Computer Networking/Cisco - IT Essentials

Computer Networking/Cisco - IT Essentials

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy analyzing data? Are you strong at basic math skills? Are you organized and enjoy solving problems? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Computer Networking/Cisco – IT Essentials training program. 

On the job, you will ... 

  • Analyze, test and evaluate computer networking systems 
  • Perform maintenance so that networks operate correctly and with few interruptions 
  • Analyze networks’ data to determine network usage, how much disk space is available and how the server is functioning, and set up the guidelines for installing or testing local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs)  
  • Configure server and network security settings 
  • Work with personal and advanced computer hardware, network concepts, applied networking, laptops and mobile devices, printers, virtualization and cloud computing, and Windows installation and configuration 

Some of the career options you will have ... 

Most Computer Networking/Cisco – IT Essentials Job Corps graduates go to work for midsize to large companies that have extensive computer networks. Although many companies use in-house information technology (IT) specialists, some hire IT contractors to administer their networks.  

Upon completing their basic training, students may go on to study in the many Advanced Training paths for Information Technology, including Advanced Cisco-Certified Network Associate Cyber Security Ops, Advanced A+ Administrator, Advanced Computer Systems Administration and Advanced A+ Microsoft MCSE. 

The credentials you will earn ... 

This is the first level of basic training offered in the Cisco series. Students who complete the Computer Networking/Cisco – IT Essentials training program can earn industry-recognized credentials from organizations such as the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Cisco. Credentials such as these show that students are ready for positions in computer programming and repair. 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

 What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.