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Florida Computer Training Schools

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Florida has a strong technology sector. In fact, it is first in high-tech employment in the Southeast U.S., beating out surrounding states, such as Georgia and North and South Carolina, according to information from Enterprise Florida, an economic development organization in the state.

Students who are interested in online computer science programs in Florida can find options from the undergraduate to graduate level. Some of these schools give students the opportunity to specialize in distinct fields, like cybersecurity, while others provide career services that could help graduates find a job along the state's High Tech Corridor, which runs across numerous counties.

Higher Education Initiatives in Florida

Since 1981, when IBM built the first personal computer in Florida, the state's tech sector has continued to innovate and grow. The Sunshine State now features 275 different data centers, 61,000-plus miles of fiber lines and more than 47,000-connected fiber buildings, according to a report by Enterprise Florida.

There is continual activity in the state to inspire and provide support to graduates of online IT programs and similar degree programs in the state. This includes:

  • Innovation: For the sixth year in a row, the three research universities along the state's High Tech Corridor — the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida — created more patents in 2017 than other centers of innovation in the country, including North Carolina's Research Triangle and the University of Texas System.
  • Hiring: The state's vast — and growing — tech infrastructure could mean more opportunities for employment and career choice. In early 2018, Florida's more than than 27,000 high-tech companies employ 310,000-plus people. Of those companies, more than 80,000 people are employed by 14,000 businesses that focus specifically on software and computer systems design.
  • Career Services: Enterprise Florida reports the state's colleges and universities are among the top producers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates. To support those graduates, leaders of these university career centers have come together with tech sector professionals in an annual event known as the Talent Forum, which includes the exchange of job referrals and leads.

Featured IT and Computer Science Colleges 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 $13,940 57.92%
Broward College 4 $1,415 N/A
Daytona State College 4 $3,109 N/A
Seminole State College of Florida 4 $3,131 N/A
Florida Institute of Technology 4 $41,240 63.46%
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Spotlight on Computer Sciences Schools in Florida

IT degree programs in Florida provide students with choices from the associate-degree level to the master's degree option and above. Here are four examples of available IT and computer science schools in Florida, and their degree programs:

  • University of Florida Online: Students enrolling at UF Online can complete a bachelor of science degree program in computer science and choose among different career tracks and opportunities. Virtual information sessions are offered several times a month and provide general online information and details about the university's online computer science degree program.
  • University of West Florida, Pensacola: If cybersecurity is a calling, then UWF could be a fit with its online program that culminates in a Master of Science in Information Technology with a cybersecurity specialization. The school has also received a designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency.
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando: There are no admissions requirements to enroll in the bachelor's degree program in computer science from UCF. However, a minimum of "C" average is needed in all computer science courses after that. Faculty at the school are also involved in research that is as varied as computer vision, machine learning and parallel computation.
  • Florida Technical College: Several campuses of FTC in the state can provide students with undergraduate IT degree program options. These include an associate degree program in network administration, which can be completed in as little as 28 weeks, and a bachelor's degree program in information technology networking, web design and programming.

IT Salaries and Job Outlook in Florida

Graduates interested in careers as computer network support specialists, computer network architects, computer hardware engineers and computer and information research scientists — and other IT occupations — might look for employment along the state's High Tech Corridor, which crosses 23 counties and includes a dozen regional workforce boards and countless innovation companies, according to Enterprise Florida. Statewide, job growth projections through 2026 is in the double digits for almost all of these occupations.

CareerAnnual Mean WageStatewide Projected Job Growth Rate
Computer Network Architects$82,92014.5%
Computer Network Support Specialists$58,09018.7%
Computer Programmers$79,7701.6%
Computer Systems Analysts$82,21017%
Database Administrators$84,86020.3%
Information Security Analysts$86,63038.3%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$79,36015.1%
Software Developers, Applications$90,77040%
Software Developers, Systems Software$101,09022.2%
Web Developers$62,29022.1%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2016-26 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Computer Science Scholarships for Florida Students

Scholarships provide a way for students to make online IT schools in Florida more affordable. These scholarships can offset tuition costs, help cover books and fees or provide other ways to assist with costs. A few scholarships that students of computer sciences schools in Florida may be able to apply for are listed below:

Florida Professional Organizations and Resources

Florida technology associations can be a great way for recent graduates of computer science degree programs in Florida to meet other professionals, learn about educational opportunities and register for local events and seminars. Check out the list some of the IT associations and organizations in the Sunshine State directly below:

Professional Organizations

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