Which Technology or IT Certificate is Right for Me?

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By DeVry University

January 11, 2021
7 min read

Are you interested in a career that is constantly evolving? Look no further than the field of technology and how IT certificates may help you break into it. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11% on a national level between 2019 and 2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations.1

At DeVry University, technology is part of our DNA. For more than 20 years, we’ve been streamlining online learning, providing busy students with the flexibility to further their education on their terms. DeVry continues to innovate with offerings like Tech Core, which is a strategically designed curriculum that provides students with real-world, hands-on learning, such as through our Internet of Things (IoT) projects.

Put that focus on technology to work for you with one of DeVry’s 100% online undergraduate tech certificate programs:

“For those looking to pursue a career in technology, DeVry’s certificate programs offer multiple pathways to prepare you,” says Shantanu Bose, DeVry University Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “We want to help students advance their education at their own pace and make education more affordable, which is why we offer the option to stack credits from these certificates into a qualifying associate or bachelor’s degree program here at DeVry.”

Read on to explore each of our technology certificate programs in more detail.

Information Technology (IT) Essentials Certificate Program

Learn the IT skills that are needed for today’s dynamic business environment through our IT certificate program. Explore how networks function within organizations and the ways in which information is securely shared. Take the qualifying credits you earn and stack them into an Associate in Information Technology and Networking (AITN). Doing so can save you both time and money in furthering your education.

  • Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate
  • Minimum Credit Hours: 23
  • Length: 8 Courses
  • Time to Complete: As few as 8 months2 – or faster with qualifying transfer credits
  • Availability: Online
  • What You’ll Learn: Networking, digital literacy, process design and data analysis
  • Certification Prep: Prepare for certification opportunities including CompTIA A+, CompTIA LINUX+, CompTIA NETWORK+, CompTIA Cloud+ and Microsoft Technology Associate – Python.

Cyber Security Certificate Program

Help defend organizations from the threats posed by cyber criminals and hackers with a Certificate Program in Cyber Security. Learn to protect against data breaches and other malicious activity through specialized courses that explore the real-world skills needed to secure sensitive data. Apply the qualifying credits you earn toward our Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems with a Cyber Security Programming specialization or our Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking with a Cyber Security specialization.

  • Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate
  • Minimum Credit Hours: 40
  • Length: 14 Courses
  • Time to Complete: As few as 1 year and 4 months2 – or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits
  • Availability: Online
  • What You’ll Learn: Security planning and auditing, how to operate small enterprise networks, OS architecture and design, network security testing and ethical hacking
  • Certification Prep: Prepare for certification opportunities including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Cloud+, CompTIA LINUX+, CompTIA NETWORK+, CompTIA PenTest+, CompTIA Security+, EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker and EC Council Certified Network Defender.

Networking Essentials Certificate Program

Explore how businesses are networked and safely exchange sensitive information with our Networking Essentials Certificate Program, one of our technology certificate offerings. Dive into the networking concepts that are needed to build a career in this field. No previous IT experience is necessary. Continue on your education journey by applying qualifying credits toward an Associate in Information Technology & Networking – Network Systems Administration track or our Bachelor’s in Information Technology & Networking.

  • Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate
  • Minimum Credit Hours: 23
  • Length: 8 Courses
  • Time to Complete: As few as 12 months2 – or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits
  • Availability: Online
  • What You’ll Learn: Networking, complex problem solving, data analysis and digital literacy
  • Certification Prep: Prepare for certification opportunities including CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA NETWORK+, CompTIA Cloud+ and CCNA.

Programming Essentials Certificate Program

Hone your programming skills with our Programming Essentials Certificate and learn industry-recognized languages like Python and C++. Beyond writing code, explore how to configure operating systems and apply analytical thinking to complex problems. Don’t have a background in IT? Don’t worry. Experience in IT is not required for this certificate. You can explore this and our 7 other technology certificates, but you can also apply qualifying credits toward a Bachelor’s in Software Development, Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems or an Associate in Information Technology and Networking with a Information Systems and Programming specialization.

  • Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate
  • Minimum Credit Hours: 22
  • Length: 7 Courses
  • Time to Complete: As few as 10 months2 – or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits
  • Availability: Online
  • What You’ll Learn: Software systems analysis and design, coding and programming and operating systems
  • Certification Prep: Prepare for certification opportunities including CompTIA Linux+ and Microsoft Technical Associate - Python.

Data Mining and Analytics Certificate Program

Apply your interest in numbers toward a Certificate Program in Data Mining and Analytics. Dig deep into data models and gain the analytical skills needed to make smart business decisions. Whether you have IT experience or not, this certificate will teach you the skills needed to pursue a career in a data-focused occupation. Make the most of the credits you earn by stacking them into a Bachelor’s in Software Development with a specialization in Big Data and Analytics. A summary of this tech certificate will help you compare our programs:

  • Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate
  • Minimum Credit Hours: 43
  • Length:  14 courses
  • Time to Complete:  As few as 1 year and 4 months2 – or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits
  • Availability: Online
  • What You’ll Learn: data acquisition, data mining and analysis, and machine learning 
  • Certification Prep: Prepare for certification opportunities including CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA Linux+ and Microsoft Technical Associate – Python.

Web and Mobile Application Development Certificate Program

Design the web and mobile applications of the future with our fully online Web and Mobile Application Development Certificate Program. Gain skills that can be applied to in social media, mobile app development, communications or web design. Keep your momentum going and continue on your education journey by applying qualifying credits toward our Bachelor’s in Software Development with a Web and Mobile Application Development Specialization.

  • Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate
  • Minimum Credit Hours: 43
  • Length:  13 courses
  • Time to Complete: As few as 1 year and 4 months2 – or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits
  • Availability: Online
  • What You’ll Learn: coding and programming, web application design and web development 
  • Certification Prep: Prepare for certification opportunities including CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA Linux+ and Microsoft Technical Associate – Python.

Software Design and Solutions Certificate Program

If you want to prepare for a career in a fast-growing field, software design is a great option. Employment for software developers is expected to grow, on a national level, 22% between 2019 and 2029.3 Get started by preparing for a career in software design with our 100% online Software Designs and Solutions Certificate Program. Among other topics, explore programming, database concepts and the implementation of design strategies. Once you’ve earned your certificate, leverage qualifying credits by applying them toward our Bachelor’s in Software Development with a specialization in Software Design and Programming or our Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems with a specialization in Software Programming.

  • Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate
  • Minimum Credit Hours: 42
  • Length:  14 courses
  • Time to Complete: As few as 1 year and 4 months2 – or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits
  • Availability: Online
  • What You’ll Learn: coding and programming, application development and product development
  • Certification Prep: Prepare for certification opportunities including CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA Linux+ and Microsoft Technical Associate – Python.

Additional Tech Certificate Program Highlights

In addition to the IT and tech certificate program features described above, DeVry’s tech certificates offer other benefits, including:

  • Tech Essentials Grant – Complete the IT Essentials Certificate, Programming Essentials Certificate or Networking Essentials Certificate program and apply for a $2,400 Tech Essentials Grant.
  • Tech Core – DeVry’s tech certificates are built from a curriculum that exposes students to real-world, hands-on learning, including cloud-based tools.
  • Stackable credits – Make the most of your certificate program from DeVry. Apply qualifying credits to an applicable associate or bachelor’s degree at DeVry and save time and money in pursuing your educational dreams. Learn more about stackable credentials.

Take the Next Step Toward Building a Career in Technology

The tech field is rapidly evolving, and there are many professional pathways you can pursue – but you have to take the first step. Are you ready to invest in your future? Use this comparison tool to find the best program for you.

1According to the BLS, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected, on a national level, to grow 11% between 2019 and 2029. Local growth will vary by location https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm.
2Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. Additional program information may be found on our Degree Programs page.
3According to the BLS, employment of software developers is expected to grow, on a national level, 22% between 2019 and 2029. Local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm.

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