BS in Information Technology in the Philippines

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?

Information Technology is considered a profession, because the skills and knowledge acquired in this course are specific and familiar only to those who study this course or similar courses.

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 BS in Information Technology course 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 staff and software developers are the most in demand abroad.
  • Salary Levels

    The salary range in the Philippines for IT related jobs (including bonuses) is between 140,000php to 1,000,000php per year and more, depending on the type of job and years of experience. As a starting salary you should expect between 10,000 and 20,000php per month. (See: source)

    Salary levels for IT related jobs in industralized countries are much higher, generally 3-10 times higher than in the Philippines.

Reviews of BS in Information Technology graduates:

R. D.
Studied BS in Information Technology
at AMA Computer College
Graduated: 2006

About my college education:
Interesting part of my course are the computer Languages, programming and technologies. And these requires skills are to be good in maths, logical thinking and of course willingness to study.

My current job:
My current job is Librarian in an international school in Thailand.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I've used what I've learned from my school. Except for the programming part, of course. I'm lousy in it. I would say, it helped me a lot, especially we're living in a tech world. Computer literate personnel are a must! And we have face the facts that the old methods are slowly fading and most people today are embracing the new devices or gadgets. So, it's a big "YES!"

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
A year! I needed a rest..
Well, not my school or records fault; but mine. I'm picky when it comes to jobs. I'm blessed because there are people that are needing or seeking jobs but couldn't fine any, but in my situation; I have the face to be picky.

Do I recommend studying BS in Information Technology:
I would suggest other course: Education.
But you must have the passion to teach not just an ordinary teacher but an effective teacher. There's a difference! It's not a profession but a calling, too!
Because the teaching of the a teacher, reflects in their students. If you're a stupid teacher, you're producing stupid kids, if your an effective teacher you will produce good fruits.

And of course if you choose a degree, make sure you wouldn't want to jump or shift to other courses because you failed or you give up. It's not an option. And you must prepare your budget, too! And family advice are acceptable, they are guides for you, but in the end you will be the one to choose your own course.
And must not regret it.
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