The last decade has witnessed unprecedented innovation in technologies for communication, computation, interactivity, and delivery of information. As a result, there is a growing need for practitioners who can integrate evolving technologies with the creative disciplines. Here you will find current job openings in our departmentand gain access to DoIT job descriptions, RFPs, and helpful insights into the industry.
What is IT?
A common question is: What's the difference between information technology and computer science? Although IT has strong roots in computer science, there are some important differences worth pointing out.
At the professional level, the computer scientist tends to view computing from the computer's viewpoint. And while the computer scientist builds and extends the underlying technology, the information technologist applies available technology to solve real-world problems for people. The computer scientist tends to be motivated by the computer itself, by how it works, while the information technologist is motivated by using the computer as a tool to solve problems for people. Another way of describing the difference is that the information technologist identifies a need for technology, which the computer scientist then creates, and which the information technologist finally helps people to use effectively.
There is a vast range of IT jobs with varying skill requirements. The skills needed to set up an office network—install the cables, configure the computers, and keep them running—are quite different from those required to set up and customize an automated fleet management system. A database specialist needs additional skills to administer the ever-changing complex of information generated by enterprise software applications and websites. Each of the jobs listed requires a unique set of skills and varying degrees of technical knowledge. As a result, many IT jobs are highly specialized, focusing on a small aspect within the grand design of an organization’s network.
Regardless of what job IT professionals do, they tend to focus on improving the usability and efficiency of technological systems and processes. Their goal is a smoothly functioning computer network that provides an effective flow of information so the departments or companies can keep on improving its work processes.
The importance of the IT professional's role cannot be overstated as technology continues to automate, accelerate, and connect the global marketplace. No longer isolated in testing labs, IT professionals are at the forefront of industry, clearing one technological hurdle after another to make governments, businesses, and any organization with a computer faster and more efficient.