Florida Computer Training Schools

Florida residents interested in computer training and careers will find no shortage of opportunities in their home state. According to Fortune, a wide array of tech businesses call the state of Florida home, including Ultimate Software and American Express. Additionally, many other big businesses in the state, including those in the health care, restaurant and hospitality fields, need qualified computer professionals to augment and maintain their networks.

Because of the ongoing demand for trained computer professionals in Florida, job openings in this field are expected to increase steadily. Specifically, figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that employment for computer programmers in Florida is expected to increase 10.9 percent from 2012 to 2022, which will add 1,810 new jobs in the process.

Fortunately, the state of Florida offers plenty of schools that will help meet this need. As of 2014, the National Center for Education Statistics lists 156 schools in Florida that offer degrees in computer and information sciences and support services. While degree options vary from school to school, many Florida computer training options offer any combination of certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Some even offer online computer science degree programs that you can take part in from the comfort of your own home.

Computer Science Education in Florida

While computer science degrees are offered by almost all of the top, public four-year schools in the state, many technical and community colleges in Florida offer computer science degrees as well. Here's how degree-granting colleges and universities that offer these programs in Florida break down, by type:

  • Public 4-year: 37
  • Public 2-year: 53
  • Private 4-year, nonprofit: 28
  • Private 2-year, nonprofit: 3
  • Private 4-year, for-profit: 45

In addition to degree-granting schools, 13 less-than-two-year institutions offered computer training programs in Florida last year. Instead of degrees, these schools offer technical diplomas or certificates in computer science and related fields. Included in that figure are popular schools like More Technical Institute of Hialeah, Westside Tech of Winter Garden, South Florida Institute of Technology of Miami, and Cape Coral Institute of Technology of Cape Coral.

Which program a student should choose depends heavily on what type of computer programming training they plan to pursue. While most of the big, public four-year schools offer bachelor's and graduate degrees in computer science and related fields, technical schools and community colleges tend to offer more associate's degrees, certificates and career diplomas.

What type of degree a student earns can make a big difference in their employment and earning potential once they graduate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer programmers typically need a bachelor's degree to find entry-level work. However, some employers may hire candidates with associate degrees as well.

Top Computer Training Schools in Florida

With so many computer training schools calling Florida home, it's no wonder that some have been recognized for excellence on a national level. Here are a few of the top computer programming schools in Florida, plus their national rankings from U.S. News & World Report:

University of Florida

Located near Gainesville, University of Florida boasts an enrollment of more than 33,000 students and a campus size of more than 2,000 acres. Furthermore, due to affordable tuition and a dedication to helping students secure student aid, nearly two-thirds of University of Florida students graduate school with no student loan debt. Faculty awards include two Pulitzer Prizes, NASA's top award for research and the Smithsonian Institution's conservation award, among others.

U.S. News & World Report rankings:


  • Computer Science (2015): No. 48

Florida State University

Florida State University is a large, public school with an enrollment of more than 32,000 students. Located in the state's capital city of Tallahassee, Florida State offers more than 600 students group and a student population that worships their sports teams. Currently, the school offers 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and specialist degree programs across its 16 colleges.

U.S. News & World Report rankings:


  • Computer Science (2015): No. 82

University of Central Florida

As a large, public institution, the University of Central Florida boasts an enrollment of more than 51,000 students across the main school and 10 regional campuses. According to school statistics, their huge enrollment makes them the second-largest school in the nation. Currently, 15 undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered through UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science alone.

U.S. News & World Report rankings


  • Computer Science (2015): No. 90

Tech Industries and Careers in Florida

Computer science degrees can lead to a career in a wide range of fields outside of the traditional computer programming jobs we all hear about. Here are some of the top computer science occupations in Florida by employment plus their annual mean wages in 2014:


Employment in 2014 (Florida)

2014 Average Salary

Computer User Support Specialists



Software Developers, Applications



Computer Systems Analysts



Computer Network Architects



Network and Computer Systems Administrators



Computer Programmers



Software Developers, Systems Software



Computer and Information Systems Managers



Computer Network Support Specialists



Web Developers



Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida; 2014 data

As you can see, computer training in Florida could lead to a wide range of promising careers. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, computer and mathematical occupations in Florida had a total enrollment of 172,340 workers in 2014, and those workers earned mean annual wages of $72,490.

On a national level, according to the BLS the industries that paid the highest mean annual wage to computer programmers in 2014 included:

  • Security and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage: $109,350
  • Monetary Authorities - Central Bank: $107,910
  • Software Publishers: $101,640
  • Support Activities for Mining: $96,750
  • Other Personal Services: $96,450

Industries employment the most computer programmers national in 2014 included:

  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services: 125,280
  • Software Publishers: 21,550
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises: 14,280
  • Employment Services: 10,900
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: 7,780

Top Metro Employment Centers for Computer Programmers in Florida

A total of 14,180 computer programmers were employed in Florida in 2014 according to the BLS. However, certain metro regions in the state were home to more than their share. The following metropolitan areas boasted the highest level of employment for computer programmers in the state of Florida in 2014:

Metropolitan Area Total Employed
Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater 3,310
Orlando - Kissimmee - Sanford 2,700
Fort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach 1,710
Miami - Miami Beach - Kendall 1,530
Jacksonville 950

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida; 2014 data



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