Information Technology Associate Degree

The ever-growing field of information technology is a fantastic choice to start a new career, and the first step can be an associate's degree. This article looks at some of the common courses in associate programs, and what you can do in the IT field with a degree. Schools offering Information Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Information Technology (IT) Associate's Degree Programs Are Available?

Your IT program may develop skills in the setup, communication and storage of information through an organization's network. Upon completion, your 2-year program may grant you an Associate of Applied Science degree.

You may be able to find distance education programs for this field, but they mostly cover theory, concepts and fundamentals. Your hands-on training may also develop a familiarity with Windows, Linux and UNIX operating systems.

Program LengthTwo years
Course FormatOn campus or online
Common ClassesNetwork maintenance, network fundamentals, web design, database concepts
Career OptionsSupport specialist, data processing auditor, computer specialist, network technician
Job Growth (2014-2024)*12% for computer support specialists, 8% for network and systems administrators

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Can I Expect?

Your program may feature courses in computer networks, database management systems, Web design and database concepts. Other core courses include programming network fundamentals, network maintenance and systems analysis. General education courses in mathematics, English composition, general science, humanities, social science and communication may be required.

What Can I Do With My Education?

After earning an associate's degree, you may qualify for an entry-level career as an IT specialist, network technician, help desk analyst, support specialist, computer specialist or data processing auditor. You may be required to earn vendor certification to work with certain computer or network systems.

Although you may be able to find entry-level careers available, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests that you may want to continue your education with a bachelor's degree education (www.bls.gov). A bachelor's degree program can prepare you for most administrator or manager positions.

What Is My Job Outlook?

The following is a list of careers available if you graduate from an associate's degree program, along with the median annual incomes for those careers as reported by the BLS for May 2014:

  • Computer support specialist: $47,610
  • Systems or network administrator: $75,790

According to the BLS, the demand for computer support specialists is expected to increase by 12% between 2014 and 2024. The employment of systems administrators and network administrators may also grow 8% between 2014 and 2024. The increase in these positions may be caused by a greater use of network technologies and the need for technical support workers.

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