What is Networking?  Individuals working in the computer networking field are responsible for both the physical and virtual aspects of a computer network.  The network could include computers, routers and switches, printers, servers, voice over internet phones, and other office equipment.  Network administrators typically work in an office environment, sitting at a desk for long periods of time or crouching down and reaching around computers and servers to work with network cables.  They are typically mid-level support staff who do not usually interact directly with network users.

Job Opportunities

As businesses and organizations increasingly rely on technology for day-to-day operations, the role of computer networking professionals becomes increasingly important.  Because organizations of all types use computer technology, opportunities are available in a wide variety of industries.  Networking professionals usually start in entry-level positions and work their way toward greater levels of experience and responsibility, since experience is a requirement for most jobs in this field.  Professional certifications such as the Cisco Certified Network Administrator or Professional (CCNA or CCNP) will assist you in getting an entry-level position, since these certifications demonstrate to employers that you have the necessary technical skills.  The Network Design Associate Degree and Certificate at SCC help prepare you for both the CCNA and CCNP certifications, while the Degree additionally serves as transfer preparation for Bachelor Degree programs in IT.  The Network Administration Degree and Certificate at SCC help prepare for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) exams.

Necessary Skills

Technical skills are a must and can be demonstrated by passing professional certifications.  Because IT is constantly changing, individuals do well in this field if they are proactive both in learning new technology skills and in solving network problems that may arise.  Because of the vital role that a computer network plays in an organization, successful individuals are also able to communicate effectively to people who don’t know the technical terms.  The more business skills you are able to add to your technical know-how, the better chance you have of being hired or promoted.

Pathways to Completion

Check out the different degree and certificate options below. Get an idea of what major-related courses you'd need to take each semester to graduate in two years. Meet with a counselor or chat with your professor to find out what the best option is for you.

  • Advanced CISCO Networking

    The Advanced CISCO Networking Certificate recognizes the advanced skills needed for job enhancement and promotion in today’s networking and Internet environment.  It focuses on advanced knowledge and skills required… MORE >>

  • Network Administration

    The Network Administration Degree and Certificate of Achievement provide the skills needed in the networking environment. Focus is on the knowledge and skills required for day-to-day operation and management… MORE >>

  • Network Design

    The Network Design Degree and Certificate of Achievement provides the skills needed in the networking environment. Focus is on the knowledge and skills required for day-to-day operation and management… MORE >>