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Network & Computer System Administrator AAS Degree

The Computer Information Technology (CIT) department offers educational programs designed to provide students with current technological skills needed for the work-place. Working closely with local business and community leaders, several certificates and degrees have been developed for many workforce needs, including advancing career or college transfer goals. The CIT program provides leading-edge technology to promote relevant job skills in CISCO, Microsoft, Programming, Mobile Application Development, Cybersecurity, and more. The CIT program is suitable for:

  1. First time computer users
  2. High school graduates with some computer training
  3. Professionals seeking cross-training or updated/new skills

The CIT certificates and degrees are designed for students with no experience as well as students with industry experience and/or prior degrees.

The specialty certificates designed for those who want advanced skills include:

  1. Microsoft Networking
  2. Cisco internetworking
  3. Programming

Some of the job market titles addressed by these certificates and degrees are:

  1. Network Technician
  2. Network Administrator
  3. Network Engineer/Designer
  4. Network Security Specialist
  5. Programmer
  6. Mobile Application Developer
  7. Security Operations Specialist

Students seeking degrees in computer information technology may follow a plan that adds academic courses to the two levels of certificates.

Students will find coursework, taught by certified instructors, in our certificate and degree programs that lead to professional certification from vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco, ITIL, and CompTIA.

To see more information on this be sure to visit our Network & Computer System Administrator AAS Degree Page.

Network & Computer System Administrator AAS Degree. (n.d.). Retrieved August 18, 2020, from https://www.lonestar.edu/programs-of-study/Integrated-Technology-AAS.htm

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Introduction

'Technology is best when it brings people together’ – Matt Mullenweg

     

  This guide serves to assist students in the process of successfully completing their Network & Computer System Administrator AAS degree program.

Network and Computer System Administrator

Q&A -- System Admin Vs. Network Admin

System Administrator Salary and Jobs

What do Network and Computer System Administrators Do?

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s system needs and install network hardware and software
  • Make needed upgrades and repairs to networks and ensure that systems are operating correctly
  • Maintain network and computer system security
  • Evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network, and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that a problem exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

Administrators may help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Network and Computer Systems Administrators,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (visited August 08, 2020).

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