Did you know that Iowa has on average 4,000 open computing jobs and only 459 computer science students graduated in 2017? In the United States, there are more than half a million unfilled jobs in computing and technology. Additionally, these jobs are the top source of new wages in our country, which are projected to grow at twice the rate of all others. It’s no wonder that Future Ready Iowa categorizes Information Technology as a high demand career area.
This week, we sat down with Tyler, Network Infrastructure Technician at BerganKDV. BerganKDV is a leading professional services firm that offers customized business, financial and technology solutions to tackle complex challenges. Tyler knew in high school that a career in the technology field was something that always interested him. Tyler pursued a two-year program at Hawkeye Community College called Network Administration and Engineering. “I loved this program because I knew the instructors really cared and wanted you to succeed.”
Tyler worked his way through a few positions following graduation from Hawkeye Community College in 2016 before landing at BerganKDV. “It’s been the best decision for me to be here. No day is the same.” The technology services at BeganKDV are grouped into a few different teams of people. Tyler chose to pursue additional certifications in network and firewall services and fit perfectly into his role on the network team. “I set up all the routers, firewalls and network switches, think of it as a highway for everything else.” Tyler advised that for anyone considering a technology career, to be knowledgeable of all the add-on certifications that allow you to be more skilled in certain areas.
“If I were to share one thing to someone interested in this field, it would be flexibility. You need to be willing to work on off hours. Technology issues can happen at any time of the day.” Tyler stated the importance that communication plays in his current role, “one careless mistake could temporarily take down an entire business.”
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