to the tech & design community! Whether you are a creative genius or an
all-star programmer, this community focuses on the implementation of
skill-sets anchored in visual design, interactivity, technology, user
experience, visual communication and creativity. Do you enjoy working
with data, problem solving, and analytics? This community is for you! Do you
enjoy communicating visually through various forms of artistic
expression? Look no further! This community has YOU written all over
Meet the Tech & Design Career Community Team
You may wonder why you should join this community. Despite the fact that Lorne and Jameson are awesome (seriously - come see us in the Career Center; we are cool), this community connects a group of people who share a common interest in technology or design. We have staff, faculty, employers, and alumni who are eager to help you succeed. You will be able to develop and build professional skills with guidance from industry experts, alumni, and employers in your chosen field of interest. Our community emphasizes peer learning and shared knowledge to inspire excitement about career development and ideas of the future. We need innovators now more than ever, are you up for the challenge?
Industries & Career Areas
of interest in this field range widely from graphic design, social
media and web development to cybersecurity, software
development and data science. Skills required to be successful in these
areas include strong communication, project management, problem solving,
writing skills, and creative thinking. As the world continues to change and
technology continues to advance, there has never been a better time to
explore the possibilities in this field.
Data analytics is the process of examining data sets in order to draw conclusions about the information they contain, increasingly with the aid of specialized systems and software. Data analytics technologies and techniques are widely used in commercial industries to enable organizations to make more-informed business decisions and by scientists and researchers to verify or disprove scientific models, theories and hypotheses.
People interested in data and analysis are inquisitive, curious and creative. They can take abstract business issues and derive an analytical solution and share knowledge and clearly articulate insights to technical staff, management and decision makers. They can communicate to a diverse audience at multiple levels of the organization. In addition, they want to challenge existing best practices, explore new alternatives and introduce new initiatives.
- Programming languages such as R, Python, PHP, Ruby, Matlab, JAVA, C++, SQL, SAS, SPSS
- Multivariate statistics - regression, principal components analysis and clustering
- Data-driven predictive model development
- Large Dataset experience using Teradata, Oracle or SQL
- Business Intelligence tools including Business Objects, MicroStrategy and Tableau
- Big Data technologies including Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, Pig, Cassandra
Some sample job titles:
- Systems Analyst
- Business Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Health Informatics Analyst
- Data Visualization Specialist
Web, App and Software Development
Developers are at the forefront of the digital age. The websites we browse, the gifts we order and the news we peruse online are all made possible by the developers who design, build and implement websites, applications and software. They are heavily involved in website and app creation, from helping design aesthetic properties such as layout and color, to technical considerations such as how to design a website to handle a given amount of Internet traffic. Some of the responsibilities of a programmer include reviewing programs on a frequent basis and make adjustments as are necessary to ensure proper working of the program, confirming program operation by conducting tests; modifying program sequence and/or codes, and create and publish technical diagrams to support coding efforts.
The people most successful in this field typically have a strong attention to detail, love to problem solve and have a solid aptitude and interest in learning new languages and technologies. They like to approach problems creatively and get a strong sense of accomplishment from troubleshooting a frustrating issue. In addition, they need to work well in a team environment, as most projects are developed collaboratively.
Some sample job titles:
- Software Developer
- Application Developer
- Front End Developer
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