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Computer Networking Schools and Programs

If you love using new and innovative technology and want to apply your passion to a new career, it might be time to consider pursuing postsecondary education at one of the many computer networking schools available in your area. Doing so could help you begin a career in any number of positions that work with computers, including a career as a computer network architect, network systems administrator, or computer support specialist. Computer networking schools can prepare you by introducing you to the complex networks that build the framework for today's highly connected world.

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Computer networking specializations

Although many professionals list computer networking skills as one of the main components of their job, the following computer networking specializations are some of the most common:

  • Network engineers use their expertise and readily available data to create models of future computer networks.
  • Network and computer systems administrators perform a wide range of computer-related tasks for their organization including troubleshooting computer network issues or bugs, maintaining network and computer system security, and determining organizational network needs.
  • Computer network support specialists test and analyze existing computer networks to ensure efficiency, perform regular maintenance, and troubleshoot existing local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs).

Computer networking certifications and degrees

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), both computer network architects and computer network administrators typically begin their careers with a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field such as information technology or computer science. Computer network support specialists may fare well with an associate's degree in a computer-related field, but a bachelor's degree is almost always preferred. In fact, the BLS asserts that with so many advances in network technology, some employers may even prefer a master's degree.

With any of these professions, courses in computer science, information technology, and engineering are always helpful. Due to the ever-evolving nature of this profession, computer networking professionals are usually required to complete additional educational requirements as their careers progress, or participate in continuing education courses. Some technology workers also pursue certificates in specific computer programs that can lead to advanced certifications or credentials. These certifications are likely to improve your job prospects because they not only show competence but also add bulk to any resume.

Computer networking salary and career outlook

Since technology in the workplace is becoming more and more prevalent, job prospects for those in all computer-related fields are expected to be good. Specifically, the BLS projects that employment for all computer occupations will increase 18 percent nationally from 2012 to 2022. Meanwhile, computer network architects are expected to see a 15 percent job growth rate during the same timeframe, network and computer systems administrators will see 12 percent growth, and computer network support specialists will see a 7 percent growth.

According to Projections Central, the following states are expected to see the most growth for each profession from 2012 to 2022:

Computer Network Architects:

  • Virginia: 24.5%
  • California: 23.6%
  • Utah: 23.2%
  • New Hampshire: 23%
  • Nebraska: 22.9%

Computer Network Support Specialists:

  • Louisiana: 25.5%
  • Washington: 20.6%
  • Wyoming: 20.2%
  • Utah: 19.3%
  • Florida: 17.5%

Network and Computer Systems Administrators:

  • Florida: 25.9%
  • Colorado: 25.7%
  • Louisiana: 25.1%
  • Utah: 25%
  • Texas: 21.5%

In addition to bright job prospects, many computer networking careers boast higher than average pay. According to the BLS, the annual mean wage for computer network architects was $97,700 nationally in 2013. Meanwhile, the annual mean wage was $77,910 nationally for computer network and systems administrators and $64,160 for computer network support specialists.

Starting a new career in computers seems like a good idea for anyone who has a knack for technology and a desire to get ahead. Fortunately, computer networking schools can start you on the track to success. All you have to do to get started is make a commitment and forge ahead.


Sources:

Computer Network Architects, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-network-architects.htm#tab-1

Computer Support Specialists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm#tab-1

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#15-0000

Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm#tab-1

Projections Central, Long-Term Occupational Projections, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

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At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

Programs : Computer Career - Networking, and more.

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Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

Specialized, industry-current knowledge and skills for goal-oriented professionals.

Programs : Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Network Management, Master of Science in Computer Science – Computer Systems Security, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Security, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Get hands-on training with Remington College. Prefer to speak with a Customer Service Rep? Call 855-264-3155 toll-free now!

Programs : AS in Computer and Network Administration, and more.

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Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

Memphis: 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Memphis, TN 38132

Lafayette: 303 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette, LA 70508

Mobile: 828 Downtowner Loop West Mobile, AL 36609

Founded in 1886, American National University (ANU) is dedicated to the training and education of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of fields in Business & Health care.

Programs : Network Administration - Bachelor, Network Administration - Associate, and more.

