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The field of Technology is growing as computers have become prevalent in today’s world. Research done by CompTIA found that Minnesota is home to 142,000 tech workers and is expected to grow over the next decade. In addition to tech, positions requiring data analysis skills are also on the rise. A recent survey sponsored by the American Statistical Association found that over the past five years, nearly two-thirds of organizations (65%) increased the number of positions requiring data analysis skills and more than half (59%) expect to increase the number of positions at their organizations over the next five years.

Career Information

Technology and data professionals can be found in most sectors and industries such government, healthcare, education and business. People with strong analytical skills who enjoy working with computers and electronic technology are a good match for this field. Some positions may require a specific degree such as Computer Science or Statistics but others may not, as long as you are gaining the skill set needed for the position. Companies in this career field also need professionals with marketing, social media, finance and human resources backgrounds. Employment opportunities and advancement potential will vary based on your level of education, so it is important to think about whether an advanced degree will be necessary to achieve your career goals.

Job Titles & Descriptions

O*NET, a free online database, provides career information including job duties, salary, and job growth information for hundreds of careers. For more information, see this list of sample titles to get started:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialist
Job Opportunities

Below is a small sampling of organizations and their positions that have recruited CLA students in the past. For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS.

  • Analyst, Ameriprise Financial Inc.
  • Analyst, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Fleet Operations Analyst, U.S. General Services Administration
  • .NET Developer, Minitex
  • Operating Systems Engineer, Wells Fargo
  • Application Developer, UnitedHealth Group
  • Information Architect, Thomson Reuters
  • Software Development Engineer, Amazon
  • IT Business Analyst, NEWSCYCLE Solutions
  • Systems Consultant, Now Micro
  • Programmer Analyst, CH Robinson
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Job Search, Professional Organizations & Networking Websites

Workforce Updates
Minnesota High Tech Association monthly workforce update includes top companies hiring and salary information. Visit the 2017 Technology Industry Outlook published by Deloitte.

Prepare for this Career Field

Seek out opportunities, such as those listed below, to develop the 10 core career competencies. Analytical & Critical Thinking, Applied Problem Solving, Digital Literacy are especially valued in the Technology, Data and Analytics career field.

Pursue Internships
For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS, a free database of internship, volunteer, and job postings for UMN students.

  • Research Intern, Center for Homicide Research
  • Webmaster, World Exposure with Cher Dial
  • Technology Intern, FindLaw
  • Software Engineering Intern, St. Jude Medical
  • Business Intelligence Developer Intern, UnitedHealth Group
  • Business Analyst Intern, UnitedHealth Group
  • Business Analyst, Target Corporation

Research Experience
Undergraduate research is valuable for anyone pursuing an advanced degree, especially in this career field. There are many ways to participate in research at the University of Minnesota, so be sure to explore them all.

Join a Student Group
Get involved with a Student Group. Use the search function to find groups that match your interests. Here is a list of groups that may be of interest to you:

Talk to Professionals
Networking can help you explore a career field; start by doing informational interviews with people who are in organizations that are of interest to you. Find professionals by utilizing the “professional networking” tab on goldpass.umn.edu and using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to get connected to professionals.

Read Early Career Profiles to gain insights on how recent graduates are utilizing their degree in Statistics or join a professional organization:

Take Courses
This career field requires a strong analytical mindset and quantitative reasoning skills. Common majors that students pursue related to this career field are Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics.

Some positions within this field require an advanced degree. Do your research on graduate programs as they all have nuances. Here are some things to consider as you begin:  

Volunteer
The Center for Community-Engaged Learning has advising staff that will help you get connected to one of the 300+ community organizations that match your interests. HECUA is a program that offers off-campus study that addresses some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work.

Advice From Employers

“In addition to defining your technical skills, it is crucial to get experience working on teams and taking a leadership role. While technical jobs are just that (technical) they also require interpersonal skills to work on diverse teams.” –Magenic, representative

“Update your LinkedIn profile and reach out to companies you want to work for to set up informal networking meetings. Often times leaders are willing to meet with people who show a passion for the company, even if they don't have any current openings.” –Magenic, representative