High Tech Jobs In High Demand

Wednesday, May 2nd 2007, 10:22 am
By: News On 6

With more high-tech jobs coming to Tulsa, there's a need for even more high-tech training. There's already an effort to match the training that's available with the needs of business. The schools meet twice a year with the business community to see what kind of training the students will need. The News On 6’s Emory Bryan reports there are plenty of computer jobs, and the schools are trying to keep up with the demand.

Jason Riseling is a first year cyber security student at Tulsa Technology Center.

"I was interested in computers and like the security aspects of it, securing computers and networks," said Riseling.

And he's just one of a growing number of Tulsa students going into the field of computer science. Mark Griffin teaches computer networking to students, some still in high school, but even after just a year some will enter the workforce.

"Every one of my students who want to go to work from here will have something ready for them, in fact they will probably have their choice," said Griffin.

And he says even with a basic computer certification, they could expect to earn about $40,000 a year, and with more jobs coming in at Google, the outlook is even better.

"With Google coming in, they're going to need database administrators. They're going to need network administrators, security analysts,” said Cyber Security instructor Jim Morris. “Those are things that not only Google need, but a lot of companies need that type of expertise."

Most Tulsa Technology Center students go on to earn full college degrees, which further improves their options. TTC and several universities work together to offer specialized courses without duplication, so the work done here will count towards their degree.

Riseling has already found his better option. He left a job in construction to do this.

"Definitely changing careers, going into computers," said Riseling.

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