Though Ohio has traditionally been known as a manufacturing state -- indeed, as the nation's industrial capital -- there's much more to its economic story than its role in the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years, the state has also started to become a hub for high-tech and computer-related jobs.
True to its roots, Ohio is seeing tech jobs being added to its manufacturing heritage, with workers helping to create many high-tech products that are then used across the country and the world.
Computer Science Education in Ohio
There's no shortage of options when it comes to pursuing a technology or information technology degree in Ohio, with numerous post-secondary schools all across the state offering various programs, and ranging from those with shorter, more affordable programs to full four-year universities.
Tech Industries and Careers in Ohio
Ohio has seen its industries diversify over recent years, with an increasing number of technology-oriented companies growing their businesses in key cities like Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. Manufacturing and production, industries that have long called Ohio home, are also growing more technologically-oriented as modern systems change the way those companies operate.
The educational requirements for these jobs can vary greatly so doing research ahead of choosing a school or program can be very important for students, especially when they find they are pressed for time or money. Investing in a four-year education, for example, is a good way to be sure to have important foundations for a variety of information technology and computer technology jobs, but it's also not for everyone - and on-the-job training and experience can often be just as important. Meanwhile, some career paths, like Software Development, are education-intensive, but are generally worth it thanks to their high average income levels, even for new graduates.
When considering an IT degree, it's also important to remember that they can include long-term educational costs in the form of certifications and other additional education and training. Graduate degrees also serve some occupations particularly well, but many IT jobs use certifications to help keep staffers up to speed with the latest technologies throughout their careers. And some jobs will often require more certifications than others, especially in segments of the industry that see constant or rapid changes in tech standards, like networking and security.
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