Information Technology (IT)

Which pathways are offered?

  • Gaming Design and Programming—This pathway prepares students to create design specifications and integrate art and sound, translating it all into a playable game. This requires knowledge of computer operating systems, programming and markup languages (JAVA, Python, C++, HTML5/CSS), and software development.
  • Programming—This pathway prepares students to design, develop, implement, and maintain computer systems and software, requiring knowledge of computer operating systems, programming and markup languages (JAVA, Python, C++, HTML5/CSS), and software development.
  • Web and Digital Communications—This pathway prepares students to create, design, and produce interactive multimedia products and services.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • 3D Animator
  • Applications Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Game Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Computer Programmer—$82,240/year
  • Software Developer—$103,560/year
  • Graphic Designer—$48,700/year
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager—$139,220/year

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 13, 2018. Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.

Which industry-recognized certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Information Support and Services Exam
  • CompTIA certification
  • The NOCTI Computer Programming Exam
  • The NOCTI Web Design Exam
  • JAVA certification
  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications in:
    • DreamWeaver
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Photoshop

Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who attend Destinations for at least two years will have enough exposure to career readiness education courses to be best prepared for certification testing.