Information Technology Management
The Anoka Technical College Information Technology associate in applied science (AAS) degree is a 72-credit program designed to prepare graduates to successfully compete for high-paying, rewarding careers in IT fields with the highest demand, both today and in the future.
The program requirements were determined through consultation with employers, those working in the industry, technical training professionals, and those currently seeking training and retraining for IT careers.
The IT degree has a curriculum of more than 90 courses in eight career concentration areas:
Graduates are encouraged to take advantage of corporate recruitment and IT recruiting firms. Internships and work study positions are also available. IT graduates are highly employable; in many cases even before graduation.
The unique IT program at Anoka Technical College allows technical specialization in one concentration, while the common core courses (listed below under Core) and required electives build the broad IT foundation needed to understand the terminology and methodologies of other IT specialties in the workplace.
There is intense competition for qualified employees in all computer careers, including the ones listed below. Some career fields, such as convergence technology development, are so new that there has not been time to compile accurate wage and growth information.
Due to the strong reliance of organizations of all sizes–from large to start ups–on computers, information technology is one of the fastest growing career fields in the world.
Here are sample careers, growth expected and salaries in the metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota.
Percent Change in Employment 2014-2024
Median Wage per hour (2017)
|Computer Support Specialist
| Computer Network Support Specialist
|Information Security Analyst
|Software Developer, Applications
|Software Developer, System Software
| User Support Specialist
Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Health care, transportation and warehousing, public administration and education industries all posted double-digit increases in IT hiring between 2007 and 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Minnesota projects that computer worker hires in the state will grow twice as fast by 2020.
Fall: August, October
Spring: January, March
(Also multiple start options each semester)
with concentration choice