need portfolios to showcase their skills to potential employers. It’s customary for an IT employer to ask prospective programmers to provide a portfolio for consideration. For this reason, it’s best to take a proactive approach. Start compiling your portfolio before you graduate with a BS in Computer Programming in order to streamline your future job search.

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Cybersecurity is among the most pressing issues of modern times. In virtually any industry, IT graduates can pursue opportunities in protecting sensitive digital information. From banks to retailers to educational institutions, cybersecurity is of paramount importance. While there are many rewarding opportunities in the private sector, graduates with a Master of Science in Cybersecurity might consider looking to the public sector to find a rewarding job.

Scholarship Opportunities

You might already be familiar with financial incentive programs that seek to entice teachers to work in socio-economically depressed areas. There is a similar program in place for cybersecurity professionals. The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, established by the National Science Foundation, offers generous academic stipends for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in cybersecurity degree programs. In return for the stipend, the student agrees to work in federal, state, local or tribal governments when they graduate.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Cybersecurity professionals can benefit from other financial incentives if they decide to secure employment in the public sector. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, administers the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. You may be able to qualify for student loan forgiveness if, after graduation, you work on a full-time basis for a federal, state, local or tribal government organization. If you wish to apply for this loan forgiveness program, you will have to demonstrate that you’ve already made 120 qualifying payments on your student loans.

Meaningful Career Path

There are countless meaningful opportunities in the private sector. You would be helping to safeguard the sensitive information of hundreds or thousands of consumers, after all. However, a government job may be more personally fulfilling for individuals who are driven by a sense of duty to the country. Your work at a government agency may help protect the nation’s secrets and thwart cyber-attacks by foreign or domestic groups. If this type of work interests you, you might consider exploring STEM opportunities at the Department of Defense or the Department of Homeland Security.

Job Outlook

One of the reasons why STEM master’s degrees are so popular these days is because of the considerable demand for qualified computer scientists in the job marketplace. Cybersecurity jobs are no exception. In both the public and private sector, the projected rate of growth in this field is favorable. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2016 through 2026. This rate is much faster than average.

Compensation

It’s true that cybersecurity jobs in the private sector tend to command higher salaries. However, public sector cybersecurity jobs tend to offer superior benefits packages. In addition, once you get your foot in the door in the public sector, you can generally expect a smoother transition from one job to the next, compared to the private sector. This enables graduates to easily chart a reasonable course to obtain their dream job in cybersecurity.

Propel your career forward by earning your master’s degree online at Grand Canyon University. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity prepares students to pursue high-level cybersecurity positions across a range of industries. Begin your journey today by clicking on the “Request Information” button at the top of your screen.

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Robotics is an exciting field that has experienced dynamic growth in recent years. Today, robotics equipment is used for everything from space exploration to advanced surgery. Robotics technology is even being incorporated into children’s toys, household cleaning machines and farming equipment. There are so many possibilities to choose from. You can prepare to pursue a career in robotics when you earn your BS in Engineering with an Emphasis in Robotics.

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As exciting as it is to count down the final days until graduation, it can also be a nerve-wracking time for students. They look ahead to job searching, resume fine-tuning and interviewing. But it isn’t necessary to wait until after graduation to secure a job in the STEM fields. If you’re enrolled at the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Grand Canyon University, you can actively work toward landing that first job well before you accept your diploma.

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By Mark K. Reha
Faculty College of Science, Engineering and Technology

I am a full time faculty member and program lead for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. I teach a variety of programming languages, web application frameworks and cloud computing, all of which are taught as part of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming degree. This blog will provide an analogy that can be used to help determine which program, Computer Science, Computer Programming, Information Technology or Cybersecurity is right for you.

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Information technology (IT) is a dynamic field that is still continually evolving. IT corporations need strong leadership to guide them forward into the 21st century. If you aspire to become an IT leader, consider earning your Master of Science in Information Technology Management. You’ll graduate with the essential skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in this competitive field.

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The Master of Science in Information Technology Management at Grand Canyon University is a blend of technology and management coursework. The goal is to prepare students to pursue leadership positions in IT management. The broad scope of the program allows grads to work in any field and dive deeply into many current business-related issues.

The focus on organizational behavior, strategic management, business analysis and tech ensures that GCU students can successfully fill top-level technology roles at business in all fields. One career goal for MS IT Management students is that of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), an executive-level leadership role for people with the right IT management skills.

Key Roles of a CTO

Tech Strategy

A CTO oversees the tech and infrastructure at a business. In this role, they monitor how tech is evolving and what changes may benefit the company as a whole. They understand the trends that may impact business goals and seek opportunities to harness the ones that will make a positive change. Additionally, they look at how dated or changing technology could hurt the company’s bottom line and seek to mitigate those outcomes.

Research and Development

Technology standards and regulations fall squarely on the shoulders of the CTO. The person in this position must stay current about compliance and ensure the business is working within the necessary channels to remain legal, professional and successful. This role includes a tremendous amount of research around tech and content management systems, as well as all IT assets. Technology budgets usually fall into this role’s responsibilities, as well, meaning they research the most effective tools for the business and purchase according to cost and needs.

Leadership

A CTO has several people working for them. These managers and leaders also have several direct reports. It is the responsibility of the CTO that all people working in IT and tech at the company have what they need to successfully complete their work. They lead the culture of the IT team and should work to recruit and retain the best people.

In addition to internal leadership, a CTO must be an evangelist for the company. They form relationships with outside vendors and community stakeholders. They communicate the company’s technology mission and strategy to board members, investors and partners.

If a CTO position is your dream job, get started on the path to IT business leadership with the Master of Science Information Technology Management at Grand Canyon University today.

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