Degrees available in the wide-ranging computer field include everything from certificate programs to Ph.D. programs. The degree you pursue will depend largely on the time you're willing to commit as well as your personal career goals.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most employers look for some sort of formal education for computer-related positions. Typically, the more technically-complicated the work, the higher the education level preferred.
Computer degrees at the associate level are available in a variety of specialties, including computer aided design and drafting, computer networking, computer networking and applications, computer programming and applications, and computer software technology.
Bachelor degree programs typically offer a degree in computer science, and most are completed in rougly four years. Many programs offer students an opportunity for specialization through minors. The bachelor degree is also found in computer technology, software engineering, information technology, and other areas.
Common graduate details in computer science include a master of science or Ph.D. in computer engineering, as well as master and doctoral degrees in computational studies or computer science.
In addition to the abundance of degree programs available, computer students also have an array of certifications to choose from. Many certifications can help jumpstart a career by themselves, while others can be earned in conjunction to a degree program. Some certifications include:
- Comp TIA A+
- Microsoft Certified Professional
- Microsoft Certified Desktop Service Technician
- CompTia Security +
- CIW Associate
- Sun Certified Java Programmer
- Microsoft Office Specialist
- Graphics and Internet