Information Technology is one of the commonly used computing terms of recent times. From being used in the classrooms as a course to being used in the communication sector as well as being used in daily conversations, this term has so far been fairly used.
For as much as this term has become very common, it is no misnomer to say that its real meaning has far been misunderstood.
In this article, we shall try as much as possible to give you a comprehensive introduction to the term ‘Information Technology’.
What Does Information Technology Mean?
Many people tend to use Information and Communication Technology with Information Technology. This is entirely wrong. Information Technology is a subset of Information and Communication Technology.
Information Technology (IT) is the use of computers and computer systems to store, manipulate, store and distribute data.
As such, Information Technology deals more with information processing and the systems responsible for that.
Functions Of Information Technology Experts
As is to be expected, every occupation or profession comes with its job description and job coverage and this applies to Information Technology experts as well.
Here, we look at some of the functions or responsibilities associated with Information Technology experts.
- Some IT experts work as help desk representatives who take in all problems related to systems and computers and provide online or live and practical solutions.
- Some IT experts are also responsible for managing cloud computing and storage for companies.
- They are also responsible for developing information systems for brands and companies.
- Other IT experts may also be responsible for checking and managing the efficiency of a company’s technology.
- Advanced IT experts may be assigned with the duty of developing and managing databases for their respective companies.
- Finally, some IT experts also take care of a company’s web presence and growth.
It is important also for you to understand that the functions described above are just some of the functions that an IT expert may have to handle.
Qualifications For Becoming An Information Technology Expert
Becoming an Information Technology expert does not require anything more than a good first degree in Information Technology or its related courses especially Computer Science.
For most people who end up becoming Information Technology Expert, they may have to take up some Computer Science courses while still studying Information Technology as their major.
Also, when you finally graduate and start working as an Information Technology expert in any institution, depending on the area you are placed to work and your job specification, you may have to take some professional courses to adapt.
In Ghana, few institutions offer Information Communication courses. Some of them include KNUST, University Of Ghana, AIT and University Of Education – Winneba.
Information Technology is one of the most prominent computing courses available today with numerous opportunities here and there for successful graduates.
If you are looking to deal more in information and its related systems as regard technology, then this is the area you should be thinking of venturing into.
Also, be reminded that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is different from Information Communication (IT).