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Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media

In California alone, this sector accounts for 12.6% of the state’s economy, while providing more than one million jobs across the state. As companies continue to use new and emerging technologies, the demand for technologically savvy and creative professionals will continue to grow. Jobs in the ICT & Digital Media sector tend to be constantly changing and require a combination of imaginative and hands-on skills. Professionals in this sector must be able to work both independently and collaboratively.

ICT & Digital Media students learn about the design, development, maintenance, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. Because of the central role that technology plays in all industries, ICT professionals are and will continue to be in great demand in every sector of the economy. Specific areas of future growth are likely to surface in cloud computing, collection and storage of big data, and information security.

San Diego County Career Pathways & Salary Info - Hourly Rate (Salary)*

HS Diploma + Postsecondary Training (e.g., Certificate)

  • Receptionists and Information Clerks $14 ($29K)
  • Photographers $14 ($29K)
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians $17 ($35K)
  • Computer User Support Specialists $22 ($46K)

Associate Degree or Higher

  • Graphic Designers $18 ($37K)
  • Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $22 ($46K)
  • Computer Network Support Specialists $24 ($50K)
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators $36 ($75K)

*Entry-level hourly rates have been rounded up and salaries are provided as examples of what workers would make if they worked full-time (2080 hours a year)

Sample of Local Employers

  • Cubic Corporation
  • Intuit Inc.
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Steelcase
  • Teradata Operations, Inc.
  • United Support Services
  • VerveTM
  • ViaSat, Inc.

Imperial County Career Pathways & Salary Info - Hourly Rate (Salary)*

HS Diploma + Postsecondary Training (e.g., Certificate)

  • Photographers $12 ($25K)
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers $14 ($29K)
  • Computer User Support Specialists $20 ($42K)
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers $31 ($64K)

Associate Degree or Higher

  • Graphic Designers $15 ($31K)
  • Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $17 ($35K)
  • Computer Network Support Specialists $24 ($50K)
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators $31 ($64K)

*Entry-level hourly rates have been rounded up and salaries are provided as examples of what workers would make if they worked full-time (2080 hours a year)

Sample of Local Employers

  • Entravision Communications
  • Imperial Valley Press
  • Geek Squad
  • T-Mobile
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Lab 135

Fast Facts

  • 60,885 people employed
  • 5% (2,880) 5-year projected job growth
  • 4,544 businesses
  • 6% of the sector's employment in California
  • $137,846 average earnings per job
  • 7% of the sector's businesses in California
Source: Labor market data derived from EMSI 2021.03; QCEW, Non-QCEW, Self-Employed; 2020-2025 projections.

Programs & Schools

Cuyamaca College

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  • Building Design Industry
  • Business Office Technology
  • CADD Technology
  • Cisco Certified Network Assoc
  • Cisco Network Professional
  • Computer and Information Sci
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Support Technician
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Digital Photography
  • Enterprise Networking
  • Enterprise System Admin
  • Graphic Design
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Networking, Secur & Sys Admin
  • Office Software Specialist Level I
  • Office Software Specialist Level II
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Web Graphics
  • Web Programming
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Grossmont College

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  • Business Administration *ADT cert
  • Business Office Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science/Info Systems
  • Cybersecurity and Networking
  • Data Science
  • Drone Technology
  • Info Technology Technician
  • Information Technology Support Specialist
  • Networking and Cybersecurity Technician
  • Marketing
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev I
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev II
  • Virtual Office Assistant
  • Web Design
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Imperial Valley College

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  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Computer Networking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Design and Production
  • Microsoft Office
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MiraCosta College

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  • Applied Computer Skills *
  • Computer Applications - Microsoft Word *
  • Computer Applications - Microsoft Excel *
  • Business Information Worker (BIW)
  • Business of Music and Media
  • Business Productivity Software Applications
  • Business Productivity Software Application Essentials
  • Certiport IC3 Digital Literacy
  • Certiport Microsoft Office
  • CompTIA IT Core Essentials
  • Computer Basics/Keyboarding *
  • Computer Science for Transfer
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital and Print Publishing
  • Digital Media Foundations
  • Digital Photography
  • Dramatic Arts: Design and Technology
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Game Developer
  • Essential Computer Skills *
  • Graphic Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technology
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel *
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word *
  • Internet *
  • Internet and E-Commerce
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Microsoft Powerpoint *
  • Music Technology
  • Software Development
  • Systems Administration
  • Tech Support
  • Video and Animation
  • Video and Media Design
  • Web Design
  • Web Development and Design
  • Word Processing, Intermediate *
  • * Designates noncredit classes
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Palomar College

