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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Computer Technology (A.A.S.)
PC Technician Certificate
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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.
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: $44,870
- SC Salary Range: $26,150-$71,650
- 65% placement rate for 2017-2018 graduates
- Median Salary Average: $75,680
- SC Salary Range: $45,910-120,520
- 65% placement rate for 2017-2018 graduates
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Physical Demands
- light lifting (50 pounds or less)
- Entry Level Positions
- Help Desk Technician
- Network Technician
- List of Employers
Recent graduates have found work at:
- Abbeville Area Medical Center
- Abbeville County School District
- Accounting Systems
- BF Goodrich
- Bloomfield Broadcasting
- Blue Acorn iCi
- Blue Cross / Blue Shield
- Carolina Health Centers
- Columbia Police Department
- Computer Dynamics
- 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
- ID Shop
- InSite Support
- Iron Logistics
- JES Restaurant Equipment
- John de la Howe School
- Kyros Corporation
- Lakelands Orthopaedic Clinic
- Lander University
- Magnolia Manor
- Merrywood Elementary School
- Midlands Orthopaedics
- Morgan Advanced Materials
- Newberry County Schools
- NuVox Communications
- Palmetto Bank
- Palmetto GBA
- Park Seed
- Park Sterling Bank
- Piedmont Technical College
- Saluda School District One
- SC Telco Federal Credit Union
- Self Regional Healthcare
- Simple PC
- South Carolina Budget & Control Board
- South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
- South Carolina Department of Mental Health
- South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
- South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
- SPF North America
- St. Francis Health Care System
- TD Bank
- The McCravy, Newton, & Sturkie Law Firm, P.A.
- Trinity Hospital of Augusta
- United Health Care
- Urban Outfitters
- US Food Service
- Verizon Wireless
- Wangner Corporation
- West Carolina Telephone
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.