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Cisco Network Professional 
Curriculum code 1448

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This career path prepares students for entry-level positions as data communications specialists in the information technology profession. The program prepares students for rewarding careers at the forefront of the information technological revolution. Students will examine the installation, maintenance, repair, and management of Cisco networks. Students receive hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security. Graduates of this program possess a wide range of product knowledge as well as hands-on experience in software installation and support.

This program is designed for individuals just beginning training to pursue a career in Cisco servicing 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.

CertificationThis program is designed to prepare students to take the industry-based certification exams for Cisco. Passing these exams is widely recognized by industry as an indication of competency in network management, administration, installation, and troubleshooting.

Nature of the WorkThis program prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions in the information technology field. Graduates of this program are prepared to administer, install, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco networks.

Related Job Titles—Microcomputer technician, technical consultant, help desk coordinator, field service technician, network engineer, and systems integrator, and Cisco support technician

Related ProgramsComputer and LAN Technician A.A.S. (64 credit hours), Computer Technician Certificate (18 credit hours), LAN Technician (24 credit hours), Cisco Network Associate Certificate (16 credit hours).

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 continued 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, despite recent job losses. Job growth will not be as explosive as growth during the previous decade as these jobs are being increasingly outsourced overseas.

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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