Internetwork Engineering Training and Degree Programs

Learn about internetwork engineering programs and the degree levels available. Get information about the courses commonly offered in these programs along with information about salary and employment outlook. Schools offering Computer Networking degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Most Common Internetwork Engineering Programs?

The most common programs that cover internetwork engineering award 2-year degrees. Specifically, you can earn your Associate of Applied Science in Computer Internetworking Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology with an emphasis on internetworking, Associate in Science in Electronics - Internetworking Technician or Associate of Science in Internetworking Technology and Cisco Administration. Many of these programs focus on a specific type of networking technology or proprietary product.

Program Fields Internetworking technology and Cisco administration, computer Internetworking technology, electronics, electronic engineering technology
Skill Acquired Prepares you for certification exams or entry into a 4-year or certificate program
Common Courses Data communications, telephony, computer forensics, troubleshooting, hardware maintenance
Possible Careers Computer support specialist, network administrator
Median Salary (2018) $62,770 (for all computer network support specialists)
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 8% growth (for all computer network support specialists)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Should I Consider This Training?

The basic purpose of a 2-year program is to provide you with basic entry-level skills as a computer support specialist and the foundation to continue your study in a 4-year or certificate program. After you earn a degree, you'll be able to troubleshoot wide area networks and local area networks, install computer hardware and understand how data is transmitted or switched through the use of internetworking technologies. Many programs also prepare you to take professional certification exams specific to a particular vendor. These exams may cover Cisco, Panduit, Microsoft, Novell and other software or networking products.

What Courses Will I Take?

While you earn an associate's degree, you can expect to take coursework that covers computer hardware maintenance, installation and troubleshooting. You can also expect to learn about computer security, data communications, routers, switches and the theory behind IP and routing protocols. Other coursework will teach you about telephony, voice over IP (VOIP) and computer forensics.

What Can I Expect in the Workforce?

Although many computer specialist and network administration positions require a bachelor's degree, you can enter the workforce after you earn a 2-year degree focused on internetworking. Many graduates begin their careers as support specialists, acquire experience on the job and work their way into positions as network administrators.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that employment of computer support specialists would grow by 11% between 2016 and 2026. The BLS also reported that median annual wages for network support specialists were $62,770 in 2018. Increased demand for support specialists is attributed to an increased reliance on technology; moreover, most of this demand will be in industries that are focused on or heavily rely upon software publishing, data processing, computer systems and scientific research.

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