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Careers in IT

More than 300 regional, national, and international recruiters visit McIntire each year in search of exceptional employees. The Commerce Career Services (CCS) staff provides all of the support necessary to ensure that students, alumni, and employers find the perfect match.

One-on-one counseling, career search advising, workshops, employer-specific programs, and even personal introductions to recruiters are provided with the highest level of service and care. CCS hosts coffee hours weekly during the recruiting season for students to informally meet with recruiters and learn more about career opportunities within their organizations. Commerce Career Day, held each fall, provides an opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 100 organizations seeking to hire McIntire graduates.

In addition, McIntire's centers, student organizations, and Corporate Partners Program host a full calendar of events that offer students the chance to meet with business leaders from a wide variety of industries and functional areas of expertise. In short, students have almost daily opportunities to network with business leaders and potential employers.

Career Path

The IT-related career path is usually similar to the following:

Analysts/Consultants – First- and second-year employees who usually perform the detailed work and administrative tasks. Analysts/consultants interact with the client's staff and managers even at this level. 

Project Managers – Have two to five years of experience and are responsible for the timely execution of the project plan, supervision of staff, division of workload, and communication of staff's work and findings to the client and the firm's partners.

Partners/CIOs – Usually have at least 12 years of experience and are responsible not only for overall business performance, but are also equally responsible for maintaining relationships with external/internal clients.

Career FAQs

Why do students choose careers in IT?

If you enjoy solving business problems, working with people, and thinking creatively, you should consider an IT concentration. The IT concentration focuses on solving business problems utilizing the four fundamental components of people, process, data, and technology.  

What are some of the other career choices related to IT?

Other career choices include:

  • Consultant
  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Marketing analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Business analytics consultant
  • Project manager
  • Database designer
  • Database administrator
  • Software architect
  • Web site designer
  • Information systems security and auditing specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Education and training specialist

Where can I learn more about IT-related careers?

To learn more about IT-related careers, visit

Certification FAQs

Why would I want to get a certification?

Certifications are increasingly being used to differentiate job candidates and employees. A certification provides external validation that you have specific knowledge/skills that may be important for certain jobs.

What are some IT-related certifications?

Students should consider the pursuing the CAPM after taking COMM 3200 "Project Management" and the PMP later in their career. Certification requirements include: 

Certified Business Analysis (BA) Professional

  • At least five years of professional experience in a BA role
  • High school diploma
  • Two references
  • At least 21 hours of professional development in areas related to business analysis in the last four years

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

  • High school diploma
  • 23 hours of project management education
  • Passing the certification exam

Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing specific tasks (project-related)
  • 36 months of project management experience
  • 35 hours of project management education
  • Passing the certification exam

What are some helpful Web sites I should visit?

Helpful Web sites include: