Eye for Identity: Break into Biometrics with an Information Technology Degree

You've just landed in a foreign country.  Long lines in passport control threaten to keep you waiting for hours. Instead, you avoid the lines and walk directly into a booth where a five second retinal scan verifies your identity-without a passport interrogation.

Thanks to a burgeoning new technology industry called biometrics, this is now a very real scenario. If you have a technology degree, you may be able to land a biometrics computer tech job as a computer scientist or a network programmer.

The International Biometrics Group defines biometrics as "the automated use of physiological or behavioral characteristics to determine or verify identity." As security tightens in airports, company buildings, and banks, developing physiological scanners and improved database networks is critical. Those with a range of technology degrees can find an increasing availability of computer tech jobs in the biometrics sector.

Technology Degrees: Useful for Biometrics Careers

  • Sought after degrees in the biometric career arena include:
  • Software programming
  • General computer science
  • Database management
  • Network engineering

Biometrics computer tech jobs require employees to program products to a client's specific security requirements. If a bank requests a combination of iris and fingerprinting technologies to protect their highest-security vaults, computer scientists must develop a system to that request. Writing and reading simple codes is a typical must-have skill, but the ability to think creatively is usually valued in biometrics computer tech jobs.

Finding Your First Computer Tech Job in Biometrics

If you've just graduated with a technology degree, don't despair when biometrics companies snub you for lack of experience. Many biometrics computer tech jobs require advanced degrees and several years of on-the-job training. You can be a more attractive job candidate by seeking computer tech job opportunities in general security, where you can gain experience writing basic security codes.  If you don't have the time to go to school during the day, consider looking into various online degree programs that offer courses in Biometrics.  Keep your full-time job while gaining the skills you need to advance your career-all from the comfort of your own home computer.


  • Pacific Biometrics, Inc.