BS in Information Technology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program prepares students to be IT professionals who are able to perform installation, operation, development, maintenance and administration of computer applications. The goal of the program is to gear up students as "information technologists" who can assist individuals and organizations in solving problems using information technology (IT) techniques.

The BSIT program equips students with the basic ability to conceptualize, design and implement software applications. It also provides experience in the development of office support (word processing, spreadsheet, database and accounting), intranet and internet and specialized professional software (multi-media, website development and eCommerce). It also offers background in mathematical and computing principles.

The teaching methods used are classroom discussions, practicum exercises spent in computer laboratories and on the job trainings or internships.

Is Information Technology a profession?

Many jobs in the IT (Information Technology) sector are considered professions, because the skills and knowledge required to perform them are specific, complex and familiar only to those who have a great deal of work experience.

However, graduating from BS in Information Technology does not make you a professional, it is just an entry point to the IT industry. Only after you have a few years of working experience and you specialize in a specific field of IT (for example: PHP Web development, Oracle Database or Java), will you be regarded as a professional.

What are the admission requirements for the BSIT program in the Philippines?

There are no specific requirements for this course. As long as the student is a high school graduate, able to submit the necessary credentials/documents, and passes the college entrance examination and interview, he/she will be admitted in the BSIT program.

Students who were not able to complete secondary level of education have the chance to be admitted if they pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).

What skills are required to succeed in this course?

Knowledge in computers is is not a prerequisite for this course. However , there are skills that you need to possess or develop to be able to succeed in this course:

  • Analytical skills – identify and assess inefficiencies and problems in software and hardware processes
  • Logical and critical thinking skills – ability to solve problems systematically and understand the logical connection between ideas
  • Technical skills – the ability to comfurtably work with computers, networks and software without the anxiety some people feel when dealing with "technical" stuff.
  • Mathematical skills – on a medium level
  • Interpersonal skills – the ability to work efficiently with a group and be a team player

How difficult is this course?

BSIT is a relatively difficult course. It requires a lot of abstract thinking, logical and critical thinking which are not innate for most people.

How long does it take to complete the BSIT program in the Philippines?

Normally, the BSIT program takes 4 years to complete (Note: this may change due to the K-12 integration). The program may be completed in a shorter time in schools that follow the trimestral curriculum.

On The Job Training / Internship

As mandated by CHED (the official governing body of higher education institutions), on the job training is a requirement for the BSIT program. The total number of hours set for internships according to CHED is 486 hours.

During the On The Job training you will be assigned to work at a company, where you will have a chance to experience an actual work environment and apply what you have learned in real life situation.

Is there a board examination for BSIT?

There is no board examination for BSIT.

Some graduates choose to take the competency examination called the Civil Service Examination. Those who will pass the Civil Service Examination are conferred a civil service eligibility, a basic requirement for entrance to government service. There are many government offices who need the services of Information Technology graduates.

Career opportunities for BSIT graduates

  • Information Technology jobs:

    • Applications Developer – designs, develops and implements specific software codes that enables computer systems to perform a variety of tasks; they are the ones who translate business requirements into technology terms to satisfy a client’s specification through technologically enabled means.
    • Database Administrator – creates effective methods to organize, track and store information for businesses and organizations; they are responsible in safeguarding computer database
    • Technical Support Specialist – assists customers in troubleshooting computer systems; they may provide instructions over the telephone or assist the customer in person
    • Test Engineer – responsible in testing software applications and programs for organizations prior to releasing it into the market
    • Web Administrator/ Web Master – maintains client’s websites by writing computer codes and updating links to other websites
    • Web Developer – creates computer languages ranging from HTML to more complicated scripting languages that makes use of databases
    • Network Administrator – keeps network functioning at optimal levels; they also support hardware and software applications that are part of the network
    • Information Technology instructor – teaches students on computer skills, internet use and digital technology
    • Information Security Administrator – they are responsible in implementing softwares to protect important data stored in computers to be tampered or stolen; they also make sure that system backups are in place as well as create recovery procedures in times where critical information is lost
    • Network Engineer – designs, installs and supports computer systems in an organization
    • Systems Analyst – analyzes data processing problems and provides solutions by programming software changes, implementing software upgrades or developing new programs
  • Non related jobs that BSIT graduates can work in:

    • Call center agent – answers phone calls and inquiries of clients and provides customer support, usually to people from other countries
    • Administrative Staff – personnel responsible for the organization and management of office duties and tasks; positions that include office secretary, personal assistant and office clerk
    • Freelancer working online – doing online jobs for clients abroad, such as data entry, article writing, SEO, customer support , administrative support etc., which mainly depends on your skills
  • Career Opportunities Abroad

    Many IT companies outside the Philippines are offering jobs for Filipino IT graduates. Tech support staff and software developers are the most in demand abroad.
  • Salary Levels

    The salary range in the Philippines for IT related jobs is between P 10,000 to 80,000 per month and more, depending on the type of job and years of experience.
    As a starting salary you should expect between P 10,000 and 20,000 per month. (source: payscale, 2017)

    Salary levels for IT related jobs in developed countries (US, Japan, Canada, Australia, Western Europe, etc) are much higher, generally 3-10 times higher than in the Philippines.

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Reviews of BS in Information Technology graduates:

J. P.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
◈ At University of Baguio
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Information Technology:
I've chosen this course because I have the confidence about my computer knowledge, I have been using computers since I was in elementary. I know a lot about it like hardwares and softwares. I also have the idea on troubleshooting it whenever there is a problem, so I have chosen this course to learn and study more about it.

list bulletAbout my college education:
I've learn a lot, honestly. A lot! from web developing to programming to troubleshooting to data management etc.

For me, I think programming is one the most difficult subjects, and I think for all IT students, this is the hardest. The most useful things I learned is about hardware and software mostly about computers

For me, passing exams was difficult, of course every student will agree to that. Exams in the University of Baguio are challenging. A lot, I mean a lot of students shift to other courses because this course is really difficult.

You need the discipline in order to strive and to pass this course.

list bulletMy current job:
For now, I only work home based because I'm still a fresh graduate. I'm still looking for a suitable job for me though.

My current job as of now is a call reviewer, I'm a home based worker and this makes me comfortable because I have no hassle in going to work, no tax, no taxi/jeep fares, no traffic.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
The advise I could give to people who wants to study bachelor of science in information technology is, be more discipline and know your priorities. This is one difficult course, so strive no matter what.
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