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Career Pathways

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The IT Sector Partnership devised 5 career pathways including Technical Support, Software Development, Data Science, Information Security, and Networking. Each career pathway incorporates a pathway description, technical skills, career areas, jobs, industry certifications, Ivy Tech certificates, and the Ivy Tech curriculum.

Technical Support

Technical support refers to services that entities provide to users of technology products or services. It provides help regarding specific problems with a product or service. Technical support may be delivered by phone, e-mail, live support software on a website, or other tools where users can log an incident.


  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • Cisco Networking

  • Salesforce

  • HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Career Areas

  • Help Desk

  • Technical Solutions

  • Data Center

  • Hardware

  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Software Development

Software development refers to the process of conceiving, specifying, designing, programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing involved in creating and maintaining applications, frameworks, or other software components. Software development is a process of writing and maintaining the source code and thus may include research, new development, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products.


  • HTML

  • Microsoft SQL Server

  • Java & JavaScript

  • DevOps

  • C# & C++

Career Areas

  • Mobile Application

  • Coding or Switching

  •  Front-End

  • Server-Side

  • Graphics


Data Science

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data. Data science is a concept to unify statistics, data analysis, machine learning, and their related methods to understand and analyze actual phenomena with data. It employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within mathematics, statistics, computer science, and information science.


  • Python

  • Big Data

  • Tableau

  • Oracle Database

  •  Business Intelligence

Career Areas

  • Business Analytics

  • Data Warehousing

  • Reporting

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Statistics



Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from information disclosure, theft of, or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. The field is becoming increasingly significant due to the increased reliance on computer systems, the Internet, and wireless network standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and due to the growth of "smart" devices, including smartphones, televisions, and the various devices that constitute the "Internet of things". Owing to its complexity in politics and technology, cybersecurity is also one of the significant challenges in the contemporary world.


  • Cloud Computing Security

  • Computer Forensics

  • Decryption

  • Internet Protocol

  • Security Symantec Endpoint Protection

Career Areas

  • Computer Forensics

  • Network Security

  • Ethical Hacking

  • Cryptography

  • Identity & Access Management


A computer network is a group of computers that use a set of common communication protocols over digital interconnections for the purpose of sharing resources located on or provided by the network nodes. The interconnections between nodes are formed from a broad spectrum of telecommunication network technologies, based on physically wired, optical, and wireless radio-frequency methods that may be arranged in a variety of network topologies.


  • Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Linux

  • Microsoft Exchange Server

  • Network Implementation

  • Logic Programming

Career Areas

  • Fiber Optic

  • Infrastructure

  • Network Consultant

  • Telecommunications

  • Network Solutions

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