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Degree Overview: Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree in Computer Networking and Security Technology

Majors Overview January 22, 2014

Receive information about an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in computer networking and security technology and its education requirements, coursework, career choices, and continuing education choices.

A.A. Programs in Computer Networking and Security Technology

Students enrolled in an associate’s degree program in computer networking and security technology (CNST) can on completion of the program seek entry-level jobs as security and network systems professionals. They can expect to become adept at developing, implementing, maintaining and securing the Internet-based computer systems of a variety of organizations.

Graduates learn specific skills, such as to troubleshoot unique problems in Wide Area Networks (WAN) and Local Area Networks (LAN), run diagnostic tests on network equipment and set up security systems. Schools commonly offer degrees as an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science, falling under a variety of related titles, including computer network specialist, computer systems security specialist or information network security specialist.

Education Requirements

Particular schools set individual admission guidelines though typically, admission criteria require applicants to hold a GED certificate or high school diploma. Some schools allow candidates without high school diplomas or GED certificates provided they pass an assessment tests to qualify for admission.

Coursework

Coursework in CNST associate’s degree programs is devised to impart instruction in network security, risk management and network management and involves an examination by students of legal and ethical issues relevant to the field. Students are also imparted communication skills to enable them to elucidate technical matters to the staff of an organization. Coursework typically includes topic areas such as:

•Operating systems
•Programming
•Network security design
•Firewall management
•Web development

Career Choices

Those who successfully complete an associate’s degree program may seek entry-level jobs with various companies including commercial equipment wholesalers and computer systems firms. Some recruiters prefer to hire bachelor’s degree holders; however, associate degree graduates can hope to land some entry-level positions such as:

•Webmaster
•Operations and maintenance technician
•Computer support specialist

Continuing Education Choices

Many technical schools, universities and colleges offer bachelor’s programs in relevant fields. Advanced courses are often taken by students who thereby prepare for more advanced roles in the field through knowledge gained from hands-on training.

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