Online Business Technology Management Bachelor’s Degree

Overview

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Jobs in information technology consistently top the U.S. News Best Jobs rankings, but open management positions within the field are often vacant for months due to a lack of qualified applicants, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Students pursuing an online bachelor’s degree in business technology management will obtain the technical skills necessary to operate an internal computer network or manage an IT department while also learning analytical skills needed to become an advocate for technology in the C-suite.

An online business technology management bachelor’s degree (also referred to as a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in information technology, or a technology management bachelor’s degree) is most beneficial to those who already work in the IT field and are looking to advance to management positions or for managers in other fields who want to learn more about IT.

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Course Work

Example courses
Developing management skills
Organizational behavior
Ethics for the IT professional
Marketing and communication
Business law and ethics
Systems analysis and design

The foundational course work for a business technology management program combines management, finance and IT. Core courses in an online program include accounting, databases, networking technologies, systems architecture and strategic management. Students can take elective courses in the managerial or technical aspects of IT, such as network administration, to specialize their skills.  

A basic understanding of IT and computer science concepts is helpful to students pursuing this degree. Some online programs require students to complete basic IT prerequisites, such as computer hardware and software.

Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Network and computer systems administrator $69,000
Database administrator $73,000
Computer systems analyst $78,000
Computer and information systems manager (IT manager) $116,000

*per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

With an unemployment rate of about 3 percent and an expected employment growth of 18 percent by 2020, information technology management is a stable field, according to the BLS.

The most common application of this degree is for an IT manager position, but the degree provides enough technical skills that a person could obtain a job as a network administrator or a computer systems analyst.

Median salaries for students graduating with an online bachelor’s degree in business technology management range from about $69,000 for network and computer systems administrators to more than $115,000 for computer and information systems managers, according to BLS data.

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