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Graduates of the CIS and cybersecurity programs are poised to enter the workforce in a variety of high demand, high wage positions or, in some cases, to continue their education at a 4-year institution to earn a bachelor degree. While not a guarantee, opportunities for advancement and higher wages generally increase with higher levels of education.

Many CIS graduates will begin their careers as technical support specialists or network administrators. Earning potential within Whatcom County is:

WCC lower division certificate
WCC 2-year AS or AAS-T degree
4-year BAS degree (from WCC) or 4-year BS degree (from other institution)

Entry-level positions - $17.73/hour and up

  • Computer user support specialist
  • Network support specialist

Mid-level positions - $22.60/hour and up

  • Computer network architect
  • Computer user support specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Network support specialist

Advanced positions - $37.64/hour and up

  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Computer network architect
  • Database administrators
  • Information security analyst
  • Network and computer systems administrator

Source: CareerOneStop, 2018

Whatcom's programs have been developed in alignment with industry based skill standards and incorporate Cisco Systems networking curriculum. Whatcom Community College is a Cisco Networking Academy and offers networking courses that prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry certification.

Opportunities abound in all types of industries, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Recent graduates have been hired by local and regional businesses including:

 3D Corporation
 Amazon  Evamar Services
 Bellingham Cold Storage
 HighJump (formerly Vitech)
 Blaine School District
 Logos Bible Software (formerly FaithLife)
 City of Lynden
 Cloud Security Alliance
 Shell Puget Sound Refinery
 Data Doctors
 Stanwood Camano School District
 Emergency Reporting  Tech Help


Whether you are considering a career in CIS or cybersecurity, a current student or a graduate, advisors are available to help you explore career and employment options.

Note: While not a requirement of the CIS program, students should be aware there are special employment conditions in this career field that may include criminal background checks.

 NCYTE Cisco Networking AcademyU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityNational Security Agency - United States of AmericaCW - CyberWatchPalo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy