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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Engineering, Computer Science

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Careers in Information Technology and Electronics Maintenance

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  • In this brief article, students will read about careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as information technology specialists and electronics technicians.
  • Students will learn about the duties, work environment, and education requirements for these two green careers and they can click on the profiles for some NOAA employees to learn more about their career path.
Teaching Tips


  • This reading provides a detailed overview of the two careers while remaining concise.
  • The article features profiles of employees in IT and Electronics Maintenance for students to see a more personal account of the careers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some students may need the terms telecommunications, automated surface observing systems, and shift work defined before reading the article.
  • It may benefit students to read about or discuss NOAA and the National Weather Service before reading the article.


  • Language arts students can write informational reports about different careers in technology.
  • Students can interview local information technology specialists and electronics technicians.
  • Guidance counselors can use this resource for career planning with students.
  • Students can choose a career and map the education and experience needed to obtain that career, then research local programs for study and places of work where someone could get relevant experience.
  • After reading the article, students can discuss why these are green careers and brainstorm other jobs that are related to climate monitoring, mitigation, or adaptation.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a short article describing what a career in IT and Electronics Maintenance at NOAA is like. Examples, education requirements, and the typical work environment are described. The resource exposes students to different types of careers at NOAA beyond a research scientist. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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