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Computer & Local Area Network Tech
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Curriculum code 1416

Course Requirements

This career path prepares students for entry-level positions as a data communications specialist in the information technology profession. Students will examine the installation, maintenance, repair, and management of desktop PCs and local area networks. Students receive hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, and local-area network (LAN) switching and bridging design. The program also helps students prepare for A+, N+, CAN, MCP, and ACCNA certification. Graduates of this program possess a wide range of product knowledge as well as hands-on experience in hardware and software installation and support.

The Computer and Local Area Network Technician Program is designed for individuals just beginning training to pursue a career in microcomputer servicing and LANs, as well as those already working in industry who need to upgrade their skills for on-the-job tasks, new supervisory responsibilities or career growth.

This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

Nature of WorkNetwork administrators and computer systems administrators design, install, and support an organization's local-area network (LAN), wide-area network (WAN), network segment, Internet, or intranet system. They provide day-to-day onsite administrative support for software users in a variety of work environments, including professional offices, small businesses, government, and large corporations. They maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the network to ensure its availability to system users. These workers gather data to identify customer needs and then use the information to identify, interpret and evaluate system and network requirements.

Job Related TitlesLAN technician, Cisco service representative, technical support specialist, network or computer system administrator, computer support specialist

Employment OutlookEmployment of computer support specialists is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Median annual wages of wage-and-salary computer support specialists were $43,450 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $33,680 and $55,990. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $70,750. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011

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