Overview of Technology
Technology is the use of scientific knowledge for practical purposes or applications leveraging data, machines, equipment, and/or software.
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.
Get Career Ready for Technology
Find out what it takes to land a career in technology
Earn a 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.
Along with your degree, professional certifications like these may increase your employment options:
- AWS Cloud Practitioner (Foundational)
- Associate Certified Analytics Professionals
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
- CompTIA Security +
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Salesforce Administrator (entry-level)
Enroll in UNIV 421 (College to Grad School) to identify the advanced degree that will help you achieve your career goals and create the materials to apply.
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
Enroll in UNIV 320 (Internship Readiness) to develop your internship goals and search strategies to pursue career-related experiences.
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:
- Cybersecurity resume sample
- Data science graduate resume sample
- Technology resume sample
- Graduate computer science resume sample
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:
- Your LinkedIn profile
- Your own website
Enroll in UNIV 420 (College to Career) to develop your job search strategy, personal brand, networking skills, and more. Or, prepare for what's not in the job description - working effectively in teams, making the most of your benefits, and more by enrolling in UNIV 422 (Professional Skills Development).
Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for tech employers, such as:
Amazon Web Services
Booz Allen Hamilton
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.