Associate Degree in Computer Technology

General

Program Description

Computers and those professionals that maintain, troubleshoot, program, administer, network, and build them are central to almost every industry. Jobs in Information Technology are the fastest growing with a projected 23% increase in opportunities by 2018.

Job opportunities for network and computer system administrators will grow by 23%. A 53% growth is projected for network systems and data communications analysts. Jobs for database administrators will increase by 20% and for computer support specialists by 14%.

Computers can be understood in 4 areas: hardware (a focus on the basic electronic building blocks), management (administration of databases or networked computers), maintenance (diagnosis and repair of personal computers) and software (the programming and computer science needed to control the hardware).

Source: The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

Programs

  • Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Technology

The Computer Technology program provides students with the knowledge and training for a range of positions in information technology, based on the specific course selections of the student. Students in the program have their choice from several standard program options, each with different concentrations of courses from modern areas of computer technology. These areas include computer programming, networking, system administration, web development, PC maintenance and database management. Graduates of the various options may be qualified, respectively, for entry-level positions in system administration, computer programming, web development or database management, as well as positions as computer support specialists, and network or PC repair technicians. Graduates are also well prepared to continue their education in four-year BS programs in networking, computer science or system administration.

  • AV Technology Track

AV professionals are in the experience business. This career combines content, space, and technology to craft an event, communicate a message, elicit a response, create an understanding, and give people a reason to cheer or move them to tears. The possibilities of this profession are endless as every business or organization needs someone with AV technology skills. For more information "click here".

  • Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Engineering Technology

The Computer Engineering Technology (CET) program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for computer industry positions that address both computer hardware and software, with special emphasis on electronics*. Students are prepared for entry-level positions that may involve the testing, troubleshooting, repairing or installation of a variety of computer and networked systems. Other positions may include assisting engineers in the design and building of computer systems. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to continue their education in Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology programs.

* For comparison, review the Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) curriculum. CET students share the identical freshman curriculum as EET. In the sophomore year, CET students receive 2 courses in computer networking (as compared to 1 in EET).

What will you learn?

  • Servers and Network Systems
  • Hardware & Software Troubleshooting
  • Website Design
  • Analog & Digital Circuits
  • Processors
  • Databases

Job Outlook

Jobs in Information Technology are the fastest growing with a projected 23% increase in opportunities by 2018.

  • Average hourly wage in 2014 for computer support specialists was $24
  • Jobs for database administrators are expected to increase by 20%
  • IT jobs in the US will increase by 23% by 2018
  • Jobs for network systems and data communications analysts are expected to grow by an impressive 53%
  • The highest paid 10% in the profession earn an average of $99,000 per year

Career Paths

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Web Developer
  • Network Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Programmer

Your Pathway to Success

Founded in 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is one of New England’s oldest colleges of technology. Started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin, and a matching gift from Andrew Carnegie, the private non-profit college offers an affordable education for people seeking technical careers.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose BFIT

  • Highest Earnings

Our students earn the highest salary after attending compared to students from all two-year private colleges in the state (excluding nursing). *Source: U.S. Dept. of Education's College Scorecard

  • Affordable Tuition

BFIT is one of the most affordable private, non-profit colleges in Massachusetts, and more affordable than all for-profit technical schools in the state. Our tuition costs less than half of the average tuition at 4-year non-profit colleges in Massachusetts.

  • Smaller Classes

With an average class size of just 13 students, students receive individualized attention and thrive in our tight-knit community. Our graduation rate is double the national average for two-year colleges and almost three times the MA average

  • Job-ready Skills

A college degree and hands-on training set BFITgrads apart in the job market. Most of our grads land jobs in their field or continue their education, and some programs have 80% -90% job placement rates.

  • Industry Connections

We partner with industry leaders to ensure that our programs prepare students with the right skills for today's jobs. Close employer connections lead to internships, job-shadowing, and careers for our graduates. Over 60 companies attend our annual career fair.

Last updated January 2018

About the School

Founded in 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is one of New England’s oldest colleges of technology. Started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin, and a m ... Read More

Founded in 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is one of New England’s oldest colleges of technology. Started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin, and a matching gift from Andrew Carnegie, the private non-profit college offers an affordable education for people seeking technical careers. Read less