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What is IST?

IST is video gaming, medical information, business management, and government security. It’s people coming together with the technology that we all use every day.  IST means:

  • Figuring out how people use technology, at work or just for fun.
  • Taking information from businesses and analyzing it to find solutions.
  • Creating and managing information systems to help industry and government agencies stop hackers, identity thieves, and other cyber criminals.
  • Keeping information from lots of places organized so that companies can keep moving forward.
  • Helping doctors and researchers use technology to manage information about diseases and helping hospitals and health insurance agencies keep track of patient information.


IST students in class


Careers for Information Sciences and Technology graduates:

Students in the IST baccalaureate program go on to careers as business consultants, where they use technology to solve problems at businesses and make organizations run more smoothly, while others work as software and Web developers, creating IT solutions for businesses and government organizations. Still other students pursue jobs from a wide array of technology-oriented career options in marketing, research and development, and other areas where technology is used.

College of IST graduates have been hired in many segments of the labor market including consulting, defense contracting, government agencies, manufacturing, financial services, and insurance industries, to name just a few. Students can choose management option, analysis, design , integration or networking career options.  Careers such as IT project manager, System Analysts, Human computer interaction designer, Network administrator , database designer and etc.


Our recent Information Sciences and Technology graduates were asked to identify their current job titles. As you can see, there are many different directions you can go with an IST degree.


      Manager of After-market Sales

      Project Manager

      Director of Information Technology

E    DI and Integration Manager

      Manager, SAP Security and Controls


Security, Desktop, and Mobile Analyst

      Assistant IS Analyst

      Senior Systems Analyst

      Information Systems Engineer

      Lead Network Analyst


      Senior Programmer Analyst

      Senior Engineer

      Software Engineer

      Lead Software Engineer

      Lead Application Programmer/Analyst

Field Support Sales Application Engineer


      Senior Leader, Legal Systems

      Contracts Administrator

IT Support Advanced Desktop Support Lead

Support Systems Specialist

Desktop Support Analyst

Quality Assurance

      Quality Service Manager

      Quality Assurance Manager

      Lead Conversion Test Manager

Additional Resources 

  • Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) Minor:

    Penn State Mont Alto also offers a minor in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA). The minor is intended to familiarize students with the general framework and multidisciplinary theories that define security and related risk analysis.

  • Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Minor: 

    This minor is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age."


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  • Nittany Lion Career Network


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