Computer and Network Support Technician
The demand for computer networking skills spans most industries in the United States. In states like New Jersey, this demand is particularly great due to the proximity of jobs in the New York City metro area. Combined with the demand for computer networking technicians, now is an excellent time to enter this field. As projected by U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20,000 network and support specialists are needed in total across the New Jersey and New York City area by 20261.
There is a wide variety of roles and responsibilities for people who understand technical computer issues and can communicate those details to the customer. Computer and Network Support Technicians might not only install, maintain and repair hardware and software, they may also be called upon to train the user in its operation. A network and support technician who is excellent at both the technical and soft skills is quite a valuable asset for any company.
The Computer and Network Support Technician (CNST) training program at the Paramus campus has been designed to prepare you to enter the IT industry as a skilled network support technician. 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 be an entry-level technician with the knowledge to be useful on the first day of work.
Training includes the capstone course of the program, which provides you with real-world IT systems experience. The CNST program also provides a 90-hour internship which provides a great asset for your résumé when you enter the field as a technician.
Job Outlook for New Jersey
The employment outlook for computer network support specialists by state shows that the demand in New Jersey is growing at a rate of 4% from 2016 to 20262.
Computer & Network Support Program Highlights
- Systems and Support Operations
- Repair and Support of Desktop PC systems
- Cloud Computing with Remote Service
- Windows Servers and Support
- Networking with Firewalls and Routing
- Computer Operating Systems Diagnosis & Repair
- Preparation for CompTIA Certifications in IT Fundamentals, A+, and Net+
- An information technology internship to gain real-world experience
1 Combined total positions calculated using the NJ data supplied in the second footnote, and aggregating it with the statistical information for New York city as supplied by at U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the years 2016-2026, through the Career One Stop website. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode=151152&location=New%20York%20City,%20NY Data retrieved on June 23, 2020.
2 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=New%20Jersey Data retrieved on June 23, 2020.
* See projected annual job openings for New Jersey at the URL in reference #2.
The following career training program is currently available at Lincoln Tech in Paramus, New Jersey: