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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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Clearfield: 1366 Legend Hills Drive Clearfield, UT 84015

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

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

Braintree: 100 Grossman Drive Suite 201 Braintree, MA 02184

Greenbelt: 7852 Walker Dr Greenbelt, MD 20770

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

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

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

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

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

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

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

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

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

Arlington: 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202

Raleigh: 5511 Capital Center Drive Suite 390 Raleigh, NC 27606

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

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

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

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

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

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

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

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

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

Atlanta: 2600 Century Center Atlanta, GA 30345

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

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

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

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

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

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

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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

Costa Mesa: 3100 Bristol Street Suite 500 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

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

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Miami: 13400 SW 120th Street Miami, FL 33186

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

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

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

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Montgomery: 6200 Atlanta Hwy. Montgomery, AL 36117

Richmond: 7200 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23225

Mobile: 3725 Airport Blvd., Ste. 165 Mobile, AL 36608

Jacksonville: 5940 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32207

Spartanburg: 8150 Warren H. Abernathy Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29301

Biloxi: 920 Cedar Lake Rd. Biloxi, MS 39532

Baton Rouge: 9501 Cortana Pl. Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Jackson: 4795 I-55 N. Jackson, MS 39206

Columbia: 7201 Notch Road, Suite 1000, Columbia, SC 29223

Macon: 1901 Paul Walsh Dr. Macon, GA 31206

Charleston: 6185 Rivers Ave. Charleston, SC 29406

Columbus: 5601 Veterans Pkwy. Columbus, GA 31904

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Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Edison: 1697 Oak Tree Road Edison, NJ 08820

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

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Kansas City: 8955 E. 38th Terrace Kansas City, MO 64129

Saint Charles: 3550 West Clay Street Saint Charles, MO 63301

Des Moines: 7000 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA 50321

Saint Joseph: 3131 Frederick Ave. Saint Joseph, MO 64506

Memphis: 6991 Appling Farms Parkway Memphis, TN 38133

Fairview Heights: 110 Commerce Lane Fairview Heights, IL 62208

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fremont: 6600 Dumbarton Circle Fremont, CA 94555

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

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

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

Philadelphia: 1800 JFK Blvd Suite 104 Philadelphia, PA 19103

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

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

Indianapolis: 9100 Keystone Crossing Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46240

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

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

Oakland: 505 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix: 2149 W. Dunlap Phoenix, AZ 85021

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

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

Alpharetta: 2555 Northwinds Pkwy. Alpharetta, GA 30009

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

Pomona: 901 Corporate Center Dr. Pomona, CA 91768

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

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

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

Tampa: 6700 Lakeview Center Drive Suite 150 Tampa, FL 33619

Colton: 1090 E Washington St Colton, CA 92324

Bakersfield: 3000 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304

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

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

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

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

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

Addison: 1221 North Swift Road Addison, IL 60101

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

Memphis: 6401 Poplar Ave Suite 600 Memphis, TN 38119

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

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

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

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

Independence: 6000 Lombardo Center Suite 200 Independence, OH 44131

Orlando: 4000 Millenia Blvd. Orlando, FL 32839

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

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

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

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

Stockbridge: 675 Southcrest Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281

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

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

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

Columbus: 1350 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, OH 43209

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

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

Austin: 11044 Research Blvd Suite B100 Austin, TX 78759

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

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

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Broomfield: 1870 W 122nd Ave Broomfield, CO 80023

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Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

West Palm Beach: 2085 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411

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