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In high school and college, Manny Martinez knew he wanted a career in technology. He was always dismantling computers to determine how they worked, fix problems, find solutions and build complex networks. According to Martinez, “I wanted a field that would keep my mind engaged, a job that would not become monotonous.”

Martinez is a systems engineer in the unified datacenter for The Applied Group, a consultative, infrastructure technology company. He assists customers by designing, installing and configuring their data center to unify products for the best utilization of resources, return on investments and future growth. His focus is on servers, storage and virtualization, helping customers consolidate their infrastructure, which reduces their physical footprint, energy consumption and costs.

He obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Management Information Systems from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. According to Martinez, “I chose to get a degree in MIS because I have always had a passion for technology and working with people. Being able to work with others in order to implement technology that would assist then and their business to be more efficient was a perfect mix for me.”

Martinez believes education is important for those working in technology. “There are many aspects of the IT business —not just technology, but public speaking, project management and project collaborations. These are skills that I learned while obtaining my degree, and they helped prepare me to work in my career. New technologies are always emerging, so getting a degree enabled me to develop good study habits, which I continue to use in training courses to obtain industry certifications. This has allowed me to progress my career through different jobs.”

Prior to his position at The Applied Group, Martinez worked in several industries, including gaming, hospitality and higher education. “I was born and raised in Las Vegas,” he explained. “I’ve seen this city grow and with it bring many IT jobs and not just in the gaming industry.”

Martinez would encourage others to consider a career in technology. He believes that one continuously learns new skills and can utilize an education in technology in many industries, not just IT or MIS.

This article was written by Debbie Hall, for CBS Las Vegas. SEE THE FULL ARTICLE