Digital Careers NEWDA DRAFT

Digital Careers and Pathways

Are you looking for a career that is creative and allows you to work with a wide variety of people? Or are you looking for a job that allows you solve challenges that will help your neighbors? Then Information Technology (IT) and its related digital careers might be just the field for you! Much like the term Healthcare covers a broad variety of jobs, IT is also an umbrella term covering many different career fields.

Careers in IT can be categorized into a few broad areas, each containing several career fields with similar traits. In addition, IT careers can be combined with skills from other fields which can help you understand a particular business area better, or even to specialize within the IT field. One example combination is cyber security and accounting. These skills combine nicely in a role focused on battling financial fraud and theft.

The skills needed for each career can be obtained in a variety of different types of programs of different length and intensity from 2-week bootcamp training courses to a four-year bachelor’s program.

The need for digital skills is growing rapidly and becoming an ever more important part of society. Consider as an example that while in the early 1900’s, one sixth of jobs were in agriculture, today one sixth of jobs are digital.

View the full document here: IT Reskilling Pathways_Master_v1.2.

Basic Computer Skills Training

Individuals who have little to no hands-on computer experience will find it helpful to take some basic computer skills training. This can be taken at a variety of locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Our four regional Technical Colleges (NWTC, FVTC, MPTC, and LTC), and New Horizons, a private technology training company, all provide basic skills courses.

Alternatively, Interapt and the Department of Workforce Development both offer Apprenticeship Programs which provide basic skills training as part of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeships offer a form of work-based learning combining instruction-based learning with practical application of newly learned skills. Apprenticeship positions are limited by the number of employers able to take on new apprentices.

Digital Careers

The NEW Digital Alliance provides resources you may wish to explore to learn more about Digital and IT Careers. Our Explore IT and Digital Careers page offers several videos of area professionals describing their jobs and what they enjoy about them. On the IT Professionals page you will find links to networking organizations you can connect with to talk to professionals in the field. There are also numerous events which you can attend in Northeast Wisconsin to learn more about the field. Our job board connects you with our member organizations who are looking for digitally skilled workers. And our Resources page provides links to more information about careers, job boards, free tools to learn how to code, and much more.

Business Analyst

  • Business Analyst
  • Functional Analyst
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Enterprise Analyst
  • Project Coordinator

Project Manager

  • Project Manager

Software Developer

  • Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Application Developer
  • Software Tester

Data Analyst/Data Scientist

  • Database Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Analyst

Network and Systems Administrator

  • Network Administrator
  • Network and Systems Administrator
  • Network Support and Admin
  • Network Support Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Infrastructure Administrator

Cyber Security

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Cyber Security Senior Professional
  • Chief Information Security Officer

Software Tester / Quality Assurance

  • Software Tester
  • QA Specialist

User / Computer Support

  • Entry-Level Help Desk
  • Computer Specialist
  • Help Desk Analyst
  • Help Desk Technician
  • IT Support Specialist

IT Management

  • IT Manager
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Vice President of IT
  • Director of IT

Contact the Higher Education Institutions



Contact Info

FVTC CeevSue Xiong,
Admissions Specialist920-735-4826xiongce@fvtc.eduAppleton Campus: Room
UW-Oshkosh Tim Gleason


Sage Hall 3485

Ryan Haley


Sage Hall 2418

Mike Eierman


Sage Hall 2440

Kristi Cutts


Sage Hall 1410B

Mike Tippins


Sage Hall 1448

George Thomas


Halsey Science 218

Erik Krohn


Halsey Science 216

Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) LTC Career Coaches


Chou Yang

Academic Advisor


Lakeland University Beth Ann Bender,
Admissions Advisorbenderba@lakeland.edu920-727-0777Neenah Center
2320 Industrial Drive
Neenah, WI 54956
New Horizons
Patrick Riley
Jerry Murphy