Information Technology Career Pathway

Associate's Degree/Certificate (1-2 years))


Bachelor's Degree (4 years)


Master's/Doctoral Degree (6+ years)


    Get Involved


  • Active Membership in a Career & Technical Student Organization (BPA - Business Professionals of America; DECA
  • Code Montana/Kids Who Code/Girls Who Code
  • Career Planning in Montana, Career Information System (MCIS) or Career Lab
  • Attend a Career/College Fair

    Try Your Hand at Work


  • Job Shadow
  • Apprenticeships & Internships
  • Field Trip to IT-based Company
  • Assist Business/Community Leaders to Promote Events via a website/social media
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Work at School-based Enterprise/School Store

    College Major Options


  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Network Administration & Security
  • Management Information Systems

    Career Options


  • Computer Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Game Developer
  • Media Specialist
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Network Technician
  • Software Design Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Virtual Reality Specialist
  • Web Architect/Designer
Recommended High School Courses
    Computer/Information Technology Courses:

  • CISCO
  • Computer Application/Computer & Information Technology
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Network Technology
  • Robotics
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Senior Year Math
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Business
Recommended Dual Enrollment
    Computer Science & Networking Courses:

  • Computer Science Courses (CSCI100, 105, 107, 111, 222, 127, 135, 181)
  • Media Arts Courses (MART214, 231, 232, 233, 260)
  • Networking (ITS150)
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Business Math (M108)
  • Technical Math (M111)
  • Probability & Linear Math (M115)
  • College Algebra (M121)
  • Writing (WRIT101 or WRIT121)
  • Introduction to Business (BGEN105)
  • Intro to Communication (COMX111 or COMX115)
  • MS Word (CAPP154)
Postsecondary Options in the Montana University System
Bitterroot College City College Flathead Valley Community College Gallatin College Great Falls College Helena College Highlands College Miles Community College Missoula College MSU Billings Montana State University Bozeman Montana Tech Salish Kootenai College University of Montana University of Montana Western