North Alabama high school students explore job fields in the IT industry

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - Technology is the key, it seems, that opens doors to business and culture in these times.

Behind the rapid evolution is information technology or IT as we know it.

Thursday, students in the Muscle Shoals Career Academy IT department hosted an expo to learn from some of the industry’s leading professionals.

The FBI, the National Guard, and even the healthcare industry all have IT professionals working for them.

Not only does the FBI have technicians keeping their computers going, there are special agents assigned to cyber-security.

"There`s different avenues and pathways in Information technology, ranging from just being a technician to being a network administrator, or a programmer/software developer,” stated IT instructor Tiffany Stonecipher with the Muscle Shoals Career Academy. “So there`s many avenues that students can venture down."

Stonecipher said student interest in informational technology is at an all-time high.

She said students organized Thursday’s expo to help decide if this was the career path for them.

High school senior Will Cross has already landed a job in the IT field.

"I think it is fascinating because you are not just doing one simple thing all day,” Cross explained. “There are so many different problems that can come about, so it`s just something different every day."

And with the demand for IT professionals continuing to grow, students shouldn`t have any trouble gaining employment.

Also during the expo, senior IT students gave research presentations on the deep web, the evolution of smart TV’s, and the need for anti-viral software.

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