What Is a Unix Degree?

A handful of schools offer UNIX training programs that can provide you with a foundational knowledge of the UNIX operating system and its uses. Keep reading to learn about UNIX program options, common topics of study and your career options after completion. Schools offering Computer Programming degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Earn A UNIX Degree?

You'll find some schools that offer UNIX degree and certificate programs. However, most schools offer associate degree programs in networking or information technology that include a UNIX concentration. These programs are designed to train you in LINUX programming and administration and help prepare you for professional UNIX certification. Some schools also offer certificate programs in UNIX. A certificate program offers UNIX training similar to an associate degree program, but will take you less time to complete.

Program TypesCertificates, associate's degrees
Common Course TopicsSystem administration, internals, shell script programming, information technology, general education courses
Online AvailabilityPrograms are available online
Median Salary (2018) $82,050* (for network and computer systems administrators)
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 6% growth* (for all network and computer systems administrators

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Is The Curriculum Like?

If you enroll in an associate degree program in information technology or networking with a UNIX concentration, you'll likely be required to complete a series of core classes in computer science and general education, in addition to UNIX courses. Certificate programs typically will not include courses outside of your UNIX curriculum. Most UNIX programs include courses like UNIX system administration, UNIX shell script programming and UNIX internals.

Can I Complete These Programs Online?

Some schools offer UNIX information technology and UNIX certificate programs online. These programs typically have the same curricula as campus-based programs, but coursework and lectures are delivered over the Internet. You will need a broadband Internet connection to take online courses, as well as an updated browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. You also might need additional media software, such as Windows Media Player or Adobe Acrobat.

What Can I Do With A UNIX Degree or Certificate?

Most UNIX degree and certificate programs will prepare you for UNIX certification. You may become certified in UNIX as a network administrator or a system administrator. Both types of certification require you to take one or more certification exams. According to a 2018 study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), network and systems administrators earned a median annual salary of $82,050.

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