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.

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    1. Georgetown University

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      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
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    2. Full Sail University

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      • Master of Science - Mobile Gaming
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    3. Kaplan University

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      • MSM in Information Technology
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    4. Northcentral University

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    5. The Art Institutes

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    6. Colorado Technical University

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      • Doctorate: Computer Science
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      • M.S. - Information Technology
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    7. Herzing University

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      • B.S. - Software Development: Computer Programming Concentration
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      • Associate of Science - Software Development
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    8. Keiser University

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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science - Cyber Forensics/Information Security
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      • Associate of Sciences - Information Technology
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    9. Colorado State University Global

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      • Master - Information Technology Management
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    10. American InterContinental University

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      • Master of IT: Project Management
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      • Bachelor of Technology: Software Analysis and Development
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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Full Sail University

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

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Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • BS in Information Technology/Multiplatform Software Development
  • Associate: Information Technology

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Northcentral University

  • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • MBA - Applied Computer Science
  • MSTIM - Computer Science

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The Art Institutes

  • Game Programming (BS)
  • Graphic & Web Design (AAS)
  • Web Design & Interactive Communications (C)
  • Web Design & Development (D)

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate: Computer Science
  • M.S. - Information Technology
  • B.S. - Information Technology: Software Application Programming

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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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Keiser University

  • Bachelor of Science - Cyber Forensics/Information Security
  • Associate of Sciences - Information Technology

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