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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

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Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

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Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

West Palm Beach: University Centre, 9801 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Tampa: 4401 North Himes Ave., Suite 175 Tampa, FL 33614

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Honolulu: 1500 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96814

San Francisco: 350 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94105

Rancho Cordova: 2910 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Milpitas: 341 Great Mall Parkway Milpitas, CA 95035

Roseville: 7 Sierra Gate Plaza Roseville, CA 95678

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Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Springfield: 1010 West Sunshine Springfield, MO 65807

Colorado Springs: 1815 Jet Wing Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916

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Greenbelt: 7852 Walker Dr Greenbelt, MD 20770

Clearfield: 1366 Legend Hills Drive Clearfield, UT 84015

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

Flowood: 120 Stone Creek Blvd. Suite 200 Flowood, MS 39232

San Diego: 1230 Columbia Street San Diego, CA 92101

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Bossier City: 350 Plaza Loop Drive Bldg E Bossier City, LA 71111

Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Colorado Springs: 2 North Cascade Avenue Suite 100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

Pleasant Grove: 2174 West Grove Parkway Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Temple Terrace: 12802 Tampa Oaks Boulevard Suite 200 Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Salt Lake City: 5373 S Green Street Suite 300 Salt Lake City, UT 84123

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Atlanta: 2600 Century Center Atlanta, GA 30345

Braintree: 100 Grossman Drive Suite 201 Braintree, MA 02184

West Des Moines: 6600 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266

Columbia: 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive Suite 200 Columbia, SC 29223

Chula Vista: 2060 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91915

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Sandy Springs: 8200 Roberts Drive Suite 300 Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Arlington: 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

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

Santa Teresa: 1270 Country Club Road Santa Teresa, NM 88008

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Palm Desert: 75153 Merle Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92211

San Bernardino: 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 100 San Bernardino, CA 92408

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Warrenville: 4525 Weaver Parkway Warrenville, IL 60555

Miami: 13400 SW 120th Street Miami, FL 33186

Salem: 670 Hawthorne Ave. S.E. Salem, OR 97301

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

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

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

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Dearborn: 23400 Michigan Ave Suite 200 Dearborn, MI 48124

Rochester: 1630 Portland Ave Rochester, NY 14621

Austin: 9100 US Hwy 290 East Building 1, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78724

Houston: 7151 Office City Drive Suite 200 Houston, TX 77087

Columbus: 825 Tech Center Drive Columbus, OH 43230

South Plainfield: 5000 Hadley Rd Suite 100 South Plainfield, NJ 07080

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Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Edison: 1697 Oak Tree Road Edison, NJ 08820

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Philadelphia: 2180 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Lincoln: Lincoln Mall 622 George Washington Highway Lincoln, RI 02865

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Austin: 6800 West Gate Blvd. #101 Austin, TX 78745

Independence: 3620 Arrowhead Avenue Independence, MO 64057

Sioux Falls: 5801 South Corporate Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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

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

Colorado Springs: 1915 Jamboree Drive Suite 185 Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Wichita: 8428 W. 13th St. N. Ste. 120 Wichita, KS 67212

Overland Park: 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212

Denver: 1325 South Colorado Boulevard Suite 100 Denver, CO 80222

Kansas City: 7490 NW 87th Street Kansas City, MO 64153

Minneapolis: 6200 Shingle Creek Parkway Suite 130 Minneapolis, MN 55430

Houston: 1511 Katy Freeway Suite 600 Houston, TX 77079

Tulsa: 8040 S. Sheridan Road Tulsa, OK 74133

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Orlando: 4000 Millenia Blvd. Orlando, FL 32839

Columbus: 1350 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, OH 43209

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

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

Tampa: 3030 North Rocky Point Drive West Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33607

Henderson: 2490 Paseo Verde Parkway Suite 150 Henderson, NV 89074

Oxnard: 300 E. Esplanade Dr., Suite 100, Oxnard, CA 93036

Miami: 8700 W. Flagler St. Ste. 100 Miami, FL 33174

Addison: 1221 North Swift Road Addison, IL 60101

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

Duluth: 3505 Koger Blvd. Suite 170 Duluth, GA 30096

Fort Lauderdale: 600 Corporate Dr. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Tinley Park: 18624 West Creek Drive Tinley Park, IL 60477

