Computer & Network Support Technician
The Associates in Specialized Technology degree program at Lincoln Tech’s Allentown campus is designed to prepare you for a career in Computer & Networking Support. The demand for computer networking skills spans most industries in America, and in states like Pennsylvania, this demand is particularly great due to the proximity of jobs in the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Scranton, Allentown and Pittsburgh. Combined with the demand for computer networking technicians, this is an excellent time to enter this field.
There is a wide variety of roles and responsibilities for people who understand technical computer issues and can communicate those details to the end user. Technicians in the computer and network support field might not only install, maintain and repair hardware and software, they may also train groups of users during the rollout of new software features. A talented and personable technician is a very valuable asset for any company.
An Associate Degree in Specialized Technology
The Computer and Network Support Technician program at the Allentown campus is an associate degree-granting program. This can increase your earning potential. This training program helps you prepare for industry certification exams, including A+ and Network+, that can increase your marketability to hiring managers, and you’ll gain valuable experience working in the on-site IT repair shop.
This program provides the fundamentals of information technology and networking, and guides the student to build upon this skillset. From computer repair and support, to advanced networking techniques, this program prepares you to enter the computer networking field and be useful on the first day of work.
Job Outlook for Pennsylvania
This degree program includes a 90-hour internship, which will be your first real-world IT systems experience. This will be a great asset for your résumé when you enter the field as a technician. The employment outlook for computer network support specialists in Pennsylvania shows that the demand is growing at a rate of 4% from 2016 to 20261.
Computer & Network Support Program Highlights
- Systems and Support Operations
- Repair and Support of Desktop PC Systems
- Cloud Computing with Remote Service
- Microsoft Windows Infrastructure, Servers and Support
- Linux+ and Security+
- Network Defense and Countermeasures
- Advanced Networking with Firewalls and Routing
- Diagnosis & Repair of Computer Operating Systems
- Preparation for CompTIA Certifications in IT Fundamentals, A+, and Net+
- An information technology internship to gain real-world experience
1 State-specific figures cited above are based on projected annual job openings which refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement. This data was compiled from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the years 2016-2026, through the Career One Stop website at https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode=151152&location=Pennsylvania Data retrieved on July 22, 2020.
The following career training program is currently available at Lincoln Tech in Allentown, Pennsylvania: