Computer Technology

computer technology

Today, computers are used at home, at work, at school, on our mobile phones and nearly everywhere else in one form or another. They’ve become indispensable parts of everyday life. This explosive growth has created a high demand for skilled technicians.

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Wesley Allen

Computer Technology Major
Graduation Date: 2010

Allen was connected to an internship that led to a career in computer technology at Self Regional Healthcare.

A Career in Computer Technology

In recent years, technology has rapidly expanded into all aspects of everyday life. This explosive growth has created a demand for skilled technicians to maintain networks, to support users in everyday computing tasks, to design, maintain and implement new systems and more.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology fields are projected to grow by 12 percent nationally through 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is partly due to an increased emphasis on cloud computing and big data, along with the introduction of more internet-connected devices.

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What Can I Do with a Career in Computer Technology?

Today, computers are used at home, at work, at school, on our mobile phones and nearly everywhere else in one form or another. They’ve become indispensable parts of everyday life. And in this rapidly-changing field, it’s important to have a wide -ranging skill set. Our graduates find work as programmers, help desk technicians, network technicians and more.

Some of your Responsibilities May Require you to:

  • Install, repair and upgrade network hardware and software
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Update, expand and write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Create and test code in a development test environment
  • Install and use software to protect sensitive information

Career Quick Facts

Career Outlook

Computer User Support Specialists

  • Median Salary Average: $38,320
  • SC Salary Range: $23,260-62,210
  • 77% placement rate for 2015-2017 graduates

Computer Programmers

  • Median Salary Average: $82,240
  • SC Salary Range: $47,090-132,530
  • 77% placement rate for 2015-2017 graduates
Entry Level Positions
  • Programmer
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Technician
Employers
  • Abbeville Area Medical Center
  • Abbeville County School District
  • Accounting Systems
  • Ametric
  • BF Goodrich
  • Bloomfield Broadcasting
  • blue acorn
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Brightball
  • Capsugel
  • Carolina Health Centers
  • Columbia Police Department
  • Computer Dynamics
  • Covidien
  • Cryovac
  • Dell Corporation
  • Direct Outbound
  • Dixie Electronics
  • Electrolux Home Products
  • Erskine College
  • Flexible Technologies
  • Fuji Film
  • Galloway Methodist
  • General Electric
  • Greenville County
  • Greenwood Genetic Center
  • Greenwood Mills
  • Greenwood Packing Plant
  • Greenwood School District 50
  • Greenwood.Net
  • Harsco
  • Hexcel
  • ID Shop
  • InSite Support
  • JES Restaurant Equipment
  • John de la Howe School
  • Kyros Corporation
  • Lakelands Orthopaedic Clinic
  • Lander University
  • More ...

Program Information

Computer Technology students will explore many different topics relating to computers, including computer maintenance, local and wide area networks, as well as popular programming languages.

Students acquire hands-on experience in using several programming languages and learn core internet concepts. In this balanced program, students also study the challenges of online business operations and the underlying issues that determine how e-commerce opportunities can be successfully implemented.

The program offers concentrations in Cybersecurity, Network and Programming.

The PC Technician certificate will prepare the student for an entry-level job in computer maintenance and network support. Students will also learn the objectives for several national certifications including A+, Network+ and Microsoft.

The Certified IT Professional certificate helps to prepare students for nationally recognized certifications like CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network +, and the Microsoft certification programs.

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