Computer Networking and Security as a Career

Looking to start a Computer Networking and Security career? The field of computer networking and security is important in today’s economy, since so many sectors of the economy expect their computer systems to run smoothly and securely. If you become skilled in computer networking and security, you can make meaningful contributions as part of a professional IT team. Students who successfully complete this program at Branford Hall will have the skills necessary for entry-level employment. If you choose this program, you can become skilled in the following areas in less than one year’s time:

  • Computer maintenance and repair
  • Understanding local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN)
  • Networking concepts
  • Network security
  • Cisco fundamentals
  • Linux administration
  • Windows administration
  • Exchange server administration
  • A+ hardware and software
  • Computer forensics
  • Trouble-shooting skills
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows software
  • Microsoft Windows Server and Linux network operating systems
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Anti-Malware
  • Computer diagnostic software

It is important to note that you will not be certified in these areas after graduation. Branford Hall’s Computer Networking and Security programs are not certification courses. If you want to become certified, you will need to take exams from outside organizations.

Jobs and Job Titles

Students who successfully complete the Computer Networking and Security program at Branford Hall will be able to apply for many different types of jobs in the field. Different companies have different names for the jobs in your computer networking and security career. Below are some of the job titles for which you may want to apply.

  • Computer repair technician
  • Computer technician
  • Help desk technician
  • Desktop support
  • Technical support technician
  • Computer systems administrator
  • Network technician
  • Network support specialist
  • Server administrator
  • IT support technician

Professional Environment

Because computer network specialists work in so many different industries, there is no single way to describe the working environment. But most jobs in this field take place in professional offices, whether you are working in the private sector, a government agency, the field of healthcare, the education field, or any other field where computer networking is important. Some technicians may travel to different customer’s offices rather than working from one single office. Others repair technicians may even travel to people’s homes for repairs. The hours for IT specialists can vary. Because the economy relies on 24-hour computer access, seven days a week, IT  technicians may have night shifts and weekend work.

Employment Outlook

Are you wondering about the job outlook for computer network specialists? The U.S. Department of Labor produces the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which provides details on the job outlook for hundreds of different careers. According to the Job Outlook section for computer support specialists, the employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow by 23 percent from 2014 to 2024. This rate is faster than the average rate of all occupations that are listed in the handbook. The handbook attributes the job growth to factors such as organizations upgrading their equipment, and computer systems becoming more complex. Three areas where the handbook predicts highest job growth are at firms that provide cloud-computing technology, firms that specialize in computer systems and design, and the healthcare industry. One area where job growth is not as strong is call centers, where jobs are being moved to lower cost regions of the U.S. as well as to countries with lower wage rates.

Earnings for a Computer Networking and Security Career

There is a wide range of earnings over the course of a computer networking and security career. The difference in wages may depend on a lot of different factors, such as your level of education, your years of experience, the industry in which you work, and your geographic location. For your very first job in the field, you can expect your pay to be less than the median wage, but as you continue to work successfully in your field and demonstrate your skills, you may be able to earn raises and apply for higher-level positions as you gain on-the-job experience. To learn more about the median wage and what you can expect to earn, read the Pay section for computer support specialists in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Computer Networking and Security and Certification

Branford Hall’s Computer Networking and Security program does not include certification. If you want to become certified, you will need to take exams from outside organizations. Your instructors, as well as the advisors in the Career Services department, can help you decide whether you want to pursue certifications, and if so, which ones would make the most sense for you.

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