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Microsoft Professional 
Certificate
Curriculum code 1446

Course Requirements Gainful Employment Information


The Microsoft Professional Certificate Program prepares students for employment as a Microsoft computer network service technician.

This program is designed for individuals just beginning training to pursue a career in Microsoft LAN (local area network) management, 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. Students considering transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review options.

Nature of the WorkThis program prepares you for an entry-level position in the information technology field. Graduates of this program may administer, install, maintain and troubleshoot data communication systems. The program includes operating systems, server, directory, and TCP/IP Microsoft introduction and the integration of the Internet in the corporate enterprise network.

Job Related TitlesLAN 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 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 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 specialist 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. Median annual wages of network and computer systems administrators were $66,310 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $51,690 and $84,110. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $104,070.

For job listing and job placement assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

 
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