Why minor in Networking?
It almost goes without saying today that all businesses have been impacted significantly by technology. But it is worth saying that there are an army of professionals that insure that the technology and the people that use it remain continuously productive. This is why US Department of Labor estimates that many professions related to networking will grow rapidly in the next several years.
Where do Networking Professionals work?
- Networking Administrator - A network administrator is responsible for ensuring smooth operation of the corporate computer network. This goal is accomplished through knowledge, skill, planning, detective work, and sometimes diplomacy. Often the administrator alone, through training and proper configuration, can enable the end user and his or her PC to function together as a productive unit.
- Computer Support Specialist - The computer support specialist is responsible for ensuring proper day-to-day operation of corporate computers. To be successful, technical knowledge and skills must be combined with an understanding of the user's needs. The ultimate goal is a reliable computer system enabling an employee's productivity. As computer hardware and software become more sophisticated and continue to change at a fast pace, support specialists will be needed to educate and update users. College graduates with strong computer and communications skills combined with practical work experience will do best in the job market.
- Computer Systems Analyst - Computer systems analysts solve computer problems and use computer technology to meet the needs of an organization. They may design and develop new computer systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software. They may also devise ways to apply existing systems’ resources to additional tasks. Most systems analysts work with specific types of computer systems—for example, business, accounting, or financial systems or scientific and engineering systems—that vary with the kind of organization. Analysts who specialize in helping an organization select the proper system software and infrastructure are often called system architects. Analysts who specialize in developing and fine-tuning systems often are known as systems designers.
What are the course requirements for a minor in Networking?
In addition to all other Information Technology degree requirements, the Networking Minor requires successful completion of 21 credits in Information Technology courses.
This must consist of:
▪ Four (4) required Networking Minor courses - 12 credits
▪ Three (3) required Networking Minor Elective Course - 9 credits