Computer Applications Specialist: Career Diploma Programs

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As a computer applications specialist your job will be to help people who work for your organization find their way through difficulties related to the software applications and hardware used in the workplace. This article offers information about the computer applications diploma, and possible career choices you might explore when you've completed your training.
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What is a Computer Applications Diploma Program?

As a computer applications specialist, you will be qualified for entry-level work in a growing field. Computer professionals who understand basic computer applications in business, with focused knowledge of key programming languages, data base management, and systems analysis are in high demand. In a good diploma program you'll learn about computer interface with other communication systems through a combination of theory and practice, knowledge and hands-on applications that will get you up to speed on the most recent developments in computer applications. Some diploma programs focus specifically on business applications such as advanced word processing, and are designed to ensure your competence in significant business software applications to a level of proficiency that will enable you to be a point person for assistance.

Skills Acquired

A good diploma program in computer applications will provide you with the skills you need to function in a computer based office environment where document processing, data entry, and integration and presentation of data play a significant operational role. You will become proficient in specific applications, such as the Microsoft Office Suite environment, and you will learn advanced techniques for supporting the document processing, database, and spreadsheet requirements of the organization you work for. Most programs give you a broad base of knowledge, while giving you the chance to specialize in certain areas, such as word processing, accounting applications, data base applications, and applications geared toward internal communications or security. At the entry level, this diploma should qualify you for employment as a computerized applications specialist, a computer support service specialist, a computer presentation specialist, as well as for jobs in desktop publishing, word processing, administrative assistance, and computer training. You will also learn to provide maintenance, support and protection for computer systems and networks by installing, repairing, and modifying computer hardware, software and peripherals.

Coursework in a Computer Applications Diploma Program May Include:

  • Word Processing
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Advanced Word Processing
  • Spreadsheet Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Microcomputers
  • Spreadsheets
  • Database
  • Personal Information Management

Career Outlook and Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the field of computer applications support and specialization are increasing and should continue to do so for several years. The more business and organizations come to rely on computers, the more people they need who are trained to maintain them and train others to use them. The average salary for a computer application specialist in 2004 was about $40K per year.

Popular Schools

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    1. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Mobile Development (Campus)
      • B.S. - Game Development
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • B.S. - Mobile Development
      • B.S. - Web Design and Development
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Information Systems (MS)
    Bachelor's
      • Software and Mobile Applications Development (BS)
      • Web Design and Development (BS)
      • Cybersecurity and Networking (BS)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Cybersecurity Management
      • MBA: Data Analytics
      • MS: Cybersecurity
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Computer Science
      • BS: Computer Science - Information Assurance
      • BS: Computer Information Systems
      • BS: Cybersecurity
    Associate's
      • AA: Cybersecurity
      • AA: Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity Management
      • M.S. in Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity Policy
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology - General
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity
      • B.S. in Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
      • BS in Cloud Computing and Solutions
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BS in IT - IT Management
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
    Associate's
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Human Resources and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Software Development: Computer Programming Concentration
      • B.S. - Software Development With No Declared Minor or Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Software Development
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    9. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Criminal Justice/Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S.s - Information Technology Management
      • Bachelor of Science - Cyber Forensics/Information Security
    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Information Technology

Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • MS - Game Design (Campus)
  • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
  • BS - Mobile Development (Campus)
  • B.S. - Game Development

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Independence University

  • Information Systems (MS)
  • Software and Mobile Applications Development (BS)
  • Web Design and Development (BS)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Saint Leo University

  • MBA: Cybersecurity Management
  • BS: Computer Science
  • AA: Cybersecurity

What is your highest level of education completed?

Regent University

  • M.S. in Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity Management
  • M.S. in Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • B.S. in Information Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Purdue University Global

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
  • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
  • B.S. - Software Development: Computer Programming Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Software Development

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