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Network Administrator 
Certificate
Curriculum code 1422
Course Requirements Gainful Employment Information


The Network Administrator Certificate Program at Moraine Valley Community College is designed to address the need for IT professionals with a comprehensive understanding of multiple operating systems in a mix of vendor environments. The program provides a multi-product approach to system administration. The courses introduce Microsoft, UNIX, Cisco, and Netware products in an interoperable environment.

Nature of Work—Network 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. Administrators also may plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures.

Related Job Title—LAN Technician, Cisco service representative, Technical support specialist, Network or computer system administrator, Computer support specialists

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. Job growth will continue to be driven by 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 who are knowledgeable about the function and administration of networks. Also, demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government continue to invest heavily in cyber security, protecting 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. 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

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc 

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Center for Contemporary Technology, T904, at (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

 
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