Auburn: 3600 S 344th Way 0 Auburn, WA 98001

Merrillville: 1000 East 80th Place Ste. 222 Mall Merrillville, IN 46410

Bakersfield: 3000 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304

Atlanta: 100 Galleria Parkway SE Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30339

Philadelphia: 1800 JFK Blvd Suite 104 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fort Worth: City Center Tower II, 301 Commerce Street Suite 2000 Fort Worth, TX 76102

Long Beach: 3880 Kilroy Airport Way Long Beach, CA 90806

Phoenix: 2149 W. Dunlap Phoenix, AZ 85021

Naperville: 2056 Westings Ave. Suite 40 Naperville, IL 60563

Nashville: 3343 Perimeter Hill Drive Suite 200 Nashville, TN 37211

Louisville: 10172 Linn Station Rd. Ste. 300 Louisville, KY 40223

Hollywood: 14700 Caribbean Way Hollywood, FL 33027

Elk Grove: 2216 Kausen Dr. Ste. 1 Elk Grove, CA 95758

San Diego: 2655 Camino Del Rio North Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92108

Daly City: 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd. Suite 161 Daly City, CA 94014

Sherman Oaks: 15301 Ventura Blvd B-100 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Fresno: 7575 North Fresno St. Suite 575 Fresno, CA 93720

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

Downers Grove: Highland Landmark V 3005 Highland Pkwy. Ste. 100 Downers Grove, IL 60515

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

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

Palmdale: One 39115 Trade Center Dr. Ste. 100 Palmdale, CA 93551

Pomona: 901 Corporate Center Dr. Pomona, CA 91768

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

Richardson: 2201 N. Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080

Alpharetta: 2555 Northwinds Pkwy. Alpharetta, GA 30009

King of Prussia: 150 Allendale Road Suite 3250 King of Prussia, PA 19406

Fort Washington: 1140 Virginia Dr. Fort Washington, PA 19034

Oklahoma City: 4013 Northwest Expressway Suite 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73116

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

Bellevue: 600 108th Ave. NE Suite 230 Bellevue, WA 98004

Sandy: 9350 S. 150 E. Suite 420 Sandy, UT 84070

Bethesda: 4550 Montgomery Ave. Suite 100 N. Bethesda, MD 20814

Mesa: 1201 South Alma School Road Suite 5450 Mesa, AZ 85210

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

Houston: 2000 West Loop South Suite 150 Houston, TX 77027

New York: 180 Madison Ave. Suite 900 New York, NY 10016

Memphis: 6401 Poplar Ave Suite 600 Memphis, TN 38119

Independence: 6000 Lombardo Center Suite 200 Independence, OH 44131

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

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

Lynnwood: Redstone Corporate Center, 19020 33rd Ave W, Ste Lynnwood, WA 98036

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

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

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

Saint Louis: 11830 Westline Industrial Dr. Suite 550 Saint Louis, MO 63146

Colton: 1090 E Washington St Colton, CA 92324

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

Austin: 11044 Research Blvd Suite B100 Austin, TX 78759

San Jose: 2160 Lundy Ave. Suite 250 San Jose, CA 95131

Irving: 4800 Regent Blvd. Irving, TX 75063

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

Milwaukee: 411 E. Wisconsin Ave. Ste 300 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Southfield: 26999 Central Park Blvd. Suite 125 Southfield, MI 48076

Oakland: 505 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612

Fremont: 6600 Dumbarton Circle Fremont, CA 94555

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

Englewood: 6312 S. Fiddlers Green Cr. Suite 150E Englewood, CO 80111

Indianapolis: 9100 Keystone Crossing Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46240

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

Stockbridge: 675 Southcrest Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281

Rego Park: 99-21 Queens Blvd. Rego Park, NY 11374

Sugar Land: 14100 Southwest Frwy. Ste. 100 Sugar Land, TX 77478

Arlington: 2405 Crystal City Dr. Arlington, VA 22202

Paramus: 35 Plaza Professional Center 81 Rte. 4 W. Ste. 102 Paramus, NJ 07652

Chesapeake: 1317 Executive Blvd. Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23320

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

Pittsburgh: 210 Sixth Ave. Ste. 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

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Broomfield: 1870 W 122nd Ave Broomfield, CO 80023

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