Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

CIS studentWhat will I do on the job?

Depending on the specialization of your choice, you could be employed as a Programmer-Analyst, Network Administrator, End User Support Specialist, an Application Developer, or a myriad of other specialties and job titles.

What skills will I use on the job?

PCC’s program is designed to develop your skills in areas such as organization and communication, business-oriented programming languages, working as part of a team of users and technicians, structured design methodology and using the computer as a business problem-solving tool.

How much can I earn?

Salary and benefit packages vary greatly between employers with many companies offering outstanding health, dental, life and retirement benefits.

According to salary.com, these are the average 2010 salaries for the Portland metro area:

  • Programmer 1/ Analyst 1: $42,212 - $71,293
  • Database Administrator: $67,967 - $113,089
  • Web Developer: $57,673 - $103,406
  • Network Administrator 1: $40,039 - $62,359
  • Help Desk/Tech Support: $37,494 - $59,833

How competitive is the labor market?

According to the Bureau of Labor, information technology is the fastest growing sector in the economy with a projected 68% increase in jobs in the next 10 years. The greater your combination of experience & education, the more competitive you will be in this thriving labor market. For assistance with finding resume-building opportunities (cooperative education, internships, part or full-time employment) contact the CIS Employment Specialist, Gary Coleman. The Employment Specialist provides free coaching in effective resumes, cover letters, applications & interviews and other success strategies.

Some of the employers that have hired our graduates include:

  • Nike
  • DEQ
  • OHSU
  • Intel
  • Tektronix
  • Yahoo
  • ODS
  • Comcast
  • Regence
  • US Bancorp
  • Mentor Graphics
  • & many more.