5 Computer and Information Science Degree Jobs That are Hot!

ECPI University | Computer and Information TechnologyMajoring in computer science or information technology in today’s world could be the first step toward a rewarding career. The IT industry is flourishing right now with levels of job growth for computer-related jobs at about 6% higher than the total for all occupations. Emergence of new technologies, increased global technology spending, the increased need for information security, and proliferation of mobile networking devices are driving growth in the Information Technology world.

If you are looking for a technology career, love computers, have an analytical mind or just love to figure technology stuff out, then you should consider a degree program in one of these five computer and information science jobs. [Read more...]

ECPI University’s Online Family

ECPI University Online | Online FamilyMeet the Davis’ – ECPI University’s Online Family

For the Davis family, ECPI University is a family affair. Mom Wendy is a member of the Network Security faculty and her quadruplets are all students at the university as well. Daughters Victoria and Samantha are studying Criminal Justice and Network Security (respectively) and sons Jake and Tyler are studying Network Security and IT Management (respectively). [Read more...]

Military Spotlight

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By David DeWalt, BS Network Security Management Student, Columbia Campus

Oftentimes you hear about people who join the military for the sole reason of serving their country and being a part of history. That wasn’t my story. I was going to be a father and wanted to provide for my family in a positive way, so I enlisted to do just that. But what started as a young boy determined to find a means to an end, quickly turned into a young man determined to seek excellence from himself and those around him. It was in the Army that I first heard the quote by Carl Rogers that says, “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” After hearing this, I decided that if I was nothing else in this life, I would seek a lifestyle of learning. [Read more...]

5 Rewarding Jobs that Only Require a Two-Year Degree

Many people are intimidated by the current state of the job market. In tough economic times, it’s hard to find jobs that pay well enough to live a comfortable life. Many jobs require an expensive four-year degree before you can even get your foot in the door. However, this is not always the case. Many jobs can be attained with only a two-year degree, and often pay more than several jobs requiring an expensive bachelor’s degree.

(All statistics are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

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 Dental Assistant

The need for dental assistants is ever-present, with a projected job  growth rate of 25%. These valuable healthcare providers play a crucial  role in the day to day operations of a dental office including performing  x-rays, caring for patients, assisting dentists during procedures, and  performing dental cleanings. Practicing as a dental assistant requires  only a two-year associate’s degree, and license from the state you wish  to practice in. The median income for dental assistants in 2012 was over $34,500 a year, averaging out at around $16.50 per hour.

Check out ECPI’s Dental Assistant Program!

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 Registered Nurse

Just like dental assistants, the need for registered nurses is high and  growing all the time. Registered nurses are employed through the  healthcare industry in clinics, hospitals, out-patient care, and doctor’s  offices. Working as a registered nurse also provides a variety of duties  as well as locations. Registered nurses can be responsible for  performing tests, assisting physicians, and providing basic healthcare  to patients. Entry into this field requires only a two-year degree, with many employers offering assistance to provide further education after employment. In 2012, people working as registered nurses earned an  average income of $65,000.

Take a look at ECPI’s Nursing Program!

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Charleston Students Create Covert Device, Demonstrate Need for Physical Security in Networked Computing

Most people are familiar with anti-virus software, but what about a threat lurking right under the desk?  Well, a group of ECPI University students in Charleston, South Carolina have demonstrated just how simple it is to create an information-stealing covert device that seems like something from a spy novel.

The students embedded a popular miniature computer called a Raspberry Pi into a typical multi-plug power strip to create a device that, once implanted into an office setting, collects data covertly for recovery by the creators.  The project required collaboration between Electronics Engineering Technology students, who completed much of the necessary hardware assembly, and Computer Information Science students, who programmed the device to carry out its task.

“Covert devices are very real and prevalent in our technological world,” said Project Manager Wesley Boothe.  “These devices can be built with common materials from the internet and deployed in an inconspicuous manner with the purpose of gaining access to internal organizational data.” Appropriately enough, they named the device “The Odysseus,” a nod to the famous myth of the Trojan horse.
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