Question by Jessica: Is a two year degree in computer technology worth anything?
I am going to a two year community college and I was thinking of getting my degree in computer technology. Internet programming to be more specific. I was wondering if this degree would even be worth anything? I know they say that going into the medical field is your best shot when it comes to a two year college but I really don’t want to do that with my life, I honestly don’t think I could handle working around sick people.
I love working on computers and would really like to do this, but if it is a waste of my time and money then I won’t pick this field.
I’d just like to know what kind of jobs I could expect to get out of this degree, if any.
Also, I live in Columbia, South Carolina if that helps any.
Answer by RoaringMice
It really depends on where you live, what sorts of jobs are available there, and what employers look for re: this field in your region. But in general, with an associates in computer tech, you could find a help-desk style job,or perhaps find work as a programmer. Talk to the folks in the department at your college to find out what demand is like for AS in your field where you live, and what sorts of jobs you could get into there. And is Internet programming in demand in your area, or is another computer tech related field more in demand? Your professors should know. Also check out the help wanted ads for jobs in your field, and related, that are local to you. What degree do they want? What certifications (I’ll talk about that in a sec.)? Etc.
There are two important things I’d suggest you do as you study. The first is to find out about, and get, the certifications that employers in your area want. Things like A+, Novell Netware, etc – but those applicable to the field you want to enter. The second is to do a co-op, internship, part-time job (via Geek Squad or etc.), volunteer work, or related in your field, to gain real-world work experience. These things can really boost your chances of getting hired.
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