Computer Science/Game Design P-TECH

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The WACTC 
Computer Science/Game Design is a nationally certified state accredited, college prep, program of study. As part of this program, students will explore operating systems, software applications, and other areas relevant to the private industry. Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a new type of school that brings together the best elements of high school, college and the professional world. 

Qualified graduates will receive college credits. 



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Student & Parent, why does the Career Tree matter to you?

1) The first set of branches is the Entry-Level Careers that students unlock by completing the Computer Science/Game Design program at WACTC. 

2) Students can unlock the next level, the Technical Careers, by pursuing additional education such as an associate’s degree, advanced certification, apprenticeship, or other specialized training.

3) They push their education even further with a bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., or specialized training, they can unlock the Professional Careers.

 

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What Computer Support Specialists Do

Computer support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.

Work Environment

Most computer support specialists have full-time work schedules; however, many do not work typical 9-to-5 jobs. Because computer support is important for businesses, support services may need to be available 24 hours a day. As a result, many support specialists must work nights or weekends.

How to Become a Computer Support Specialist

Because of the wide range of skills used in different computer support jobs, there are many paths into the occupation. A bachelor’s degree is required for some computer support specialist positions, but an associate’s degree or postsecondary classes may be enough for others.

Pay

The median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $62,770 in May 2018.

The median annual wage for computer user support specialists was $50,980 in May 2018.

 


What Software Developers Do

Software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.

Work Environment

Many software developers work for firms that deal in computer systems design and related services, manufacturing, or for software publishers.

How to Become a Software Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Pay

The median annual wage for software developers, applications was $103,620 in May 2018.
The median annual wage for software developers, systems software was $110,000 in May 2018.