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Technology Management degree delivers better jobs for graduates

| Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
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They're the careers of today and tomorrow. But these technology jobs aren't going to be available to just anybody.

And companies are already looking for employees trained in the technology management fields, not students who graduated with IT degrees.

"Any organization today with a mobile app, web presence or digitalized data (is) struggling to fill jobs like data scientists, software engineers and mobile developers," Andrew Chamberlain said to Business Insider .

A 10-percent increase in technology jobs is projected for the United States over the next decade. The chief economist at Glassdoor, Chamberlain stressed that technology management jobs will "require the ability to creatively solve problems to deliver business value."

California University of Pennsylvania is committed to educating students seeking a future in one of the country's greatest growth areas.

Though it originated 10 years ago, the Technology Management program at Cal U was recently revamped based upon feedback from graduates and an advisory board. A decision was reached to take Technology Management completely online and focus on the following areas of strategic management, lean enterprises and production analysis.

"We're trying to serve both the high-school graduates looking to improve their skills - their ultimate outcome would be being a production or operations manager - or the working professional looking to upgrade their skills," said Larry Horath, coordinator for the Technology Management Global Online Program at Cal U.

Enrolled students can develop vision plans for companies and set measurable goals as part of the program's strategic management focus. When learning specifically about lean enterprises, they will assess efficiency improvements by studying entire production lines. Data collection for objective analysis of quantifiable items in the name of improved and proper decision-making is a hallmark of curriculum for production analysis.

Courses are specified for learning Quality Control, Cost Estimating and Supply Chain Management.

And Cal U's students are being prepared for careers in the plentiful manufacturing and service industries.

"They are out there determining capacity, testing and making sure they're making a quality product and enough of that product to serve the customers' need," Horath said.

In its most recent ranking of the 50 best jobs in America , Glassdoor identified 14 as technology roles.

Think about engineering technicians and production supervisors. Consider purchasing agents and industrial researchers.

Whether as a safety manager, a systems analyst or a quality-control technician, a student owning a bachelors degree in Technology Management from Cal U is looking at limitless opportunities in varied fields. And a graduate will have been schooled in skills broadly applicable in the manufacturing and service industries .

"You could apply this for the Department of Defense down to a local bakery," Horath said.

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