Information Technology

Within the context of a career, Information Technology recognizes the dynamic interaction of various organizational functions with each other (see Career Bands) and with the objectives of the organization. To succeed in this career field, typical requirements for the Information Technology professional include:

  1. Business Capabilities - Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the business of an organization or unit.
  2. State of the Art Information Technology practices - Demonstrating updated competencies in functional areas (Career Bands).
  3. Management of Change - Managing change processes so that Information Technology activities are effectively merged with the business needs of the organization.
  4. Dynamic Design - Development of advanced and functional business designs for information technology components and applications.

The ability for an Information Technology professional to integrate these four elements in an academic, research, health system or business environment is essential. By helping their organizations build a sustained competitive advantage and by learning to manage many activities well, Information Technology staff members become strategic business partners.

Jobs in this Career Family deal with electronic data processing and computing. Typical functions included distributed computing, computer hardware/software, computer networking, telecommunications (voice & data), systems development, programming, computer installation and maintenance, operations, web development/design, desktop support, systems security, etc.