Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications is a program that focuses on the design, implementation, and management of linked systems of computers, peripherals, and associated software to maximize efficiency and productivity, and that prepares individuals to function as network specialists and managers at various levels.
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications majors and degree programs includes instruction in operating systems and applications; systems design and analysis; networking theory and solutions; types of networks; network management and control; network and flow optimization; security; configuring; and troubleshooting.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (use the College Search feature and enter "computer systems networking” or “telecommunications” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications?
In this field, the point of entry into a job mostly depends on your degree program accomplishments. A certificate or associate degree may provide for a start-up career in (but not limited to) roles such as database administrator, network support technician, systems support specialist. A bachelor’s degree likely will provide you with the opportunity to enter the field in the role of (but not exclusive to) a computer network architect or network engineer. A more advanced degree lends itself toward opportunities in management and project lead.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- IEEE Computer Society
- International Association for Computer Information Systems
- Telecommunications Industry Association
Publications/Magazines Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications