Information Technology Careers

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This guide is designed to help you learn more about information technology careers. It includes books about information technology careers as well as links to online resources. If you have any trouble finding these sources, or need help narrowing your search, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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  • Information Technology Careers
  • Computer Science Careers
  • Computer Science Major

New Books

There are currently no new books out on this topic.

Circulating Books

Lawson, Judy, Joanna Kroll and Kelly Kowatch. The New Information Professional: Your guide to careers in the digital age. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2010. Print.
Call Number: Z682.35.V62 L39 2010

Ferguson's Careers in Focus: Computers. New York: Ferguson: 2004. Print.
Call Number: QA76.25.C295 2004

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Careers in Information Technology
By: Wet Feet


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

College Source

Features over 16,704 college catalogs in complete cover-to-cover, original page format representing 2-year, 4-year, graduate and professional schools. Lists 1,219 colleges and universities offering Computer and Information Science degrees.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Detailed career information on more than 3,399 jobs in 94 industries. Also includes sections on employment skills and resources. Includes 1,282 entries relating to information technology careers.

Vocation and Careers Collection

Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maitaining a career are all topics vocered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals. Includes 782 articles about information technology careers.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Roles and Responsibilities in IT: 28 minutes.
The field of information technology is continually expanding. What is it like to work in this dynamic industry? Focusing on IT positions at IBM’s overseas operation in Australia, this video outlines the qualifications necessary to be an IT professional while describing associated duties in the areas of product development, sales and marketing, and system development, maintenance, and support. The interconnected nature of various IT functions is stressed. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online.

Internet Careers: Front-End, Back-End and E-Everywhere: 22 minutes.
E-commerce, e-learning, e-zines, eBay—what’s the common denominator? The “e” of course! But in today’s fast-paced, highly connected world, that “e” doesn’t just stand for “electronic”; it stands for “everywhere” as more and more people link up online. This program travels the Web to explore Internet careers in three main areas: the front end, the back end, and everywhere in between. Front-end insights come from a programmer, a graphic designer, and a quality assurance tester; back-end information is provided by a webmaster, a help desk specialist, and a sales associate; and an IT recruiter, an advertising sales rep, and an entrepreneur explain how they’ve integrated the Internet into their careers. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online.

Information Technology: 25 minutes.
Students can learn a lot from women who have found success in the IT field. This program profiles Coraleigh Hine, a computer service support technician specializing in sales and installation; Shawna White, a desktop support analyst who troubleshoots and repairs client problems; and Nancy Nadeau, a software developer producing high-end tools for digital image creation. Interviews with coworkers and supervisors help to create well-rounded descriptions of each job.

Web sites

There are many good web sites on the internet that discuss information technology careers. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Information Technology Career Websites

Take IT & Go Anywhere
Produced by the Commonweath Alliance for Information Technology Education, this site provides information about IT careers and the education needed to get them.

Association for Computing Machinery
IT professional association that offers information and resources to students interested in pursuing IT careers.

Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections
Organization devoted to developing and expanding the Boston-area IT workforce.

Anita Borg Institute
Career news and events focused around building a solid and connected network of women computer scientists.

Computing Research Association
CRA's goals include strengthening advanced education in the compting fields and expanding opportunities for women and minorities.

MentorNet aims to positively affect retention rates and success of those in technology careers, particularly women and other underrepresented groups, by matching them with mentors in the industry.

General Career Planning Websites

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job descriptions, outlooks, salaries and more.

O*Net Online: Occupational Information Network
O*Net contains in-depth definitions for hundreds of job titles and includes many individual position descriptions.

Black Collegian Online
Site contains a section on job tools, a job search, employer profiles, and an area for job seekers to post resumes.

Web site from the Massachusetts Division of Career Services, Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS). Provides occupational and educational information.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job descriptions, outlooks, salaries and more.

Simmons Career Resources
Very good directory of career resources, by discipline.

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 12/4/2010 by Rye Gentleman. Updated on 3/31/14 by Joy Singletary.