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Computer Software Specialist

Faculty/Advisor List:
Name E-mail Phone Number
Terri Lane tlane@me.vccs.edu 276-523-2400, ext. 240
Nasser Maksoud nmaksoud@me.vccs.edu 276-523-2400, ext. 259

Program requirements:
Computer Software Specialist Curriculum [PDF]

Software Specialists develop, use, and maintain software projects, such as spreadsheets, databases, presentations, web pages, and e-commerce sites using a variety of software packages.

Certifications
The Software Specialist program prepares students for the following certifications:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  • ORACLE Database Operator

MECC is an authorized Information Technology Testing Center.

Employers want computer personnel who:

  • have current computer skills,
  • have excellent communication skills,
  • have superior human relations skills,
  • possess problem-solving skills, and
  • are detail oriented.
  • Software Specialists should possess the ability to identify business problems and structure solutions to those problems using the appropriate software.

Employment Opportunities:
Job positions can be found with Internet service providers, private and public information systems departments.

  • The information technology (IT) industry has hundreds of thousands of positions open all over the globe, covering all aspects of managing and processing information.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor statistics forecasts that computer support jobs will increase by 18-26% faster than the average for all jobs through 2014.

Advancement
Highly motivated software specialists can advance to positions such as database administrators, systems analysts, web programmers, and webmasters.

Salary
Entry-level salaries range from $19,000-$27,000. 

You will find other MECC graduates at:
Appalachian Tech Services, Comcast, Dickenson County School System, Logisticare, Mountain Empire Community College, Sykes, Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital, Wise County School System, CGI Northrop Grumman

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