Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services (CA)

Student at a computer

Los Angeles Southwest College is now an AWS Academy

As cloud technologies continue to help organizations transform their businesses at a rapid pace, employees with the necessary cloud skills are in high demand. Industry research from Global Knowledge shows that two-thirds of IT decision-makers are reporting a gap between their team’s skill levels and the knowledge required to achieve organizational objectives. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy is working to solve that problem. AWS Academy enables educational institutions like LASC to deliver curriculum and hands on learning experiences to prepare students for employment in cloud roles.

Students will acquire AWS Cloud computing skills through hands-on practical experience and can prepare for AWS Certification needed to pursue industry jobs. The role of AWS Certified Solutions Architect is one of the most in-demand positionsin the IT industry today. These professionals boast a salaries of up to $150,000 a year in a field that continues to grow exponentially.

Careers in Computer Science

Computer science is an ever-growing industry. Computer Scientists are entrepreneurs, software and web engineers, analysts and network administrators and work in every industry computers, websites and networks are found.

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with an Associate in Art in Liberal Arts Computer Science degree.

Career information below taken from bls.gov February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $110,970/year $53.35/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 9% increase
(faster than average)
3,720

Invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology.

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master's Degree $118,370/year $56.91/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 16% increase
(much faster than average)
31,700

Provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $53,470/year $25.70/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 10% increase
(much faster than average)
863,100

Create applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $105,590/year $50.77/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 21% increase
(much faster than average)
1,365,500

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $82,050/year $39.45/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as faster as average)
383,900

Plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization.

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $142,530/year $68.53/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more 11% increase
(much faster than average)
414,400

Write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $84,280/year $40.52/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 0% increase
(little or no change)
250,300

Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Cloud Computing Certificate of Achievement information below along with our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code

Total Units Required

Required Courses are CIS 192, CIS 193, CIS 194 and CIS 195. The table below describes the sequence of the required and elective courses: 

 

Required Courses: Units Semester
CIS 192: Introduction To Cloud Computing 3 1
CIS 193: Databases Essentials In Amazon Web Services 3 1
CIS 194: Compute Engines In Amazon Web Services 3 2
CIS 195: Security In Amazon Web Services 3 2
TOTAL UNITS 12  
Elective Courses-Select 6 Units    
CS 113: Programming in Java 3 1
CIS 140: CIWA Internet Fundamentals 3 1
CS 119: Programming in Python 3 2
CS 152: Server-Side Ruby Web Programming 3 2
TOTAL UNITS 18  

Get Ready Before You Start

Want to go into this coursework? You can start preparing for your career before your first class starts at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss if going to a four-year college or university would be a good match for your career goals.
  • Still in high school? Find out if your school has a computer club to join. Contact local businesses to possibly shadow a network administrator or IT employee for a week. Follow computer science and software developer blogs and social media sites to learn about the industry. 

Program Learning Outcomes

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Become well-versed in various career opportunities in the IT industry and be able to pursue employment in computer-related fields, as well as enhance your employability.
  • Use Web technologies, mobile devices, and personal computer technologies and apply your acquired technical skills to navigate and establish a presence through the use of cyber and social networking.