Information Technology: Career Diploma Description

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In an information technology diploma program, you will prepare yourself for a career as a computer support specialist, computer systems analyst, or similar occupation. Coursework includes instruction in computer science, various programming languages, network administration, and operating systems. Read on to find out more.
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Why Get an Information Technology Diploma?

This diploma will make you desirable to a variety of different employers in many sectors, since most operations use computer technology in some way and need people to install and maintain that technology. Additionally, because of the technical nature of information technology, a diploma will ensure that you have the proper training and show to employers that you are qualified to be a computer support specialist.

Job Opportunities

Those who graduate from this diploma program go on to become computer support specialists, computer systems analysts, or similar professionals. Their primary duties are creating computer applications, installing and maintaining computer networks, hardware, and software, and providing support for those computers and networks. They are employed in a variety of fields, including education, manufacturing, business and government institutions.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), the demand for computer systems analysts and support specialists will grow faster than the national average until at least the year 2014. Demand for these positions will remain high as the computing industry continues to surge.

Salary Information

The median annual income of computer support specialists and systems analysts in 2004 was around $40,400.

Diploma Specifics

Courses:

An information technology degree program typically contains the following courses:

  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Computer Network Administration
  • Programming Languages (Java, C++)
  • Database Maintenance
  • Electronics

Skills You Will Learn

While studying for an information technology diploma, you will learn how to write computer applications using common programming languages, install and maintain computer networks, and create and maintain computer databases.

Popular Schools

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    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • MS in Information Technology - Business Intelligence and Analytics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BS in IT - IT Management
      • BSIT: Network Admin
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
      • BS in Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Campus and Online Programs
    2. Louisiana State University Shreveport

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Data Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS: Computer Science
      • BS: Computer Science - Information Assurance
      • BS: Computer Information Systems
      • BS: Cybersecurity
      • BA: Business Administration - Technology Management
    Associate's
      • AA: Information Technology
      • AA: Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Trident University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Information Technology Management (BSITM)
      • Computer Sciences (BSCS)
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
      • PhD-TIM - Cybersecurity
      • PhD-TIM - Data Science
    Master's
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • MSTIM - Computer Science
      • MSTIM - Cybersecurity
      • MSTIM - Data Science
      • MSTIM - Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Data Science
  • Online Programs Available
    6. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    7. The University of Scranton

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
      • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology - General
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology - Information Security
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Cyber Security, M.S.
    Bachelor's
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S.
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Database Management
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Networking
      • Information Systems Mgmt., B.S.
    Associate's
      • Computer Information Technology, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    10. University of Fairfax

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctorate of Information Assurance
    Master's
      • Master of Computer Science and Engineering

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • AASIT: Network Admin

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Louisiana State University Shreveport

  • MBA Data Analytics

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Saint Leo University

  • BS: Computer Science
  • BS: Computer Science - Information Assurance
  • AA: Information Technology
  • AA: Cybersecurity

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Trident University

  • Information Technology Management (BSITM)
  • Computer Sciences (BSCS)

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • MBA - Applied Computer Science
  • MSTIM - Computer Science

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The George Washington University

  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership

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The University of Scranton

  • MBA - Enterprise Resource Planning

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Regent University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

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