Overview of Technology  

Technology is the use of scientific knowledge for practical purposes or applications leveraging data, machines, equipment, and/or software. 

Technology feature video
What's it like to be a software engineer?

In this Vault Career Q&A video, software engineer Roger Hoover offers advice on how to succeed in this dynamic industry and shares insight into his experience developing firmware for weather balloons.

Careers in Technology

Check out these videos to learn about the typical workday and workplace for tech professionals and to get tips for success in this industry. 


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Computer Networking Administrator
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Computer Programmer
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IT Security Analyst
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Cybersecurity Specialist
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Mobile Software Developer
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Front End Developer

Get Career Ready for Technology

Find out what it takes to land a career in technology

Career Readiness Equation
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Earn a Degree

Earn Degree

To work in the field of technology, it is recommended you have a strong background in computer science, software engineering, or data science. Check the Mason Catalog for degree requirements. 




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Gain Experiences

Gain Experiences

Employers expect at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions. Gain experience while you are a student at Mason.




Here are the types of experiences most valued by tech employers, and where to find them:



  • Academic projects: Ask your professors about research projects.
  • Capstone projects: Consult your academic advisor about capstones in your department.
  • Personal projects 


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Market Yourself


Market Yourself

It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom. 


Below are top ways to showcase your qualifications to tech employers: 


Online Portfolio 

A portfolio gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and experience in a visual format (e.g., code, database design). Here are a few resources where you can share your work: 

  • Github 
  • Your LinkedIn profile 
  • Your own website 

Technical Interviews 

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Career Ready





Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for tech employers, such as: 

Amazon Web Services



Booz Allen Hamilton



Capital One

Freddie Mac

Lockheed Martin


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Join the technology community

Get involved with academic and professional societies to grow your network while you're still a student. Your industry advisor can help you decide where to start.