According to Kiplinger.com, information technology ranks fourth in the best college majors across the country. With over 2 million annual online job postings, it is a career choice that is in high demand and has a ten-year project job growth rate of 24.5 percent.

The starting salary for those with a bachelor’s degree is $49,900 for computer systems analysts; the median salary for that position is $79,680. Those with a master’s degree are considered to be in a better position for jobs as computer and information research scientists. The pay range is much higher for those with a master’s degree and can easily be in the six-figure range for those that work in cyber-security and mobile networks.

“Technology is not the wave of the future; technology is the wave of the present. In order to be relevant, I had to jump into the realm of technology,” said Daniel Ibarrondo about earning a doctorate in learning and educational technology from Pepperdine University.

Ibarrondo’s earlier education included attending State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree. During the day, he worked as a lawyer at night he taught history, government and international relations for several colleges in New York. He became the director of professional studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Ibarrondo earned an education specialist (Ed.S.) degree in bi-lingual, bi-cultural education from Seton Hall University.

Now, Ibarrondo is an instructional designer for Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). He teaches professors how to teach and design online and hybrid courses at Mountain View College.

“I am a life-long learner. As we let go of the vestiges of the industrial age and embrace the technology age, it is important to update your skills,” said Ibarrondo. Higher education and technology skills are needed now as well as the future.

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com