Earning an associate degree in multimedia technology can be a valuable step toward your career path in technology related fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that with a degree in multimedia technology, you can work as a computer support specialist.
With a multimedia technology associate degree and hands-on technology experience related to your employer's specific needs, you could find a growing job in the tech industry. Jobs for computer support specialists are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS. A healthy potential salary also awaits: as of 2014, computer support specialists earned a median annual wage of $47,610, or about $22.89 an hour.
Online or campus-based degrees in multimedia technology
An online associate degree in multimedia technology can provide flexibility in scheduling where and when you wish to study. If you're already working or have family responsibilities, earning an online degree may be more convenient. Whether you plan to earn your multimedia technology degree online or in class, you can expect to study subjects including the following:
- Core courses required for all associate degree programs
- Computer science and advanced math
- Business communications
- Computer systems and networking
- Web design
Your courses will vary according to your interests and professional goals. Beyond the basic major, you can choose to concentrate your study in specialized areas including business communications, graphic design and visual presentations, or web design. Your ability to efficiently assist clients and co-workers with multimedia equipment, systems and software can lead to expanding your career into analyst and management positions.
Multimedia technology degrees offer diverse career potential
Computer support specialists offer assistance through the telephone or computer to assigned clients. As a support specialist, you may work for a software or hardware company and assist consumers, or you may be employed by a company or corporation to assist in-house with computer and related technology issues. As of 2014, the top annual mean wages for computer support specialists were paid by these industries:
- Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing: $80,380
- Securities and Commodity Exchanges: $72,430
- Monetary Authorities-Central Bank: $71,680
- Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $71,160
- Natural Gas Distribution: $68,260
A degree in multimedia technology also provides a foundation for earning a bachelor's or graduate degree in multimedia technology or a related field. Although internships are not required, it's important to have appropriate technological skills, analytical and problem solving skills and strong communication skills for describing and solving problems.
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Making a list of questions and contacting admissions representatives at our schools can help you match a school and degree program with your needs. School financial aid counselors and the US Department of Education can provide information about federal financial aid programs including grants, loans, and scholarships.
Can't decide between earning an online associate degree in multimedia technology or earning a traditional associate degree? Discussing your needs with an admissions counselor can help you find a multimedia technology degree program that works for you.
Computer Support Specialists, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, accessed 6/23/15. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm
15-1150 Computer Support Specialists, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014, accessed 6/23/15. http://www.bls.gov/oes/2011/may/oes151150.htm