The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Computer Software Specialist is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as computer professionals trained in a variety of cutting-edge software packages. General and specialized computer courses with an emphasis in programming and database applications are complemented by general education courses. Students will participate in a comprehensive program that includes both classroom and lab instruction, along with a work-based learning experience or a comprehensive computer project.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- Write application software that makes efficient and secure use of higher level programming languages
- Develop a secure information system using accepted software development processes.
- Produce user applications using a modern programming language that builds upon secure fundamental software development practices.
- Analyze a problem and identify the appropriate data, hardware components and/or software requirements to develop a feasible solution.
- Use current tools and practices that support the software documentation process.
- Document system requirements and/or develop materials for clients in the proper use of hardware or software.
- Students will work cooperatively and effectively in teams to accomplish a shared goal.
- Analyze local and global information technology (IT) trends, while recognizing the influences of IT on cultural, economic, ethical, and legal issues and responsibilities.
- Support the management of information systems.
- Use logical and mathematical reasoning to analyze, organize, and interpret data.
An academic advisor will review your preparation in Mathematics and English with you. You’ll be guided to appropriate preliminary coursework to give you the greatest chance of success in this program.
Job opportunities in the immediate area and throughout the nation abound for students trained in computers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website, employment of software developers is projected to grow 24% from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for computer software. Students completing the Computer Software Specialist AAS will be qualified for the following positions: Computer Software Specialist, Software Developer, Computer Lab Assistant, Help-Desk Technician, Database Operator/Manager, Software Consultant, Programmer, Software Tester/Analyst.
Opportunities for advancement are excellent for those students willing to continue their education and training. Students may wish to enhance their advancement opportunities by pursuing certifications available from various software vendors. Students also may want to couple their degree with the Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate or the Mobile Applications Development Career Studies Certificate.
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