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

  • Online Programs Available
    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 Cybersecurity Management
      • MS in Information Technology - Business Intelligence and Analytics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BSIT - Information Management
      • BSIT: Network Admin
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
      • BS in Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • Associate: Information Technology
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctorate: C.S. - Enterprise Information Systems
      • Doctor of Computer Science - Big Data Analytics (Executive Format)
      • Doctorate: Computer Science
      • Doctorate - Computer Science: Information Assurance (Executive Format)
      • Doctor of Management - Technology Management (Executive Format)
    Master's
      • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management
      • M.S. - Information Technology
      • M.S. - Information Technology - Security Management
      • M.S. - Information Technology - Project Management
      • MS - Computer Science - Computer Systems Security
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - IT
      • BS - IT - Security
      • Bachelor: Information Technology
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Data Management
      • BS - Information Systems Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Computer Systems Security
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Human Resources and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology Admin and Management With No Declared Minor or Concentration
      • Bachelor: Technology Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Information Systems
      • M.A. - Teaching and Learning with Technology
    Bachelor's
      • BA/Sports and Recreation Management - Information Systems
  • 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
      • MBA - Computer and Information Security
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. Everest

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate's - Computer Information Science
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    7. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA with an Emphasis in Data Analytics
      • Bridge (Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Data Analytics)
    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security
      • BS in Business Admin. - Business Intelligence
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology - General
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate in Intelligence
      • Post-Master's Certificate in Sequence Analysis and Genomics

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Associate: Information Technology

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate: C.S. - Enterprise Information Systems
  • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management
  • BS - Business Administration - IT

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
  • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management

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Ashford University

  • MBA - Information Systems
  • M.A. - Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management - Information Systems

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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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Everest

  • Associate's - Computer Information Science

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Lincoln Tech

  • Technology and Skilled Trades

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA with an Emphasis in Data Analytics
  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Information Technology

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