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.

Job Title

Percent Change in Employment 2010-2020 Twin Cities Minnesota
Median Wage per hour (2012)
Computer Support Specialist 9.9% $24.88 $23.68
System Analyst 14.9% $39.19 $37.42
Network Analyst 28% Not available $33.25
Database Administrators  21.7% $39.47 $38.08
Software Developer, Applications  16.8% $44.77 $43.91
Web Developer 11.3% $39.60 $38.71
Convergence Technologies Developer Too new for statistics

 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)


AAS Degree
with concentration choice


Lisa Hubbard

“The information technology program at Anoka Tech is very fast-paced, but the classes are achievable and the instructors are willing to help all students have the best experience possible. I take the knowledge and skills that I learned from instructor Lisa Hubbard with me everywhere I go. She provided me the tools I needed to make myself the best person I can be in a technical world.”