What Is Computer Networking?

Computer networking is an engineering discipline that aims to study and analyze communication among various computing devices or computer systems that are linked, or networked together to exchange information and share resources.

Occupation Overview

Computer network professionals help manage the flow of information between two or more linked computers. They install and test computer and communications media, hardware and software and assist network administrators in the operations of computer hardware, software and communication devices that link computers and remote terminals.

They install, test and debug new network software and hardware. They write documentation and instructions for proper use of the network and help users who need guidance or run into problems.

They help network managers in the evaluation of new applications for use on the network and help install and test software that protects the security of information stored in a network system. They evaluate and install software to guard against computer viruses.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of computer network architects is projected to grow 15 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer network professionals will increase as firms continue to expand wireless and mobile networks.

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Computer Networking Careers

SCC graduates are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: computer network engineer, network security specialist, network security administrator, network security engineer, information systems security manager, systems security administrator, data security analyst and chief security officer.

Salary Outlook

In Missouri, the median hourly wage is $46.16 for computer network architects and $30.93 for computer network support specialists. Established computer network professionals earn between $55,900 and $94,320 per year.

Sources: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems.

Degree Name: Networking C.A.
Degree or Program: Networking
Degree Type: Certificate of Achievement
Description:
Computer networking programs at St. Charles Community College provide hands-on, skills-based training in state-of-the-art classroom labs. They help to prepare you for the corporate workplace and industry certifications. Learn how to configure, manage, troubleshoot and secure network workstations, servers, routers, switches and networks.
General Education Requirements
Must Include: CPT 103, CPT 105, MAT 121
13
  COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
Mathematics MAT 098 or higher

Beginning Algebra

4  
Communication ENG 101 or
ENG 102 or
ENG 115 or
ENG 125 or
SPE 101
English Composition I
English Composition II
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Oral Communication
3
Social Sciences Pick one:
HIS 101
HIS 102
HIS 115
HIS 270
POL 101
POL 102

US History to 1877
US History Since 1877
US History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government
3
Elective Any ANT
Any ART
BAS 103
Any BIO
CPT 103, 115
Any CHM
Any ECO
EDU 220
Any ENG
Any Foreign Language
Any GEO
Any HIS
Any LIT
Any MAT
Any MUS
Any PHE
Any PHL
Any PHY
Any POL
Any PSY
Any SOC
Any SPE
Any THE
  3
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS MUST INCLUDE: 19
  CPC 107 A+ (Computer Repair & Maintenance 5
  CPC 125 Windows Desktop Operating Systems 3
  CPC 170 CCNA1 5
  CPC 180 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3
  CPC 160 Security Fundamentals 3
ELECTIVE COURSES** 0
None        
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 32

Courses by Semester

FIRST SEMESTER 15
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
Pick One:
ENG 101
ENG 102
ENG 115
ENG 125
SPE 101

English Composition 1
English Composition 1
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Oral Communication
3
MAT 098 or higher Beginning Algebra 4
CPC 107 A+ (computer Repait & Maintenance) 5
CPC 125 Windows Desktop Operating Systems 3
SECOND SEMESTER 17
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CH
Pick One:
HIS 101
HIS 102
HIS 115
HIS 270
POL 101
POL 101

US History to 1877
US History Since 1877
US History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government
3
Elective Any ANT
Any ART
BAS 103
Any BIO
CPT 103, 115
Any CHM
Any ECO
EDU 220
Any ENG
Any Foreign Language
Any GEO
Any HIS
Any LIT
Any MAT
Any MUS
Any PHE
Any PHL
Any PHY
Any POL
Any PSY
Any SOC
Any SPE
Any THE
3
CPC 170 CCNA1 5
CPC 160 Security Fundamentals 3
CPC 180 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3
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