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Computer Technology Certificate

Why Choose a Computer Technology Certificate?

This program will help train students with a broad range of skills useful in computer-based industries. The training received in this program will give students a good foundation in a number of high growth professions in the computer technology field.

Skills Acquired

(from ISeek.org)

Graduates in Computer Technology will be trained with a broad range of skills useful to computer-based industry applications including:

  • Programming languages
  • Structure of databases
  • Logical organization of computer systems
  • Use of standard desktop applications

 

Careers in Computer Technology

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth in the state of Minnesota for a variety of professions that use skills from computer technology (according to ISeek.org):

Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 14.9% through 2020
Employment of network architects is projected to grow 11.3% through 2020
Employment of computer programmers is projected to stay the same through 2020
Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 9.8% through 2020
Employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 14.9% through 2020
Employment of database administrators is projected to grow 21.7% through 2020
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 11.3% through 2020
Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 18.6% through 2020
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 15.9% through 2020
Employment of web developers is projected to grow 11.3% through 2020.

 

Types of Jobs

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Individuals who study Computer Technology typically pursue careers as:

  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Software Developers
  • Web Developers

Average State Pay

According to ISeek.org, the median annual salary in the state of Minnesota for the following positions in computer technology is:

Computer and Information Research Scientists - $125,382 ($60.28 per hour)
Computer Network Architects - $87,297 ($41.97 per hour)
Computer Programmers - $73,611 ($35.39 per hour)
Computer Support Specialists - $48,360 ($23.25 per hour)
Computer Systems Analysts - $78,291 ($37.64 per hour)
Database Managers - $79,685 ($38.31 per hour)
Information Security Analysts - $90,418 ($49.47 per hour)
Network and Computer Systems Administrator - $72,259 ($34.74 per hour)
Software Developer - $95,326 ($45.83 per hour)
Web Developer - $67,683 ($32.54 per hour).

 

Description

The Computer Technology Department's mission is to train students with a broad range of skills useful in computer-based industries. This is provided through high quality courses leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology. Selected courses in the curriculum may also be appropriate for knowledge enhancement of computer professionals.

Certificate in Computer Technology

An Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology

The AA also includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and thus will ensure you have satisfied general education coursework for other MnSCU institutions and the University of Minnesota.

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The certificate in Computer Technology is an alternative path for demonstrating competence in computer technology.

It is a "fast-track" for students who cannot spend the time necessary to complete a degree, for career changers who need to quickly acquire specific skills and for those who intend to complete a degree but need an interim step to demonstrate performance.

Required Courses: 6-10 credits

Code Title Credits
COMT 1173 PC Architecture Operation and Interface 3
COMT 1181 Database Management Systems 3
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4

If you place above MATH 1100, you do not have to take it for this certificate program.

Complete one of the following courses - 3 credits:

Code Title Credits
COMT 1184 Telecommunications 3
COMT 2186 Microprocessors and Digital Logic (Lecture only) 3
COMT 1900 Topics in Computer Technology 3
COMT 2900 Topics in Computer Technology 3

Complete one of the following courses - 3-4 credits:

Code Title Credits
COMT 1205 Introduction to Visual Basic 3
CSCI 1111 Introduction to Programming in C 4

NOTE: Courses listed below must be completed within the last 7 years prior to completing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Technology, with or without Industry Certification: