Information Technology

Male with computer.

The Information Technology (IT) program at Bakersfield College offers students the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills in the rapidly evolving field of technology. 

The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of IT concepts, best practices, and emerging technologies. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, students develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of technology careers. The IT program includes courses in programming, networking, cybersecurity, database management, and web development. Earning a Certificate of Achievement will allow you to pursue careers in technology or to transfer to a four-year institution to continue your studies in a technology-related field.

Two males looking at computer equipment.What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) refers to the use of computers, software, networks, and other digital tools and technologies to manage, process, and communicate information. IT plays a critical role in many aspects of modern society, including business, healthcare, education, and government.

The field of IT includes a broad range of specialized areas, such as computer hardware and software, networking and telecommunications, cybersecurity, database management, web development, and more. IT professionals use a variety of tools and techniques to design, develop, and maintain computer systems, networks, and software applications.

Is IT right for Me?

Successful students in Information Technology (IT) programs typically possess the following traits:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skill
  • Curiosity and a desire to learn
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Strong communication skills
  • Teamwork

Overall, students who possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, a curiosity and desire to learn, attention to detail, creativity, strong communication skills, and an ability to work in a team are well-suited for studying Information Technology. The IT field is constantly evolving and changing, so the ability to adapt to new technologies and ideas is also important.

BC students walking and talking on campus
Paying For Education

You CAN Afford BC

Don’t let finances get in the way of your goals. Get help paying for college costs like tuition, books, or sometimes even the rent with a variety of financial aid options to help you reach your educational and career goals.
Information Technology Careers

With a certificate of achievement in Information Technology (IT) you can pursue a variety of entry-level positions in the technology industry. Some common careers for certificate holders in IT include:

  • Computer support specialist: Provide technical support and troubleshooting for computer systems, hardware, and software.
  • Help desk technician: Respond to user inquiries and resolve technical problems related to computer systems, software, and hardware.
  • Network support technician: Install and maintain network hardware and software, troubleshoot network issues, and monitor network performance.
  • Cybersecurity technician: Implement security measures to protect computer systems and networks from unauthorized access, viruses, and other cyber threats.
  • Web developer: Design and develop websites and web applications, including creating and editing content, and ensuring website functionality and performance.
  • Database administrator: Install, maintain, and troubleshoot databases, and ensure the security and accuracy of data.

These are just a few examples of the many career options available. With the increasing reliance on technology in virtually all industries, the demand for skilled IT professionals is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

Student with university penant.
Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Engineering & Information Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: STEM Pathway

Courses: Computer Science (COMP)

Not sure where to start? Let us help.

Meet with a CTE Advisor

Take the right classes to meet your education and career goals. Create your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) with your Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisor.
Call (661) 395-4402 for an appointment.

Not sure about your career path?

Take the career quiz to discover the perfect career based on your personality type and interests.