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Information Technology Career Paths

These professionals work in a variety of different environments including professional offices, small businesses, government organizations, and large corporations, and may hold many different titles. Entry-level professionals typically work behind the scenes. After gaining experience and expertise, they can advance to more senior-level work.

  • Network and computer systems administrators design, install, and troubleshoot problems as well as make recommendations for future system upgrades
  • Computer security specialists design and install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime
  • Computer security technicians educate users about security procedures and install security software
  • Networking Technicians help to install and monitor networks

While there is no universally accepted way to prepare for a job as an information technology specialist, most employers place a premium on some formal college education. A 2-year degree is a prerequisite for some jobs, while a bachelor’s degree is required for others. To get into management and advance, many employers require a master’s degree.

Work Environment

Information technology workers normally work in well-lit, comfortable offices or computer labs. They usually work about 40 hours a week, but if their employer requires computer support over extended hours, they may be “on call” for rotating evening or weekend work. Overtime may be necessary when unexpected technical problems arise. Those who work as consultants are away from their offices much of the time, sometimes spending months working in a client’s office.

Learn more about this growing career field by speaking with one of our Admissions Advisors toll free at 800-596-0724. We are happy to provide you with further information about career opportunities and the Herzing University Information Technology programs so you can determine which one is right for you.

All bachelor’s degree concentrations below provide a foundation for students to prepare for certifications in: CCNA, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Linux +, CompTIA Network +, Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – No Major or Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Network Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Security Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Technology Management – Information Technology (except for those associated with NT 210 and NT 341)

IT Certifications Broken Out by Course

CourseCore/ElectiveCertification Test
IS 185 & IS 186Core (All)CompTIA A+
IS 186Elective (All)CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code 220-701; and CompTIA A+ Practical Application, exam code 220-702
NT 215 or IS 284 & IS 286Core (All)CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
NT 210Elective (All)70-640, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008
NT 200Elective (All)70-642, The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008
NT 180Core (All)70-646, Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator (Also 70-680, Windows 7, Configuring)
IS 112Core (All)CompTIA Network+
IS 191Core (All)CompTIA Linux+
IS 282Core (Network Management & Security Technology programs)CompTIA Security+
NT 341Core (Network Management & Security Technology programs)70-662, Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
*Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator

At Herzing, we give you a foundation to help you start working toward certifications.

We build our curriculum specifically so many of our required classes are related to a computer certification. This means you can enhance you employment opportunities by earning certifications in a wide range or areas before graduation!

Depending on their program and choice of electives, the courses and their corresponding certifications may be:

ProgramCourse #Course NameCertification
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 112Computer Networks 
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**IS 186Computer Architecture & Troubleshooting IIA+
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 191Linux AdministrationLinux +
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 282Network SecuritySecurity +
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**NT 160Network Operating SystemsExam 70-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**NT 170Server Operating SystemsExam 70-646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 180Network and Server Operating SystemsExam 70-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Exam 70-646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 200Network InfrastructureExam 70-642 (earns Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS):
Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration)
ASIT**, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 210Directory Services AdministrationExam 70-640 (earns Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
(MCTS): Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration)
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 215Routers and SwitchesCCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 284Routers and Switches ICCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**IS 286Routers and Switches IICCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
ASIT**, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT**NT 341Mail ServersExam 70-236 MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – Configuration

Students taking and passing the following certifications listed above will earn the Microsoft Certified IT Professional certification (MCITP): 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646.
*Required course in a program.
**Elective course in a program.

Other certifications include:

Other certifications that selected IT programs may assist students in attempting includes:

MCTS: Windows Vista certifications include:

  • Windows Vista, Configuring
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008
  • Active Directory Configuration
  • Network Infrastructure Configuration
  • Applications Infrastructure Configuration

MCITP: Server Administrator

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration)
  • Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration)
  • PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration)
  • Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration)
  • Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration)
  • Windows Vista Configuration
  • Business Desktop Deployment
  • PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator


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