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.

Fortunately, the state of Florida offers plenty of schools that will help meet this need. 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.

Institution Name No. of Computer Science Programs Offered Tuition & Fees Admission Rate
Hodges University 4 $13,700 60.15%
Broward College 4 $2,753 N/A
Daytona State College 4 $3,112 N/A
Seminole State College of Florida 4 $3,131 N/A
Florida Institute of Technology 4 $40,446 61.33%
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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.

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:

CareerAnnual Mean WageStatewide Projected Job Growth RateStatewide Current Number of Jobs
Computer Network Architects$82,92018.4%16,150
Computer Network Support Specialists$58,09021.1%9,170
Computer Programmers$79,7700.2%12,550
Computer Systems Analysts$82,21033.7%19,850
Database Administrators$84,86020.6%6,720
Information Security Analysts$86,63032.5%3,800
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$79,36017.1%16,830
Software Developers, Applications$90,77030.5%30,710
Software Developers, Systems Software$101,09023.9%13,290
Web Developers$62,29037.3%8,860
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.



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