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  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Information Worker
  • Cinema
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Computer Information Systems: Emphasis Data Analytics
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Network Administration with Emphasis: Cisco
  • Computer Network Administration with Emphasis: Linux
  • Computer Network Administration with Emphasis: Microsoft
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science with Emphasis in Video Gaming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Animation, Compositing, and Music
  • Digital Imaging
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Video
  • Drone Applications and Technologies
  • Drone Operator 1
  • Drone Program *
  • E-Marketing
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Film, Television and Electronic Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Media Design: Emphasis in 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Journalism
  • Journalism/Blogging
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Multimedia Design
  • New Media Compositing, Authoring, and Distribution
  • Photography
  • Radio and Television
  • Retail Management
  • Screen Printer
  • Screen Printing
  • Social Media
  • Video Game Developer
  • Web Design & Development
  • Web Designer I
  • Web Developer with Emphasis in Java/Open Source
  • Web Developer with Emphasis in Windows
  • Web Front End Design
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San Diego City College

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  • Art - Graphic Design
  • Computer Information Systems - Game Programming
  • Computer Information Systems - Information Technology Management
  • Computer Information Systems - Cyber Incident Response
  • Computer Information Systems - Cybersecurity
  • Computer Information Systems - Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Computer Information Systems - Desktop Support Technician I
  • Computer Information Systems - Desktop Support Technician II
  • Computer Information Systems - Introduction to C++
  • Computer Information Systems - Intermediate C++
  • Computer Information Systems - Microsoft Technology Specialist
  • Computer Information Systems - Network Security
  • Digital Music Technician
  • Electronics
  • Electronics - Electronics Communication Systems Option
  • Electronics - Electronics Technician Level I
  • Electronics Macroprocessor/ Microcontroller Design Option
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technology
  • Music - Audio Production
  • Music - Digital Music Technology
  • Photography
  • Photography - Black and White Photography
  • Photography - Digital Photography
  • Photography - Freelance Photography
  • Photography - Commercial Photography
  • Radio, Television and Film - Broadcast News
  • Radio, Television and Film - Film Production
  • Radio, Television and Film - Radio
  • Radio, Television and Film - Video Production
  • Radio/TV Film - Associate in Science in Film, Television and Electronic Media for Transfer
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SD College of Continuing Education

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  • CCNA Network Associate *
  • Cloud Solutions AWS-Associate *
  • Cybersecurity Analyst *
  • Data Management with Python *
  • Desktop Technician *
  • Digital Design *
  • Front End Web Developer I *
  • Front End Web Developer II *
  • Linux Server Administration *
  • Mobile Application Development Program *
  • Motion and Video Production *
  • Network Technician (CCENT) *
  • Programming with Python *
  • Security Essentials *
  • Server Essentials *
  • Virtual Datacenter *
  • Visual and Vector Design *
  • Web Design and Content Management *
  • Web Server Technologies and Applications *
  • Windows System Administration *
  • * Designates noncredit classes
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San Diego Mesa College

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  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographic Information Systems Technician
  • Multimedia: 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Multimedia Interactive Media Production
  • Multimedia: Visual Communication
  • Multimedia: Video Game Design & Development
  • Web Development
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San Diego Miramar College

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  • Administrative Assistant
  • Audio Production and Engineering
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Graphics - Visual Production
  • Website Designer
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Southwestern College

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  • C++ Certificate
  • CIS - Comp Prog Emphasis on Applications
  • CIS - Comp Prog Emphasis on Applications - Basic
  • CIS - cCommerce Emphasis
  • CIS - Internetwork Technician Emphasis
  • CIS - Operations/PC Support Specialist Emphasis
  • CIS - Systems Programming Emphasis
  • CIS - Web Database Programmer/Administrator-Lamp
  • CIS - Web Designer
  • CIS - Web and Gaming Animator
  • CIS - Web and Gaming 2D and 3D Animator
  • CIS - Web Search Engine Marketer
  • CIS - Web Site Designer and Developer
  • CIS - Web Shopping Cart Developer
  • CIS - Web Site eCommerce Administrator
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting - Advanced
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Entry-Level Database Administrator
  • Geospatial Technology Technician
  • Geographic Information Science and Technology
  • GIS-Continuing Students/Working Professionals - CT
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Systems
  • Music - Commercial
  • OIS : Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) - Advanced
  • OIS : Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) - Basic
  • Office Information Systems Professional
  • Office Information Systems Professional - Advanced
  • Office Information Systems Professional - Bilingual
  • Photography and Digital Imaging
  • Professional Photography
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Virtual Business Office Professional
  • Virtual Business Office Support Professional
  • Virtual Business Professional
  • Film, Television, and Media Arts - Transfer Prep (01281)
  • Film, Television and Media Arts - Career/Technical (02533)
  • Film, Television and Media Arts Production Specialist - Advanced (02534)
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