The Computer & Networking Technology (CNT) program prepares students for information technology jobs, with emphasis on the networking area.  As stated by the Alaska Department of Labor (2012), the overall outlook for the information industry is for minimal growth for the 10-year period from 2010 to 2020 (1.6 percent). Information jobs include publishing and programming, which are vulnerable to outsourcing. The outlook does not include jobs to support health care and technical support services, which are counted under the umbrella of those industries. Networking and professional services support jobs are not vulnerable to competition from outside of Alaska.

The annual wage estimates for jobs requiring an associate degree in Alaska are identified at $74,425, or 3 percent less than those of jobs requiring a bachelor's degree (Alaska Department of Labor, 2012). Entry-level wages for CNT associate degree graduates are typically less than 60 percent of the annual wage estimates. Two job categories identified by the Alaska Department of Labor (2012) as requiring a bachelor's degree (network and computer systems administrators and computer and information systems managers) are often filled by CNT program graduates with appropriate experience. 

Information acquired from Alaska Department of Labor (2012). Industry and occupational forecasts 2010 to 2020.

For more information, please visit the Alaska Department of Labor website.

 

Average Wages

Occupation

National

Statewide

Anchorage

Fairbanks

Southeast

Computer Support Specialists
This average wage information is a combination of data collected for the Computer User Support Specialists and Computer Network Support Specialists. Descriptions for each of these are listed below.

$23.96

$24.62

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Computer User Support Specialists
Provide technical assistance to computer users.  Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically.  May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.  Excludes "Network and Computer Systems Administrators."

$22.45

$24.62

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Computer Network Support Specialists
Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system.  Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.  Excludes "Network and Computer Systems Administrators" and "Computer Network Architects."

$28.87

$30.80

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Network & Computer Systems Administrators
Install, configure, and support an organization"s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system.  Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability.  May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption.  May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.  May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists.  May administer network security measures.  Excludes "Information Security Analysts", "Computer User Support Specialists", and "Computer Network Support Specialists."

$35.71

$34.71

$35.06

$32.83

$32.79

*Sources: AK Department of Labor, May 2011 and U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2011