More advanced than the introductory curriculum typically taught in vocational schools or as an online offering, the new bachelor's degree takes a deeper dive to deliver a technical, multidisciplinary collegiate education. The coursework combines aspects of computer science, aeronautics, mathematics, physics, engineering, military science, security management and business for students interested in pursuing careers in VR, aviation simulation, computer-aided design systems, animation, computer games and more.
"We have built a compelling simulation program using the formidable strengths of our long-respected engineering and aviation expertise for a career path that is ripe with professional opportunity," said Dr. Paul Hriljac, Mathematics faculty and chair of the new program at Embry-Riddle.
Graduates will have strong job prospects. Information Technology jobs are among the fastest-growing field in the U.S. today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the category most in demand nationally is software developers, with a 17% increase expected between 2014 and 2024. Locally, in a 2015 report, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council forecasts a 14% growth rate in Information and Communication Technology by 2019, 4.5% faster than the national average. Additionally, Microsoft estimates more than 80 million VR devices will be sold by 2020.
Upon graduation, students can expect to work as a graphics or network programmer in the areas of gaming, virtual reality, artificial intelligence or user interfaces for such companies as Microsoft, Sony, Disney, Boeing, Oculus and others.
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