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Computers & Information Technology Schools

Computer vocational schools typically offer a mix of classes to help students better understand complex computer programs, such as Microsoft Office, accounting and financial software, medical billing and coding, or graphic design programs. On the other side, computer vocational schools may also offer instruction in specific computer fields such as information technology, computer repair, networking, computer support or server/database administration.

Computer vocational schools may also offer training for careers in any number of technical fields, from working as entry-level computer support specialists to network and security technicians -- though more complex and technical jobs, such as computer programming or hardware engineering, require students to earn bachelor's degrees or higher from a four-year college or university.

Computer specializations

Computer vocational schools provide a broad base from which students can choose specializations. Study of technical subjects may include:

  • Information technology
  • Network management
  • Systems analysis
  • Video game design
  • Website design

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), demand is on the rise for well-trained computer specialists, programmers and network administrators and other related careers.

Certifications and degrees

Just a few decades ago, a bachelor's degree in computer science was the primary degree path for information technology (I.T.) majors. Now students can pursue study in a wide range of different technical careers. Computer schools typically offer diplomas or certificates of achievement, while some may offer associate or even bachelor's or master's degree programs. Many programs are campus based, but a growing number of I.T. technology programs are available through hybrid or online courses.

Educational requirements vary greatly, the BLS reports. For some entry-level careers, employers accept certificates or diplomas, while positions with a higher degree of responsibility require a minimum of a bachelor's degree and completion of advanced certification programs.

Salaries and career outlook for some computer fields

Salaries in computer fields also cover a wide range. Computer support specialists earned a national annual median wage of $46,620, the BLS reported in May 2013, while network support specialists earned $60,180 median during that same time frame.

Of the 3.5 million workers employed in computer and mathematical occupations in May 2013, close to 1 million worked in computer design and related services. Areas with a strong technical presence -- Silicon Valley, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia -- employ the greatest number of computer workers.

Some students who study at computer vocational schools seek computer knowledge and skills so crucial in today's tech-driven world.

Sources:

Computer Network Support Specialists, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151152.htm

Computer User Support Specialists, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151151.htm

Occupational Employment Statistics, National Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#15-0000

Computer Support Specialists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm

Computers & Information Technology Schools
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Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

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Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Arlington: 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202

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El Centro: 3095 N. Imperial Avenue Suite 101 El Centro, CA 92243

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Springfield: 1343 East Kingsley Street Suite B,C Springfield, MO 65804

Atlanta: 2600 Century Center Atlanta, GA 30345

Albuquerque: 7471 Pan American West Freeway NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

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San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Orlando: 8325 South Park Circle Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32819

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

Washington: 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 150 Washington, DC 20001

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Bakersfield: 3000 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304

North Brunswick: 630 US Highway One North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Charlotte: 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 109 Charlotte, NC 28273

Addison: 1221 North Swift Road Addison, IL 60101

Minneapolis: 7700 France Ave. S. Ste. 575 Minneapolis, MN 55435

Cherry Hill: 921 Haddonfield Road Ste. D Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Indianapolis: 9100 Keystone Crossing Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46240

San Antonio: 1919 NW Loop 410 Suite 150 San Antonio, TX 78213

Jacksonville: 5200 Belfort Road Ste. 175 Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Portland: 9755 SW Barnes Road Peterkort Center II Portland, OR 97225

Morrisville: 1600 Perimeter Park Drive Suite 100 Morrisville, NC 27560

Alhambra: 1000 S. Fremont Ave. Alhambra, CA 91803

Glendale: 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. Ste. 104 Glendale, AZ 85305

Alpharetta: 2555 Northwinds Pkwy. Alpharetta, GA 30009

Denver: 1870 W. 122nd Ave. Denver, CO 80234

Colorado Springs: 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Dayton: 3610 Pentagon Blvd. Ste. 100 Dayton, OH 45431

Kansas City: 11224 Holmes Rd. Kansas City, MO 64131

Hollywood: 14700 Caribbean Way Hollywood, FL 33027

Elgin: Randall Point 2250 Point Blvd. Suite 250 Elgin, IL 60123

Cincinnati: 8800 Governor's Hill Drive Cincinnati, OH 45249

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Anaheim: 1900 S. State College Blvd. Suite 150 Anaheim, CA 92806

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Manassas: 10432 Balls Ford Road Suite 150 Manassas, VA 20109

Houston: 11125 Equity Drive Houston, TX 77041

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Decatur: One West Court Square Ste 100 Decatur, GA 30030

Gurnee: 1075 Tri-State Pkwy. Ste. 800 Gurnee, IL 60031

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Minneapolis: 7801 Metro Parkway Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55425

Richardson: 300 N. Coit Road Ste. 225 Richardson, TX 75080

Portland: 13333 SW 68TH PKWY # 010 Portland, OR 97223

Bellevue: 3604 Summit Plaza Dr. Bellevue, NE 68123

Littleton: 8242 S. University Blvd. Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80122

Houston: 1511 Katy Freeway Suite 600 Houston, TX 77079

Albuquerque: 4775 Indian School Road N.E. Ste. 200 Albuquerque, NM 87110

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