Networking Specialist

Nature of Work

Information Technology (IT) has become an integral part of modern life. Among its most important functions are the efficient transmission of information and the storage and analysis of information. Network and computer systems administrators design, install, and support an organization's computer systems. They are responsible for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, and Internet and intranet systems. They work in a variety of environments, including large corporations, small businesses, and government organizations. They install and maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor networks to ensure their availability to users. These workers gather data to evaluate a system's performance, identify user needs, and determine system and network requirements.

Systems administrators are responsible for maintaining system efficiency. They ensure that the design of an organization's computer system allows all of the components, including computers, the network, and software, to work properly together. Administrators also troubleshoot problems reported by users and by automated network monitoring systems and make recommendations for future system upgrades. Many of these workers are also responsible for maintaining network and system security.

Career Outlook

Network and computer systems administrators held about 366,400 jobs nationally in 2012. The industries that employed the most network and computer systems administrators in 2012 were as follows:

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 through 2022. Demand for information technology workers is high and should continue to  grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.

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Credentials You Can Earn

Associate Degree
Networking Specialist

Networking Specialist

CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation

CompTIA A+ Certified Technician Preparation

Microsoft Network Administrator Certificate

PC Repair and Network Technician

Program Expenses

The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:

Admissions Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($25)

Semester Fees

  • Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
  • Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
  • Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
  • Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
  • Parking Fee ($20 per term)
  • Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
  • Registration Fee ($50 per term)
  • Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
  • Technology Fee ($105 per term)

Throughout the Program

  • Textbooks (Approximately $3,000 for the associate degree program, $2,500 for the diploma program, $500 for the CompTIA A+ Certification program, $1,155 to $1,321 depending on the elective courses chose in the CompTIA A+ Certified Technical Preparation program, $1,000 to $1,700 depending on the elective courses chosen in the Help Desk Specialist program, $1,068 to $1,183 depending on the elective courses chosen in the Microsoft Excel Application Specialist program, and $1,270 for the PC Repair and Network Technician program.)

These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.

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