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Business Technology is a Good Choice - 12/7/2009

Business Technology InstructorsStudents may want to consider adding a concentration in business technology because many believe it is one of the strongest areas of growth and advancement in our current economy. According to Victoria Hall, MAP instructor who teaches many of the management information systems courses as well as BUS 350, “Careers in business information are available and are a good long-term career option to consider. Having both business acumen and technology skills is extremely valuable in today’s job market.”


Regardless of your chosen field of study, a solid knowledge of the latest, ever-changing technology is important in our day-to-day lives. Careers for business majors with a business technology concentration include systems analysts, database specialists, information security managers, IT consultants, and application developers, as well as traditional positions in management and marketing, according to Andy Smith, associate professor of business and information systems at Marian University. Smith says that information technology is one area that “will not be decreasing in importance, as companies may be cutting back in some areas. Skilled professionals who understand both business principles and information technology will always be in demand. Employers are hiring graduates who understand and can effectively apply technology to business problems”.


Sherry Nord, who teaches MIS courses in both MAP and the Marian University traditional program adds, “All jobs today involve some type of technology. To be efficient or effective in one’s position, an understanding of technologies and how they keep a company or a position moving forward is essential.”


Eric Chitwood, MAP instructor, agrees. According to Chitwood, a concentration in business technology opens doors as “companies trust leaders who possess the business knowledge and interpersonal relationship skills to lead IT related projects. By pursuing a concentration in business technology, “a student sends a message to future employers that they understand the current trends and needs of top organizations. Organizations need technology-savvy professionals who will embrace these necessary and inevitable changes.”