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Computer Science and Information Technology

​Information technology is the force behind today’s fast-paced economy. Demand continues to increase for highly skilled professionals to fill a wide variety of technical jobs in all industries, as companies large and small adapt to rapidly advancing technologies.

NJ’s county vocational-technical schools address this critical need with a broad range of programs designed to prepare the technicians, engineers, and innovators of tomorrow.

Our programs stay ahead of the technology curve thanks to partnerships with employers who advise schools and students on innovations and sought-after skills. For example, new programs address the burgeoning demand for cybersecurity professionals, as well as emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and new programming languages. Many students earn industry certifications, as well as college credits, while still in high school.

Why Computer Science and Information Technology?

  • Accounts for 10.5% of the U.S. economy
  • Employs about 5.2 million people
  • Tech businesses continue to start up and take off across the country
  • NJ’s own thriving tech ecosystem includes industry giants like Audible, Panasonic, Verizon, and Samsung
  • Projections indicate a 15% increase in jobs between 2020 and 2030; cybersecurity expected to increase 31% through the next decade
  • Professionals earn 89% higher than national median wage
A Morris County student holds computer wires.
Bergen cybersecurity students work to dissect a computer.
Salem students use desktop computer in a classroom.

Career pathways in this area include:

Computer programmer

Cybersecurity expert

Database administrator

Data scientist

Hardware engineer

Health information technician

Help desk technician

IT security specialist

Mobile app developer

Network administrator

Robotics engineer

Software engineer

Systems analyst

Video game designer

Web developer

For Students And Parents:

To see what computer science and information technology programs your county vocational-technical school offers, find your school.

For Adult Students:

To find specific computer science and information technology programs at county vocational-technical schools near you, use the “Find Adult Career Programs” tool.

For More Information About Careers In Computer Science and Information Technology:

O*Net OnLine has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

View videos on career pathways in computer science and information technology:

From US Department of Labor Career One-Stop:

From Working Nation on cybersecurity:

Visit ITCareerFinder to explore career paths in the information technology field.

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