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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.
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.
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Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology
Associate of Applied Science