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Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

Sussex County Community College offers both an AAS and a certificate option under the title of Computer Information Systems. Below is the description of the AAS degree description. Please see “Career Options” for more information about the certificate program.

The Computer Information Systems AAS program is structured to provide fundamental knowledge of information technology and the skills necessary to succeed in today’s business environment. This degree is not for transfer. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in business, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

■ Demonstrate the ability to solve technical problems related to hardware and software.

■ Demonstrate an understanding of operating systems.

■ Develop effective communication skills within an organization.

■ Demonstrate the ability to work both individually and as a team member.

■ Exhibit professionalism and ethical behavior.

■ Adapt to advancements in the area of information technology.

Career Options

This Computer Information Systems certificate program provides students with knowledge of basic programming techniques and computer networks for entry-level employment. Students will learn to use computers and peripheral equipment to solve problems.

Degree and certificate holders can find employment in a spectrum of career titles, such as Programmer-Analyst, Network Administrator, End User Support Specialist, or Application Developer. According to, these jobs earn the following salaries in the Newton area:

Programmer 1/ Analyst 1: $63,000-$110,000

Database Administrator: $71,000-$160,00

Network Administrator: $39,000-$71,000

Help Desk Support: $39,000-$62,000

The Bureau of Labor cites information technology as the fastest growing career base, statistically projected with a 68% job increase within the decade.


Robert Reeber