Data Communications Technology: Diploma Summary

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A data communications technology diploma will train you to become a data communications analyst, network administrator or database administrator. Typical courses include networking, cyber security and network maintenance. Read on to find out more.
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What is a Data Communications Technology Diploma?

This diploma program concentrates on the skills necessary to set up and maintain computers and on-line networks. You will learn both the theoretical and practical applications of communications technology so that you stay on the cusp of this emerging field.

Skills You Will Learn

In this diploma program, you will learn about data communications and networking. Learn how to set up a LAN or WAN and about Internet protocols and standards. You will also learn how to troubleshoot and fix problems with networks, maintain a secure network, and handle network security breaches.

Courses

In the typical data communications technology diploma program, you will encounter the following courses:

  • Intro to Networking
  • Internet Standards and Protocols
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Cyber Security
  • Network Maintenance

Why Get a Data Communications Technology Diploma?

The field of data communications is highly technical and requires specific training in Internet and networking technologies. A diploma will ensure that you are qualified to be a data communications technologist and show to employers that you have the necessary skills.

What Can I Do with a Data Communications Technology Diploma?

With this diploma, you can go on to a career as a data communications analyst, network administrator, database administrator, or similar position in a wide variety of businesses and organizations, or become self-employed.

Job Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that the demand for network administrators will grow much faster than average until the year 2014. The median annual income for these positions in 2004 was around $60,000.

Popular Schools

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    1. Colorado Technical University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctorate: Computer Science
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      • M.S. - Information Technology - Network Management
      • MS - Computer Science - Computer Systems Security
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      • Master of Science in Computer Science
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      • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Computer Systems Security
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    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • MS in Cybersecurity Management
    Bachelor's
      • BSIT: Network Admin
      • BSIT - Information Management
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    Associate's
      • AASIT: Network Admin
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    3. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
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    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
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    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
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    Certificate
      • Networking Systems Certificate
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    6. Full Sail University

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    Bachelor's
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Game Design (Campus)
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    7. Lincoln Tech

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    Certificate
      • Technology and Skilled Trades
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    8. Utica College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis
      • MBA - Cyber Policy
      • MBA - Cybersecurity
      • MBA Economic Crime and Fraud Management
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
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    Bachelor's
      • BS in Cybersecurity - Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
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      • Monitoring, Surveillance, and Intelligence Operations Cert
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    9. ECPI University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Network Security
      • Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
    Associate's
      • Associate's - Network Security
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    10. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Management Information Systems
    Associate's
      • Associate: Network Engineering
    Certificate
      • Certification - Network Technician

Featured Schools

Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate: Computer Science
  • M.S. - Information Technology - Network Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Computer Systems Security

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Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • BSIT: Network Admin
  • AASIT: Network Admin

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
  • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
  • Networking Systems Certificate

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Full Sail University

  • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
  • BS - Game Design (Campus)

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Lincoln Tech

  • Technology and Skilled Trades

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Utica College

  • Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis
  • BS in Cybersecurity - Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
  • Monitoring, Surveillance, and Intelligence Operations Cert

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