Students

Technology fuels the world around us.

Whether you are passionate about robotics, gaming, music, design or fashion (the list goes on and on!) – chances are technology plays a major role. Careers in the tech industry are changing as well. It takes more people and skillsets than just an Information Sciences degrees.

That’s where HyperStream comes in. We want to share this exciting new realm of opportunities with you and provide mentoring from experienced and successful industry professionals.

Interested in joining a HyperStream Club? Click here for a list of participating schools.

Educational Path

Whether you complete a two- or four-year program or a master’s program, a tech degree from a school in Iowa prepares you for success. Along with tech classes, business, math, science, English, social sciences, and foreign language courses in high school and beyond will equip you with everything you need to launch your career.

Also, you can start seeing what it’s like to work in Iowa technology right now. Ambassadors from Iowa tech companies want to get to know you and even offer job shadowing or internship opportunities. Plus Iowa colleges offer a bunch of exciting camps and conferences!

As you plan your coursework in middle and high school, you need to consider a range of curriculum. It’s not that you need to take the most advanced classes to succeed in technology. What’s more important is that you consider math, science, and English every semester, in addition to a variety of technology and business classes.

Consider the following:

  • Technology classes
  • Business classes
    • Marketing, advertising, business communications, accounting, business management, economics, business law, etc.
  • Math every semester
    • Algebra, geometry, advanced algebra
  • Science every semester
    • Biology, chemistry, physics
  • English every semester
    • Composition, speech, literature, journalism, etc.
  • Social Sciences
    • Government, psychology, sociology, etc.
  • Foreign language

And to build creative-thinking skills that are important for tech careers, consider:

  • Art – develops higher level of creativity and provides opportunities to explore new ideas
  • Music – correlates to strong math skills
  • Sports – builds strong team-building skills
  • Speech/Debate – develops strong communications skills

Education Beyond High School

Every college has a wide range of math, science, technology and engineering degrees and programs that have different requirements. Explore what each college has to offer to meet your interests and goals.

Check out the links below for info on the multitude of community colleges, private colleges, and universities in Iowa offering technology programs.

Regents

Iowa Private and Independent Colleges

Career Opportunities

Want to have fun, live well, and stay here? Get in on technology and you’re set for life. In the coming years, about 10,000 or more jobs will be available for qualified tech workers in Iowa. These are some of the fastest growing and highest paying job segments. Consider this – entry-level tech professionals make $42,000–$70,000 right out of college. It only goes up from there! These jobs have higher starting salaries and better perks than almost any other career. Plus, these cool opportunities can involve your interests in any area from rock climbing to traveling.

Click here for more information on opportunities in IT from FutureReadyIowa.gov

Annual Entry-Level Comparative Salaries

See below for a listing of various occupations and their annual starting salaries.

  • $29,350 – Secretary
  • $30,400 – Auto Mechanic
  • $32,950 – Bank Branch Manager
  • $34,925 – Architect or Interior Designer
  • $35,000 – Marketing Coordinator
  • $36,415 – Carpenter
  • $36,640 – Nurse
  • $38,650 – Electrician
  • $38,835 – Accountant
  • $41,500 – Graphic Designer
  • $42,600 – Property/Casualty Underwriter
  • $48,000 – $60,000 – Technology Professional

Culture of Technology Businesses

Technology workers:

  • Don’t sit in cubicles all the time.
  • Use different technologies every day.
  • Complete a variety of tasks.
  • Work in teams.
  • Interact with colleagues and clients constantly.
  • Enjoy great employee perks.
  • Have flexibility and can balance working from office and home.
  • Work globally from their desk in Iowa.
  • Get to travel globally, especially in technology sales/marketing.

Traits for Success

Technology companies look for the following traits when hiring top-notch technology professionals.

  • Creative thinkers
  • Innovative
  • Knowledge workers
  • Persuasive
  • Inquisitive/curious
  • Team players
  • Collaborative
  • Persistent
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Know how to use technology as a tool to accomplish other tasks

Resources

You can succeed in technology, and there’s a whole bunch of resources to help you!

From places offering technology camps to businesses that let you come in for a day, here’s where you can find out what you want to know and get connected! Come back often to see what’s new!

Online Degree Programs

OnlineColleges.net

Many Iowa colleges offer online programs with a technology focus. Onlinecolleges.net is a great resource to navigate all the opportunities including scholarship information! (Click here for more information)

Camps and Programs

Clarke University Computer Science Academy

For grades 10-12. Students will explore and actively engage in hands-on experiences to learn how to design and build their own apps using MIT’s App Inventor; optimize mobile and streaming media; design and implement robotics touch, vision, and voice sensors; and develop games using a gaming engine. (Click here for more information.)

Des Moines Area Community College – Career Academy

High school students can get a jump start on their college education as they take classes on a DMACC campus from a DMACC instructor. (Click here for more information.)

ID Tech Camps

World’s #1 Summer Computer Camps for Kids & Teens (Click here for more information.)

Iowa State University – Summer Camps — ISEK – Iowa State Engineering Kids

Variety of summer camps for grades 3 – 8. Check out the latest technology, awesome engineering activities, not to mention toy around with some amazing robotics. (Click here for more information.)

Iowa State University – Taking the Road Less Traveled

Female students in grades 6 – 12, learning about non-traditional roles and careers, including technology. (Click here for more information.)

University of Northern Iowa – Summer Camps

Variety of summer camps, including multimedia and engineering. (Click here for more information.)

Scholarships

Iowa education institutions and tech companies know better than anyone that the state needs more tech workers, and they’re willing to help out. Great scholarship opportunities are just a click away!

IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship

The IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to an Iowa high school senior who has been involved in technology classes or clubs and plans to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa college, university or community college. Each year, a number of $1,000 scholarships are awarded. Click here to learn more about this scholarship program.

Iowa State University (E2020)

The Iowa State University College of Engineering is offering a four-year, need-based, $10,000 E2020 scholarship to high school seniors and transfer students from across Iowa who have been accepted to Iowa State’s College of Engineering. The scholarships will be paid in the amount of $2,500 per year for up to four years. Approximately 24 E2020 scholarships will be awarded each year. The deadline for application is March 1. For complete details and an online application visit http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/e2020.

Iowa State University – Engineering Talent in Every County (E-TEC)

The Iowa State University College of Engineering is offering 70 $500 E-TEC scholarships to high school seniors and transfer students from across Iowa who have declared engineering as their program of study at Iowa State. The deadline for application is March 1. For complete details and an online application visit http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/etec.

Students

Technology fuels the world around us.

Whether you are passionate about robotics, gaming, music, design or fashion (the list goes on and on!) – chances are technology plays a major role. Careers in the tech industry are changing as well. It takes more people and skillsets than just an Information Sciences degrees.

That’s where HyperStream comes in. We want to share this exciting new realm of opportunities with you and provide mentoring from experienced and successful industry professionals.

Interested in joining a HyperStream Club? Click here for a list of participating schools.

Educational Path

Whether you complete a two- or four-year program or a master’s program, a tech degree from a school in Iowa prepares you for success. Along with tech classes, business, math, science, English, social sciences, and foreign language courses in high school and beyond will equip you with everything you need to launch your career.

Also, you can start seeing what it’s like to work in Iowa technology right now. Ambassadors from Iowa tech companies want to get to know you and even offer job shadowing or internship opportunities. Plus Iowa colleges offer a bunch of exciting camps and conferences!

As you plan your coursework in middle and high school, you need to consider a range of curriculum. It’s not that you need to take the most advanced classes to succeed in technology. What’s more important is that you consider math, science, and English every semester, in addition to a variety of technology and business classes.

Consider the following:

  • Technology classes
  • Business classes
    • Marketing, advertising, business communications, accounting, business management, economics, business law, etc.
  • Math every semester
    • Algebra, geometry, advanced algebra
  • Science every semester
    • Biology, chemistry, physics
  • English every semester
    • Composition, speech, literature, journalism, etc.
  • Social Sciences
    • Government, psychology, sociology, etc.
  • Foreign language

And to build creative-thinking skills that are important for tech careers, consider:

  • Art – develops higher level of creativity and provides opportunities to explore new ideas
  • Music – correlates to strong math skills
  • Sports – builds strong team-building skills
  • Speech/Debate – develops strong communications skills

Education Beyond High School

Every college has a wide range of math, science, technology and engineering degrees and programs that have different requirements. Explore what each college has to offer to meet your interests and goals.

Check out the links below for info on the multitude of community colleges, private colleges, and universities in Iowa offering technology programs.

Regents

Iowa Private and Independent Colleges

Career Opportunities

Want to have fun, live well, and stay here? Get in on technology and you’re set for life. In the coming years, about 10,000 or more jobs will be available for qualified tech workers in Iowa. These are some of the fastest growing and highest paying job segments. Consider this – entry-level tech professionals make $42,000–$70,000 right out of college. It only goes up from there! These jobs have higher starting salaries and better perks than almost any other career. Plus, these cool opportunities can involve your interests in any area from rock climbing to traveling.

Annual Entry-Level Comparative Salaries

See below for a listing of various occupations and their annual starting salaries.

      • $29,350 – Secretary
      • $30,400 – Auto Mechanic
      • $32,950 – Bank Branch Manager
      • $34,925 – Architect or Interior Designer
      • $35,000 – Marketing Coordinator
      • $36,415 – Carpenter
      • $36,640 – Nurse
      • $38,650 – Electrician
      • $38,835 – Accountant
      • $41,500 – Graphic Designer
      • $42,600 – Property/Casualty Underwriter
      • $48,000 – $60,000 – Technology Professional

Culture of Technology Businesses

Technology workers:

      • Don’t sit in cubicles all the time.
      • Use different technologies every day.
      • Complete a variety of tasks.
      • Work in teams.
      • Interact with colleagues and clients constantly.
      • Enjoy great employee perks.
      • Have flexibility and can balance working from office and home.
      • Work globally from their desk in Iowa.
      • Get to travel globally, especially in technology sales/marketing.

Traits for Success

Technology companies look for the following traits when hiring top-notch technology professionals.

    • Creative thinkers
    • Innovative
    • Knowledge workers
    • Persuasive
    • Inquisitive/curious
    • Team players
    • Collaborative
    • Persistent
    • Strong written communication skills
    • Strong verbal communication skills
    • Know how to use technology as a tool to accomplish other tasks

Resources

You can succeed in technology, and there’s a whole bunch of resources to help you!

From places offering technology camps to businesses that let you come in for a day, here’s where you can find out what you want to know and get connected! Come back often to see what’s new!

Online Degree Programs

OnlineColleges.net

Many Iowa colleges offer online programs with a technology focus. Onlinecolleges.net is a great resource to navigate all the opportunities including scholarship information! (Click here for more information)

Camps and Programs

Clarke University Computer Science Academy

For grades 10-12. Students will explore and actively engage in hands-on experiences to learn how to design and build their own apps using MIT’s App Inventor; optimize mobile and streaming media; design and implement robotics touch, vision, and voice sensors; and develop games using a gaming engine. (Click here for more information.)

Des Moines Area Community College – Career Academy

High school students can get a jump start on their college education as they take classes on a DMACC campus from a DMACC instructor. (Click here for more information.)

ID Tech Camps

World’s #1 Summer Computer Camps for Kids & Teens (Click here for more information.)

Iowa State University – Summer Camps — ISEK – Iowa State Engineering Kids

Variety of summer camps for grades 3 – 8. Check out the latest technology, awesome engineering activities, not to mention toy around with some amazing robotics. (Click here for more information.)

Iowa State University – Taking the Road Less Traveled

Female students in grades 6 – 12, learning about non-traditional roles and careers, including technology. (Click here for more information.)

University of Northern Iowa – Summer Camps

Variety of summer camps, including multimedia and engineering. (Click here for more information.)

Scholarships

Iowa education institutions and tech companies know better than anyone that the state needs more tech workers, and they’re willing to help out. Great scholarship opportunities are just a click away!

IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship

The IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to an Iowa high school senior who has been involved in technology classes or clubs and plans to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa college, university or community college. Each year, a number of $1,000 scholarships are awarded. Click here to learn more about this scholarship program.

Iowa State University (E2020)

The Iowa State University College of Engineering is offering a four-year, need-based, $10,000 E2020 scholarship to high school seniors and transfer students from across Iowa who have been accepted to Iowa State’s College of Engineering. The scholarships will be paid in the amount of $2,500 per year for up to four years. Approximately 24 E2020 scholarships will be awarded each year. The deadline for application is March 1. For complete details and an online application visit http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/e2020.

Iowa State University – Engineering Talent in Every County (E-TEC)

The Iowa State University College of Engineering is offering 70 $500 E-TEC scholarships to high school seniors and transfer students from across Iowa who have declared engineering as their program of study at Iowa State. The deadline for application is March 1. For complete details and an online application visit http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/etec.