School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology

Data Communication Systems Technology

What It Means

"Night and day difference from where I was to where I am, thanks to the education."
- Nick Collins, 2007

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There was a time when the term "data" referred exclusively to computer text information. Today, the definition of data has expanded to include any piece of communication that can be expressed in the bits and bytes of the digital world. This can range from text to graphics; from voice to music; and from simple emails to sophisticated web content.

The rapid growth of the Internet has enhanced the role of data communications in modern life. Computer networks are the conduits and floodgates for this ocean of information, which is now being used to spur technologies, such as mobile computing, wireless communications, high-speed broadband, instant messaging, personal digital assistants and other innovations. An entire generation of hardware—including hubs, bridges, switches and routers—was developed to support this modernization. At the same time, protocols and standards are being developed and refined so that these new information appliances share a common "language" in order to work effectively together.

What It Means to You

The surge in data communications means that skilled people are used to plan, manage and configure a growing data infrastructure. Information technology has been a powerful source of American employment and job growth.

The Data Communication Systems Technology program in the School of Information Technology at ITT Technical Institute emphasizes technical skills that can be used to help design, deploy and manage data communication systems and infrastructures. Graduates of this program may pursue career opportunities in a variety of entry-level positions with various titles, such as communications technician, network technician, system administrator, network administrator, system engineer, network engineer, system analyst, network analyst, system specialist and network specialist.


Meet a Graduate

Nick Collins
Information Technology - Computer Network Systems
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2007
Omaha, NE

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This program is available at the
following campuses.

Good For Someone Who

  • Enjoys teamwork
  • Is detail oriented
  • Has good communication skills
  • Is solution oriented
  • Is a problem solver

Type Of Work Environment

  • IT consulting firms
  • MIS/IT Dept.
  • Network operating centers
  • Telecom Providers

Type of Technology Mostly
Used In This Area


  • Computers
  • Servers/Clients
  • Routers, Switches, and other devices

Typical Starting Positions

  • Network Administrator
  • Network specialist
  • Data Communications
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network / Telecommunication Engineer
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