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Degree Overview: Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree in Information Technology and Network Administration

Majors Overview January 11, 2014

Students will be taught how to launch new computer systems, as well as maintain existing ones. Professionals with experience in this field are needed for almost every industry.

A.A. Programs in Information Technology and Network Administration

Students enrolled in an associate degree program focused on network administration are provided with the hands-on experience, knowledge and skills they would need in the administration and maintenance of infrastructure used in communication of computer networks with each other. Students can also expect to become adept at maintaining software and hardware and at troubleshooting problems.

Admission criteria related to these associate’s degree programs typically require applicants to hold a GED certificate or high school diploma. Those who successfully complete the programs can seek entry-level work in supporting roles in computer networking; alternately, they may pursue continued education by enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program.

Coursework

Students are taught communication, technical and business skills via hands-on courses. Typically, coursework may include topic areas such as:

•Internet and firewall security
•Linux operating system
•Java programming
•Database applications
•Database communications
•Network design
•Cisco router configuration and maintenance
•Relational databases
•Computer systems management
•LAN network server technologies

Career Choices

A job growth rate of 30% has been projected for network administrators and related professionals during the period from 2008 to 2018 (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Those who successfully complete an associate’s degree program in computer systems, security and information networking may seek entry-level careers in various fields including:

•Network operator
•Computer systems administrator
•Network administrator
•Information technology specialist
•Support desk specialist

Continuing Education Choices

Some graduates of an associate’s degree program may choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer networking technology to boost their career prospects in the field. Many schools also offer graduate degrees in computer networking or related areas. Graduates can also seek professional certification in various specialties.

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