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Fort Wayne: 6131 North Clinton St Fort Wayne, IN 46825

South Bend: 1030 East Jefferson Blvd South Bend, IN 46617

Youngstown: 3487 Belmont Ave Youngstown, OH 44505

Stow: 3855 Fishcreek Rd Stow, OH 44224

Wickliffe: 27557 Chardon Rd Wickliffe, OH 44092

Canton: 4736 Dressler Rd NW Canton, OH 44718

Florence: 8095 Connector Dr Florence, KY 41042

Indianapolis: 6060 Castleway West Dr Indianapolis, IN 46250

Columbus: 5665 Forest Hills Blvd Columbus, OH 43231

As an accredited university with online degree programs in five schools, Capella University is committed to helping you accomplish your goals through a high-caliber educational experience.

Programs : BS - Network Technology: Cisco (ABET-accredited), BS - Network Technology: Microsoft (ABET-accredited), MS - Network Management, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Take a step forward in your career with Bryan University.

Programs : Computer Networking Specialist, Computer Information Systems - Networking, and more.

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Springfield: 4255 Nature Center Way Springfield, MO 65806

Topeka: 1527 S.W. Fairlawn Rd. Topeka, KS 66604

Making the decision to earn your degree and pursue your career goals could be the best decision you ever make. Enroll at ECPI University and you’ll join a collaborative and fostering learning environment, surrounded by faculty and staff who are there to support you through the entire process.   Call Now to talk to a representative : 844-289-5375

Programs : Network Security - Associate, Network Security - Bachelor, and more.

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Greenville: 1001 Keys Drive #100 Greenville, SC 29615

Glen Allen: 4305 Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060

North Charleston: 7410 Northside Drive Suite G101 North Charleston, SC 29420

Virginia Beach: 5555 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Roanoke: 5234 Airport Rd NW Roanoke, VA 24012

Manassas: 10021 Balls Ford Road #100 Manassas, VA 20109

Charlotte: 124 Floyd Smith Drive Charlotte, NC 28262

Richmond: 800 Moorefield Park Drive Richmond, VA 23236

Newport News: 1001 Omni Boulevard Newport News, VA 23606

Columbia: 250 Berryhill Road #300 Columbia, SC 29210

Greensboro: 7802 Airport Center Drive Greensboro, NC 27409

Start the next chapter of your life with an Associate or Bachelor degree from Miller-Motte College Online Division.

Programs : Network Administration and Security - Diploma, and more.

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Wilmington: 5000 Market St Wilmington, NC 28405

Raleigh: 3901 Capital Boulevard Raleigh, NC 27604

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org).

Programs : BS in Information Technology-Networking & Telecommunications, BS in Information Technology - Advanced Networking, BS in Information Technology-Information System Security, and more.

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Greenbelt: 7852 Walker Dr Greenbelt, MD 20770

Clearfield: 1366 Legend Hills Drive Clearfield, UT 84015

Temple Terrace: 12802 Tampa Oaks Boulevard Suite 200 Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Salt Lake City: 5373 S Green Street Suite 300 Salt Lake City, UT 84123

Springfield: 1343 East Kingsley Street Suite B,C Springfield, MO 65804

Washington: 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 150 Washington, DC 20001

Braintree: 100 Grossman Drive Suite 201 Braintree, MA 02184

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

Colorado Springs: 5725 Mark Dabling Boulevard Suite 150 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Albuquerque: 7471 Pan American West Freeway NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Pleasant Grove: 2174 West Grove Parkway Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Columbia: 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive Suite 200 Columbia, SC 29223

Orlando: 8325 South Park Circle Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32819

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Santa Teresa: 1270 Country Club Road Santa Teresa, NM 88008

West Des Moines: 6600 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266

Phoenix: 9520 West Palm Lane Phoenix, AZ 85037

Flowood: 120 Stone Creek Blvd. Suite 200 Flowood, MS 39232

Arlington: 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

Bossier City: 350 Plaza Loop Drive Bldg E Bossier City, LA 71111

Discover the Advantages of Porter and Chester . At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re serious about preparing you for career success.

Programs : Computer and Network Technology, and more.

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Worcester: 220 Brooks Street Worcester, MA 01606

Woburn: 8 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801

Stratford: 670 Lordship Boulevard Stratford, CT 06615

Oakville: 320 Sylvan Lake Road Oakville, CT 06779

Rocky Hill: 30 Waterchase Dr Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Branford: 221 West Main Street Branford, CT 06405

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