Online Undergraduate Certificate in the Internet of Things (IoT)
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100% Online Internet of Things Certificate classes start October 25, 2021.
How long is the Internet of Things (IoT) Certificate Program?
Our IoT certificate program is 100% online and can be completed while you work or care for your family. Completing the program takes:
- 14 Courses
- 40 minimum credit hours
- As little as 1 year and 4 months1—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.
Job Opportunities in the field of Internet of Things
Graduates from our Internet of Things certificate program may consider entry-level opportunities in roles such as:
- IoT Technical Support Specialist
An IoT technical support specialist assists clients with configuring, deploying, operating and securing IoT devices and systems.
- IoT Technician
IoT technicians troubleshoot customer issues, program and assemble networked devices, and assist users both remotely and in-person. IoT technicians have a unique combination of technical abilities and customer service skills.
- IoT Test Technician
IoT test technicians will develop and execute test scripts and plans along with test cases. They also help with planning how tests will be conducted, and ensure that a system and its environment are ready for testing.
|MATH114||Algebra for College Students|
|CEIS101C||Introduction to Technology and Information Systems|
|CEIS106||Introduction to Operating Systems|
|CEIS110||Introduction to Programming|
|CEIS114||Introduction to Digital Devices|
|NETW191||Fundamentals of Information Technology & Networking|
|NETW211||Fundamentals of Cloud Computing|
|SEC285||Fundamentals of Information Systems Security|
Mobile and Distributed Devices
|CEIS490||Ecosystem of The Internet of Things|
|ECT286||Automation and Controls|
|NETW411||Information Security and Mobile Devices|
|CEIS299||Careers and Technology|
|CEIS499||Preparation for the Profession|
Internet of Things FAQs
What is Internet of Things (IoT)?
The Internet of Things refers to an interconnected network of devices and objects that speak to one another, share data and use connectivity to improve efficiency and convenience. As an example, a security camera, a high-tech fridge, smart plugs and a smart home controller would all count as devices within the Internet of Things.
The main purpose of the Internet of Things is to increase efficiency and convenience. In a home setting, you can use a smart home controller to control lights, adjust a thermostat or speak over an intercom on your front porch. At the industrial level, you might have manufacturing robots connected to a central controller that can adjust speed and receive feedback data from the robots. The additional information gained from these interconnected devices allows people to make more informed decisions and control devices more efficiently.
What are examples of the Internet of Things?
Some examples of Internet of Things devices that you might find in a home could include security cameras, a smart doorbell, a smart home controller (like an Amazon Echo™ or Google Home™3) and a smart outlet (also known as a smart plug). These devices are the "things" in the term "Internet of Things." Each of these devices connects to the others through the home Wi-Fi network, allowing them to communicate with each other and send data back and forth. If you've ever set up lighting to be connected to a smart home assistant then you've used IoT.
Outside of the home, IoT is used to improve organizational efficiency, particularly in manufacturing. For example, picture an automotive manufacturing plant. At this plant there are several robots that perform different portions of the car building process. These robots connect back to a central controller or computer and provide data such as their efficiency level, total output and any need for repairs. Using this information, a plant manager can predict when a robot will need maintenance prior to a costly breakdown.
How does IoT work? How is IoT useful in our daily life?
In the simplest terms, think of the devices in your home that make it a smart home. This can include things like light bulbs, thermostats and appliances. These items can not only be operated by an app (for example, scheduling your lights to turn on every night at 7 p.m.), but also collect information, such as how long you typically keep your lights on or what time you turn them off.
When it comes to businesses, connected devices and the data they collect can help manage inventory, track fleets or maintenance schedules, automate production processes and maintain compliance standards.
How do you become an IoT architect?
There are various levels of opportunity within the IoT field such as technicians, specialists, developers and architects. Your path might start with an entry-level credential, such as a certificate in IoT. This certificate communicates to employers that you've studied the Internet of Things and are aware of how devices communicate with one another. After receiving a certificate and spending some time in the workforce, you may choose to expand your skills and knowledge with a higher-level degree such as an associate or bachelor’s. These degrees may help you prepare for more advanced opportunities.
What kind of jobs can you pursue with a certificate in IoT?
Graduates with an Internet of Things certificate may consider, but are not limited to, entry-level positions such as:
- IoT Technical Support Specialist
- IoT Technician
- IoT Test Technician
In a world that is increasingly interconnected, from supply chains to smart devices, an understanding of the Internet of Things is becoming a critical and desirable skill.
Which industries use IoT Specialists?
Smart devices have become increasingly common, and it's crucial for companies to have a professional that understands how they work and are set up.
Here are three examples of industries that employ IoT specialists and how they use them:
- Security – Modern security systems often use devices such as smart cameras. These interconnected devices need to be set up in a specific way that allows them to communicate information to a security company without any breaches.
- Healthcare – The Internet of Things has made a big impact on the healthcare industry. Smart machines that are used to monitor vitals can quickly alert doctors and nurses should there be an issue with a patient. It's essential for these systems to be set up flawlessly in order to protect patient health.
- Manufacturing – Manufacturing automation has been improved by IoT-enabled devices and robots that can communicate more data about manufacturing efficiency. An IoT specialist can help set up these systems and potentially save manufacturers time and money by increasing the number of products a machine can build and reducing the potential for breakdowns.
Can an IoT Certificate Boost Your Career?
Learning a new skill may help you explore new career prospects and demonstrate your value to employers. The Internet of Things has only increased in importance over the past few years as more devices become IoT enabled. Despite the ubiquity of these devices, companies need people who have direct expertise in using them or setting up their networks. By truly understanding these devices, you may be able to pursue positions that involve working on IoT devices and networks.
What skillsets are required for an IoT certificate?
When pursuing your IoT certificate you can explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the scope of the Internet of Things. Coursework covers areas such as:
- Securing and deploying digital devices
- Learning about automation systems
- Producing, securing, operating and troubleshooting small enterprise networks
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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
3Amazon Echo™ is a registered trademark of Amazon.com. Google Home™ smart speaker is a registered trademark of Google LLC. Reference in this publication to any specific commercial product, process or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for general information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation or certification of any kind by DeVry University.
4The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.