Connected computers are the lifeblood of government, business organizations, schools and social networks. Degrees and certificate programs in Networking along with industry certification enable you to qualify for jobs such as:
Network and Computer Systems Administrators design, install, and support an organization’s computer systems. They are responsible for LANs, 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.
Web Administrators are responsible for maintaining Web sites. They oversee issues such as availability to users and speed of access, and are responsible for approving the content of the site. Webmasters also collect and analyze data on Web activity, traffic patterns, and other metrics, as well as monitor and respond to user feedback.
See Network Administration Certificate Master Academic Plan or MAP attached under Resources
Certificate available at Central Arizona College:
CAC Networking classes get you well on your way toward industry-recognized certifications from Cisco and Microsoft.
Employment Opportunities at the Certificate level
• PC Technician - Responsible for all aspects of system administration including networks, applications, database, and telecommunications by implementation, configuration, coordination, control, maintenance, troubleshooting, security, usage monitoring, and the development of specialized system procedures.
• IT Systems & Desktop Support Technician - Responsible for analyzing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining the computer system, terminal network, and peripheral equipment.
• IT Support Technician - Responsible to work both remotely and onsite at client locations to assist the clients with information technology issues. They will also be involved in project work like server upgrades/migrations/virtualizations, desktop/laptop rollouts/upgrades and MSP client monitoring and maintenance.
AAS Degree available at Central Arizona College:
A combination of general education classes, business skill development and core computer networking classes prepares you for continued education with your BAS degree at U of A South with enough involvement in the BAS program, classes will be taught on-line and at CAC, saving travel to the Tucson area.
Employment Opportunities at the AAS Degree level
•Help Desk Lead - Responsible for leading a team in analyzing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining the computer system, terminal network, and peripheral equipment.
•Network Administrator Assistant - Responsible for all aspects of system administration including networks, applications, database, and telecommunications by implementation, configuration, coordination, control, maintenance, troubleshooting, security, usage monitoring, and the development of specialized system procedures.
Consider continuing your Networking education with a Bachelor’s degree at UofA.