Computer Technology Certificate - 16 credits
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.
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).|
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 Minnesota State institutions and the University of Minnesota.
The Computer Technology certificate is a "fast-track" path acquiring computer technology skills. This curriculum will develop a student's problem solving skills in computer architecture, database use and design, telecommunications, and beginning programming. The certificate encompasses learning of foundation skills for Information Technology (IT) professionals.
Required Courses: 16 credits
|COMT 1107||Introduction to Computer Technology||4|
|COMT 1173||PC Architecture Operation and Interface||3|
|COMT 1181||Database Management Systems||3|
Complete one of the following courses:
|COMT 1182||Advanced Database with Crystal Reports||3|
|COMT 1205||Introduction to Visual Basic||3|
These courses must be completed within the last seven years prior to completing the Computer Technology Certificate with or without Industry Certification.
Other Certificate Requirements
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
- Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.