Computer Technician

What will I learn in this program?

Students graduating with an Associate in Science degree at City College of San Francisco with a Major in Computer Networking and Information Technology (CNIT) may seek employment in entry-level network administration or computer technical support positions. After completion of the required General Education areas and 21 units of CNIT courses with a grade of C or better, a student could qualify for an A.S. degree with a Major in Computer Networking and Information Technology. The Major consists of completion of the Core Courses and 9-11 units of required courses from one of the option areas listed below.

For students who wish to transfer to a four-year college, or who want computer training that will lead to employment, the Computer Networking and Information Technology Department offers certificate programs. Areas of study include computer technical support, networking, and security.

Students who complete vocational and occupational department certificates demonstrate technical and professional competencies that meet industry standards for employment, and are prepared for industry-recognized external certification exams.

Transfer to Other Colleges and Universities. Students who complete the two-year Associate in Science degree program may choose to continue their education and earn a Bachelor’s degree. City College of San Francisco has transfer agreements with many of the California State University and University of California campuses.  Students who are interested in transferring after completion of the two-year degree program should consult the “Transfer Information” section of this catalog and discuss their plans with their program advisor or counselor.

The certificate program is designed to meet the needs of students who want 1) to obtain entry-level employment, 2) to advance in their current positions, or 3) to change careers.  Certificate programs enable students to demonstrate specialization in areas such as computer technical support, networking, security, and web site development techniques.  The program prepares a student for a different career path.  Additional information is available from the Department Chairperson.

The certificate program in Computer Technician provides instruction and practice in the identification, installation, and configuration of hardware devices to build, maintain, upgrade, and improve performance of a computer system.  This course prepares students for Comp TIA’s A+ exam, a certification equivalent to six months’ work experience as a computer technician.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Computer Support Specialists


Faster than Average Growth

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts


Faster than Average Growth

Database Administrators


Faster than Average Growth

Computer Programmers


Faster than Average Growth

Computer Systems Analysts


Faster than Average Growth

Network and Computer Systems Administrators


Faster than Average Growth



Average Growth


Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?


Does this program have any special costs?


How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Award of Achievement Degree in Computer Networking and Information Technology

2 Years

Certificate of Accomplishment Computer Technician

1 Year

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:
Office location: Science 147
(415) 452-5323

Program coordinator information: 
Carmen Lamha
(415) 239-3396