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|
|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%|
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:
|Career||Annual Mean Wage||Statewide Projected Job Growth Rate||Statewide Current Number of Jobs|
|Computer Network Architects||$82,920||18.4%||16,150|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||$58,090||21.1%||9,170|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$82,210||33.7%||19,850|
|Information Security Analysts||$86,630||32.5%||3,800|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$79,360||17.1%||16,830|
|Software Developers, Applications||$90,770||30.5%||30,710|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$101,090||23.9%||13,290|
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