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LAN Technician 
Curriculum code 1419

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This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions as a data communication specialist in the information technology profession. Common career titles include LAN specialist, LAN system administrator, LAN design specialist, LAN engineer, and many others. The LAN Technician certificate prepares students for rewarding careers at the forefront of the information technological revolution. Students will examine the installation, maintenance, repair, and design of local area networks. Students receive hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, and LAN switching and bridging design. This program also helps students prepare for N+, CAN, MCP, and CCNA 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.

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 WorkThis program prepares you for a variety of entry-level positions in the information technology field. Graduates of this program may administer, install, maintain and troubleshoot data communication systems. The program includes hardware, operating systems, LANs, Microsoft introduction and the integration of the Internet in the corporate enterprise network.

Related Job 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 faster than the average for all occupations through 2016, as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technology and integrate it into their systems. Job growth will continue to be driven by the ongoing expansion of the computer system design and related services industry, which is projected to remain one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. economy.

Employment of systems administrators is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations as firms continue to invest heavily in securing computer networks. Companies are looking for workers with knowledge about the function and administration of networks. Also, demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government continue to invest heavily in cybersecurity to protect vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. The information security field is expected to generate many opportunities over the next decade as firms across all industries place a high priority on safeguarding their data and systems.

EarningsEmployment 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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