Computer Technology

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Computers and those professionals that maintain, troubleshoot, program, administer, network, and build them are central to most every industry. Jobs in Information Technology are the fastest growing with a projected 23% increase in opportunities by 2018.

Job opportunities for network and computer system administrators will grow by 23%. A 53% growth is projected for network systems and data communications analysts. Jobs for database administrators will increase by 20% and for computer support specialists by 14%.

Computers can be understood in 4 areas: hardware (a focus on the basic electronic building blocks), management (administration of databases or networked computers), maintenance (diagnosis and repair of personal computers) and software (the programming and computer science needed to control the hardware).

Source: The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

Programs 

Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Technology

The Computer Technology program provides students with the knowledge and training for a range of positions in information technology, based on the specific course selections of the student.  Students in the program have their choice from several standard program options, each with different concentrations of courses from modern areas of computer technology.  These areas include: computer programming, networking, system administration, web development, PC maintenance and database management.  Graduates of the various options may be qualified, respectively, for entry-level positions in system administration, computer programming, web development or database management, as well as positions as computer support specialists, and network or PC repair technicians.  Graduates are also well prepared to continue their education in four-year BS programs in networking, computer science or system administration.

Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Engineering Technology

The Computer Engineering Technology (CET) program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for computer industry positions that address both computer hardware and software, with special emphasis on electronics*. Students are prepared for entry-level positions that may involve the testing, troubleshooting, repairing or installation of a variety of computer and networked systems. Other positions may include assisting engineers in the design and building of computer systems. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to continue their education in Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology programs.

* For comparison, review the Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) curriculum.  CET students share the identical freshman curriculum as EET.  In the sophomore year CET students receive 2 courses in computer networking (as compared to 1 in EET).  

What will you learn?

  • Servers and Network Systems
  • Hardware & Software Troubleshooting
  • Website Design
  • Analog & Digital Circuits
  • Processors
  • Databases

Job Outlook

Jobs in Information Technology are the fastest growing with a projected 23% increase in opportunities by 2018.

  • Average hourly wage in 2014 for computer support specialists was $24
  • Jobs for database administrators are expected to increase by 20%
  • IT jobs in the US will increase by 23% by 2018
  • Jobs for network systems and data communications analysts are expected to grow by an impressive 53%
  • The highest paid 10% in the profession earn an average of $99,000 per year

Career Paths

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Web Developer
  • Network Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Programmer

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