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I.T. Networking

Career Outlook:

Earning Potential:

Median: $80,600/year

* Requires Bachelor's Degree

Job Growth:

3% (Average)



  • Introduction to computer networking concepts and protocols
  • Network architecture and design
  • Network security and cyber threats
  • Operating systems and server administration
  • Network troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Network infrastructure and cabling
  • Virtualization and cloud computing
  • Wireless and mobile networking
  • Network automation and scripting
  • Career exploration and job readiness
  • And more!

The Networking program at Collins Career Technical Center is designed for high school students interested in pursuing a career in computer networking. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and maintain computer networks. In addition, students will learn to work with network operating systems, troubleshoot common network problems, and manage network security. The program also prepares students for college, emphasizing developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Upon completion of the program, students can earn industry certifications, such as CompTIA A+ and Network+.

What do I.T. Networking Technicians Do?

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.

Careers in this Field

Immediate Careers:

  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Computer Repair Technician
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Systems Administrator
  • Data Center Technician
  • Network Administrator

Careers with an Associate's Degree:

  • Network Security Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Information Systems Technician
  • IT Consultant
  • Cloud Computing Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Operations Center (NOC) Technician

Careers with a Bachelor's Degree or Beyond:

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Cybersecurity Manager
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Network Architect
  • Systems Architect
  • Database Architect
  • IT Director
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Information Security Analyst

These are just a few examples of the many career paths that a student who graduated from our I.T. Networking program could pursue with different levels of education and training. The field of information technology (IT) offers a wide range of opportunities for those who are passionate about technology and enjoy working with computer systems and networks.


Marcelo Ruriani

IT Networking Teacher
High School

Shannon Perdue

Technology Academy Supervisor, School Instructional Coach
High School

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