Careers Slideshow: Degrees In Demand: Higher Education for Tomorrow's IT Leaders

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-04-2010

Computer science, with focus on software engineering

Software engineering is one of the best jobs in IT. It's tough to outsource, because it requires constant interaction with the user or end-client community.

Computer science, with focus on software engineering

Computer science, with focus on human-centered computing

The explosion of professional and social networking creates a demand for individuals who can design socio-technical systems that seamlessly integrate technology, mobility and collaboration.

Computer science, with focus on human-centered computing

Computer science, with focus on computational biology and health informatics

As the baby boomer cohort ages, CIOs across the healthcare value chain&#151including hospitals, clinics, insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies&#151seek IT pros who understand this industry.

Computer science, with focus on computational biology and health informatics

Management and entrepreneurship

This provides a broad-based education required in today's team-oriented, horizontally organized and globally competitive marketplace.

Management and entrepreneurship

Operations and information management

This discipline helps graduates link IT to business strategy and design effective IT service operations. It's a rare and valuable talent for a CIO's team.

Operations and information management

Global management

With project teams spanning international borders, languages, cultures and work habits, a global POV is needed among enterprise leaders today.

Global management

Management and information systems

This draws on both disciplines to emphasize business-process improvement, customer-driven information systems, and human factors in the use of IS and IT.

Management and information systems

Masters of business administration, with focus on computer-information systems

This kind of degree allows the well-rounded graduate to successfully integrate IT within "the business" (strategies, offerings, processes).

Masters of business administration, with focus on computer-information systems

Masters of business administration in information technology

This is "MBA lite" and can be earned within a few months of part-time study. It's very valuable, however, in helping professionals understand finance, risk, business process, project management, and more.

Masters of business administration in information technology

Masters in computer information systems, with a concentration in management

For those seeking to become IT team leaders. It's about the management of IT as a function, overseeing applications, infrastructure, architecture and operations.

Masters in computer information systems, with a concentration in management