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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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Hartford: 85 Sigourney Street Hartford, CT 06105

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

Edison: 1697 Oak Tree Road Edison, NJ 08820

Philadelphia: 2180 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

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Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

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Dearborn: 23400 Michigan Ave Suite 200 Dearborn, MI 48124

Rochester: 1630 Portland Ave Rochester, NY 14621

Columbus: 825 Tech Center Drive Columbus, OH 43230

Houston: 255 Northpoint Drive Suite 100 Houston, TX 77060

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

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Addison: 1221 North Swift Road Addison, IL 60101

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

Phoenix: 2149 W. Dunlap Phoenix, AZ 85021

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

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

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

Stockbridge: 675 Southcrest Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281

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

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

Columbus: 1350 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, OH 43209

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

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

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

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

Austin: 11044 Research Blvd Suite B100 Austin, TX 78759

Fremont: 6600 Dumbarton Circle Fremont, CA 94555

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

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

Memphis: 6401 Poplar Ave Suite 600 Memphis, TN 38119

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arlington: 2405 Crystal City Dr. Arlington, VA 22202

Oakland: 505 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612

Indianapolis: 9100 Keystone Crossing Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46240

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

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

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

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

Independence: 6000 Lombardo Center Suite 200 Independence, OH 44131

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

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

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

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

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

Orlando: 4000 Millenia Blvd. Orlando, FL 32839

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

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

Irving: 4800 Regent Blvd. Irving, TX 75063

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

Hollywood: 14700 Caribbean Way Hollywood, FL 33027

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philadelphia: 1800 JFK Blvd Suite 104 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Colton: 1090 E Washington St Colton, CA 92324

Bakersfield: 3000 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304

Kansas City: 1100 Main St. Suite 118 Kansas City, MO 64105

Alpharetta: 2555 Northwinds Pkwy. Alpharetta, GA 30009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pomona: 901 Corporate Center Dr. Pomona, CA 91768

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

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

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

Des Moines: 7000 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA 50321

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Fairview Heights: 110 Commerce Lane Fairview Heights, IL 62208

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

Macon: 1901 Paul Walsh Dr. Macon, GA 31206

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