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 Cybersecurity Management
      • MS in Information Technology - Business Intelligence and Analytics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in IT in Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • 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. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Information Technology with a concentration in software application development
      • MS Information Technology
      • MS Information Technology: Internet Security Concentration
      • MS in Cyber Security with a concentration in IT management
      • MS Information Technology: Web Design Concentration
      • MBA in Information Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS Business Studies in Computer Information Technology
      • BS Management Information Systems - IT Mgmt
      • BS Management Information Systems - Project Mgmt
      • Bachelor of Science Information Technologies - Des
      • BS Computer Science
      • BS Game Programming and Development
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    3. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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
    5. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Business Intelligence
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Game Design (Campus)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. ECPI University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
      • Bachelor's - Mechatronics
      • Bachelor's - Network Security
    Associate's
      • Associate's - Network Security
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Everest

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate's - Computer Information Science
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
    9. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate in Intelligence
      • Post-Master's Certificate in Sequence Analysis and Genomics
  • Online Programs Available
    10. 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

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • BS in IT in Business
  • Associate: Information Technology

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MS in Information Technology with a concentration in software application development
  • MS Information Technology
  • BS Business Studies in Computer Information Technology
  • BS Management Information Systems - IT Mgmt

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Lincoln Tech

  • Technology and Skilled Trades

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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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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Business Intelligence
  • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
  • BS - Game Design (Campus)

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ECPI University

  • Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
  • Bachelor's - Mechatronics
  • Associate's - Network Security

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Everest

  • Associate's - Computer Information Science

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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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