IT-Network Specialist

New and emerging technology

Computers networked together sharing data and resources are powerfully amazing! Today, businesses of all sizes are networking their computers to maximize efficiency and productivity. If creating an overall computer network strategy, having the ability to analyze ideas/processes, installing hardware/software, and troubleshooting problems are skills you would like to put to use in a career, becoming a network specialist is your ticket to success.

Career Area
Information Technology (IT)
Associate Degree
Program Number
  • Associate Degree
  • 4 Terms 
  • 60 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Starts August / January

Career Outlook

IT Network Specialist

Median Income: $65,146.00*


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Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), cloud networks, servers, and other data communications networks. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.


Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.


Install, configure, and maintain an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from Lakeshore District, unless noted otherwise (i.e. Wind programs use State of WI.)


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

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Gordon Rosploch

For me, teaching is instilling the necessary tools and experiences a student needs to land a life-sustaining career.

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Steve DiBona

My favorite thing about teaching is watching students develop the skills they need to become successful IT professionals.

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Nathan Taylor

There are so many awesome jobs out there and Lakeshore is a great way to get started or move up in your chosen profession. The resources and staff here are amazing.

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