What degree do I want?  looking for an 2yr for small systems and networking

Posted on 2007-10-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
What degree do you need to become a computer tech?
I would like an 2year degree and  have A+ Cert and Network + Cert

im not sure the line angel I need to take.
Question by:mrchaos101
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    any technical degree will help, but experience is much more important IMHO, plus some industry certs to back it up.

    I would suggest you could progress much further in 2 years in an IT career by working at a local IT shop with some hardcore selfstudy for some exams than by a 2 years in pure degree education.

    My degree was Mech and Prod Eng, for what it's worth.  Ultimately, a log of techies end up in management, and that IS where the degree is useful.  If that's what you want, include some core Business skills.
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    Depends what you want to achive but I tend to agree with Danch99 that experience and vendor qualifications are far more valuable. If ou go for a degree go for one which incorporates pratical IT. Many degree courses now offer Microsoft and Cisco units/qualifications as part of the course and if they combine this with valuable workplacements then so much the better. BTW My degree is in Geology - very relevant ! - but I also have post grad business and management quals)
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    Not that I like suggesting the place but if you are looking for a hands on tech education check out Devry's 2 year program for Network Administration.  They'll give you some hands on with CISCO and hardware that will help.

    Other than that if you are going to a community college I'd suggest an AS in Computer Science as computer sci. still holds a lot of weight.

    I agree though that Certs should be the focus of your studies.  go for CISCO and MS and followup with Security
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    also go in for an MCSE certification in addition to the above. It is the most sought out certification in the IT industry.
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    Take a look at the Cisco Networking Academy:

    The university I graduated from provided a full CCNA/CCNP CNAP in 2 years, of course that required an additional 2 years of low level courses. I'm sure you could find a CCNA specific program somewhere.

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