Computer Information Technology Associate in Science Degree (AS) Information

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Mr. Robert Pratten

(850) 484-2523
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Department Head
Mr. Robert Buchanan
(850) 484-1128
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Introduction to the Computer Information Technology Associate in Science Degree (AS) Program

The Computer Information Technology program prepares students by giving them a basic understanding of voice and data networks in their foundation courses. Typical job titles include computer repair technician, system administrator, network engineer, network security specialist and telecommunications specialist. By special agreement with the University of West Florida, students with an AS Degree can continue their studies in a Bachelor of Arts Degree program. If a student plans to do so, electives should be chosen carefully with the help of the department head. UWF will also require certain additional general education coursework for transferees holding the AS Degree.

Is This For You?

People in this career usually prefer to work indoors and organize things. They like to work with words, numbers, ideas, and things. People in this career are sometimes described as being careful, orderly, and persistent.

Beyond Graduation . . .

Networking is in a constant state of change. Graduates will need to stay current with these changes to remain employable in the field.

Opportunities for continuing the training begun at Pensacola State College are offered by community colleges, universities, and private schools. Most employers recognize the need for continuing education by the technical staff and will encourage these employees to continue their technical training by means of paid tuition and/or release time.

Related Career Opportunities

Primary Employers

Graduates from the Computer Information Technology program are employed by industries which have local area computer networks: manufacturing, retail and wholesale businesses, financial and educational institutions, and insurance and governmental systems.

Occupations

Network/User Support Technicians

Help computer users purchase, install, operate, and maintain microcomputers, Local Area Networks (LAN), and communications equipment. These personnel must have detailed knowledge of microcomputer hardware and software and a working knowledge of networking and communications

Network Administrators

Develop, test, and coordinate changes to computer systems applying knowledge of database management systems. They may plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Telecommunications Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

Install and maintain the array of increasingly complicated and sophisticated communications equipment. They set up, rearrange, and remove switching and dialing equipment. They may also solve network-related problems and program equipment to provide special features.

Telecommunications Specialists

Design voice and data communications systems, helping to integrate communications equipment with computer networks. They work closely with clients to design systems to meet their needs. These systems may include laser and fiber optic technology

Other Occupations

  • Field Service Technician
  • Network Control Operator
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Engineer
  • Telecommunications
  • Engineering Technician


Employment Trends

For more information regarding first-year earnings for degree completers and student debt accumulation download or view the Economic Security Report of Employment and Earning Outcomes Click Here, published by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties
Occupation
Computer User Support Specialists
2015 Cur. Openings
660
2023 Prj. Openings
750
Est. Annual Openings
21.3
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$35,498.89
Okaloosa / Walton Counties
Occupation
Computer User Support Specialists
2015 Cur. Openings
350
2023 Prj. Openings
393
Est. Annual Openings
10.8
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$45,739.75
Occupation
Computer Systems Analysts
2015 Cur. Openings
156
2023 Prj. Openings
183
Est. Annual Openings
5.8
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$94,837.51
All Florida Counties
Occupation
Computer User Support Specialists
2015 Cur. Openings
29582
2023 Prj. Openings
34457
Est. Annual Openings
1060
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$42,736.32
Occupation
Computer Systems Analysts
2015 Cur. Openings
21025
2023 Prj. Openings
25330
Est. Annual Openings
858.4
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$82,052.07


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