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Computer Networking Technology

Associate's Degree

Train for a Career in IT With a Computer Networking Degree

Complete your computer networking training in as little as 18 months.

Imagine a career where you could solve problems that help people do their jobs. Keeping computer networks and technology running efficiently is essential for today's businesses. When computer networks aren't working as they should, skilled network technicians are needed to repair the technology that supports business operations.

Brightwood College's computer networking technology degree program can help you develop the IT skills for network administration and computer systems support jobs. You will have the opportunity to apply what you learn in hands-on labs and simulations. Earning a computer networking degree can help you gain the skills you need to work in the IT field.

Students must have successfully completed the Network Support Technician diploma program from the same campus, or transfer into the program with the equivalent approved content from an approved Network Support Technician diploma program to receive block transfer credit.

Enroll today to start gaining experience that could help you stand out from the crowd.

Career-Focused Computer Networking Training

Our computer networking courses are designed to help you achieve the technical competencies you will need for jobs in IT. Through this program, you could acquire the technology skills needed to become a network operations analyst, network systems support, network technician, or similar position.

We take an active approach to learning that includes participation in group discussions and hands-on training. Our instructors strive to prepare you for real-world challenges by giving you the opportunity to practice troubleshooting and resolving IT issues while acquiring the computer networking skills required in the field.

You will have the opportunity to explore basic HTML scripting, practice using web development tools, and work on real-world networking cases. These immersive, practical application experiences are designed to help you achieve the problem-solving capabilities you will need on the job as a computer networking.  

Our computer networking degree program can teach you how to:

  • Install and maintain computer networks
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software problems
  • Manage databases and create database filters, forms, and reports
  • Develop web pages
  • Perform simple programming design
  • Support day-to-day computer operations
  • Provide increased network security
  • Understand the basics of WLANs

CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ Certification

Earning a computer networking certification can help validate your skills and enhance your credentials for IT jobs. Course instruction includes practice certification tests to assess preparedness to sit for CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA A+ certification. Learn more about CompTIA certifications at www.comptia.org.

Certification and licensure examinations vary by location. Please see your campus' course catalog to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to you.

What Is Computer Networking?

Computer networking is the process by which data is routed and exchanged between computers and network servers for the purpose of sharing information and resources. This connection allows networks joint use of programs, data, and information.

These shared resources help improve efficiency and allow employees to communicate and share information. Keeping these networks working properly and protected from hackers and computer viruses is essential for businesses to function.

Computer Networking Job Opportunities

Earning a computer networking technology associate's degree from Brightwood College can prepare you to pursue various jobs in computer networking, including:

  • Network operations analyst
  • Network systems support
  • Network specialist
  • Network technician
  • Network systems and data communications analyst

Computer networking and IT jobs can be found in a wide range of settings, such as:

  • Professional and technical services industries
  • Computer systems design companies
  • Administrative and support services companies
  • Financial, insurance, or educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Software publishing companies
  • Telecommunications organizations

Computer Networking Salaries

Businesses need skilled, talented networking technicians to keep their companies running smoothly. According to the Department of Labor, the IT industry is growing at a faster rate than the average for all occupations.* Experience, education, location, and specific job duties will impact computer networking pay scales. To research potential IT salaries for computer support specialists, network technicians, and related jobs, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Get Started Today

Earning an associate's degree in computer technology could lead to a bright new future. Fill out our information form or give us a call to learn more about how you could get started in the IT field.

 

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

This program in Maryland is an occupational degree program.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Computer Support Specialists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm (accessed March 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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