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Computer Technology and Networking Associate Degree

Learn about the career options an associate's degree in computer technology and networking can provide you. See about course and program information, and get details about online learning options, too.

What Is an Associate's Degree in Computer Technology?

In the computer technology and networking associate's degree program, you will learn the fundamentals of working with computers. Your program may focus on one of several different areas related to computer technology. One area may be networking, which is the process of linking multiple computers to one another to operate a business system more efficiently. Other areas your program may focus on including programming or database creation.

Common Courses Computer information systems, corporate technology, networking, personal computing, programming
Online Availability Online programs may be available
Continuing Education Bachelor's degrees are available; credits may transfer from completed degree
Possible Careers Database administrator, network administrator
Median Salary (2020)* $98,860 (for all database administrators
Job Outlook (2019-2029)* 10% growth (for all database administrators

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

What Courses Will I Take?

Associate's degrees typically take two years to complete. During those two years, you will take general education and computer technology classes. Many of the classes that you take in an associate's degree program are similar to courses in bachelor's degree programs, and the credits may transfer to 4-year schools. Examples of courses include:

  • Computer information systems
  • Corporate technology
  • Networking
  • Personal computing
  • Programming
  • Web design

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

In addition to earning your degree from a traditional on-campus program, you may be able to earn your degree online. Online programs are similar to traditional programs, as both require you to listen to lectures, complete coursework and take tests. One difference is that online programs are generally more flexible. For example, many online courses allow you to listen to lectures throughout the day. Online courses also typically provide forums that encourage discussion between classmates about important and interesting topics raised in lectures.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

There are several things you can do once you have earned your degree. Your first option is to move on with your education. With your associate's degree, you may be able to complete a bachelor's degree in a computer-related area in two years. If you don't continue your education, you can look for employment after completing your associate's degree. Careers opportunities may be available as database and network administrators.