There is an array of IT careers for individuals with a computer applications degree. One area individuals with a computer applications degree could start is as a helpdesk technician. Most larger companies employee helpdesk employees, who have a solid understanding of how various software programs work, to help other non-IT employees throughout the company.
There are a variety of schools available with degrees in computer applications. The following schools are all accredited, meaning they are accepted and recognized by the same or similar accreditation bodies that recognize state and Ivy League schools. You’ll need to decide what level of degree you’re interested in seeking, and if you’d like to attend a campus-based degree program, or earn your degree online.
You will also want to check to see when classes typically start at the school you’re interested in, to make sure it works well with your schedule. Some schools offer open enrollment, which is typically more common with online schools. Open enrollment means there are constantly new start dates, and you don’t have to wait until the following semester or even month to start your class. Instead, you can get started right away if you wish.
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- Everest College Computer Applications Programs
- Everest College Canada Computer Applications Programs
- Everest Institute Computer Applications Programs
- Ashford University Computer Applications Programs
- Walden University Online Computer Applications Programs
Each computer application school has varying computer application courses as part of their curriculum. Most of this depends on what specifically the degree is in (within the computer applications umbrella). Below are a few examples of computer application programs and the courses involved.
Diploma in Technical Support Specialist Courses
This program’s goal is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to service computer systems, along with to provide support to users of these systems. This curriculum involves studying theory and developing practical, real-world skills of computer and operating systems through hands-on trainging. Courses in this program teach skills like: hardware installation, hardware configuration, operating systems, MS Office applications, system support and optimization, and help desk techniques.
Microcomputer Applications Courses
This program teaches computer and data processing skills, and helps students take their computer experience to the next level. Courses teach a solid understanding of operations in the computer industry and provide specialized training on computer applications.
Computer application training usually involves learning a plethora of computer applications so you can be of assistance to individuals with questions on how to use various software applications. Below is a list of computer applications and technology skills in general that are important to learn in order to become a help desk specialist or someone who can help others understand software programs.
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Publisher
- Microsoft FrontPage
- Adobe Flash
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Web Development
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