Elements of our curriculum will also help you prepare to pursue industry certifications like:
Pursue a Career in IT – Learn Networking Essentials
Network Your Way Toward a Career Path
Computer networking is the act of setting up, maintaining and troubleshooting connected devices. In the past, computer networking almost exclusively referred to computers that were connected to one another. But as technology has improved, the definition now encompasses phones, laptops, servers, tablets and even smart devices.
Computer networking is used to support applications and services, but a computer network can be set up in a way that supports numerous functions. Common uses for a computer network include running servers, accessing the internet, creating and sharing video and audio files, and running email functions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for network and computer systems administrators is growing, on a national level, at the average rate of 5%, which may lead to more than 24,000 new jobs in the field between 2020- and 2030.5 It's also worth noting that the skills needed to be a successful computer networking professional may lend themselves to other industries including cyber security.
At DeVry, our Certificate in Networking Essentials is an undergraduate-level credential that can help prepare you for a tech career in a broad range of industries. Earning your certificate is one way that you can add a credential to your resume while demonstrating to employers that you have developed core skills and knowledge in the networking field.
Our certificate in Networking Essentials can help prepare you to pursue entry-level networking jobs and industry certifications, whether you are just getting started in the industry or looking to advance in your current role. Better yet, when you earn your online networking certificate at DeVry, you may be able to apply your qualifying credits toward an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Network Systems Administration or a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Networking should you choose to continue your education.6
To earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Networking Essentials at DeVry, you will complete eight courses that total a minimum of 23 credit hours. This includes classes like Introduction to Technology and Information Systems and Introduction to Operating Systems.
Businesses need computer networking to grow, share resources, increase flexibility, cut costs and more. There are essentially no limits to problem solving and creativity thanks to the multitude of uses for computer networking and programming. Understanding network essentials, operating systems and cloud computing can help you pursue a wide variety of roles in various industries.
1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Restrictions apply. Please see Scholarships and Grants page for complete details.
3Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
4Data is inclusive of all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period for July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
5https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm. Job growth indicated on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.
6At 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.
7The 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.