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