Business & Technology Careers

Launching your career in business or computer technology doesn’t have to take years. Check out the doors a COA education can open for you.

Computer Programmer

Computer Programmer student working at a desk with a computer.

At the heart of every computer function is a conversation, an exchange of language – called code – that instructs programs and devices to perform certain functions. Programmers are experts in that language, writing code to create and implement software programs in ways that computers can follow.

Where You'll Work
  • Software Development
  • Web Development
  • Small Businesses
  • Large Corporations
  • IT Systems Design
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Programming Specialization4 semesters
  • Computer Programming Certificate2 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $48,000

  • Median

    $79,000

  • Experienced

    $117,000

Job Outlook

+4%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will launch your career, while going on to earn a bachelor’s degree will make you equally or better qualified than 78.2% of current Computer Programmers.

Computer & Technical Support Specialist

Computer and Technical Support Specialist

Wherever there are computer and data systems at the heart of a business’s or an organization’s work, you will find Computer and Technical Support Specialists installing hardware and software, troubleshooting issues and empowering users to better perform their jobs.

Where You'll Work
  • Corporate IT Offices
  • Independent IT Firms
  • Data Companies
  • Telecommunications
  • Small Businesses
  • Government Agencies
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Information Technology Specialization4 semesters
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Electronics Specialization4 semesters
  • PC Support Desktop Certificate1 semester
  • PC Tech Certificate1 semester
  • Electronics Tech Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $28,000

  • Median

    $47,000

  • Experienced

    $77,000

Job Outlook

+18%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 56.8% of current Computer and Technical Support Specialists.

Software Developer

Web Developer student working on her laptop.

Software Developers are technical experts and creative problem solvers who design, code and maintain programs and applications for desktop computers, phones, tablets and even servers and data systems.

Where You'll Work
  • Software Companies
  • Technology Companies
  • Computer Systems Designers
  • Telecommunications
  • Large Corporations
  • Government Agencies
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Programming Specialization4 semesters
  • Computer Programming Certificate2 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $57,800

  • Median

    $89,300

  • Experienced

    $138,300

Job Outlook

+21%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will prepare you to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science, making you equally or better qualified than 66.6% of current Software Developers.

Computer Repair Technician

Computer Repair Technician student working with an instructor.

Computer Repair Technicians work to test, fix, maintain or install a variety of computers and electronics machines businesses, households and consumers use every day. The best Computer Repairer Technicians are not just technical experts, they’re strong problem-solvers and great communicators.

Where You'll Work
  • Tech Support Firms
  • Corporate IT Offices
  • Electronics Retailers
  • Banks
  • Small Repair Businesses
  • Public Utilities
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Electronics Specialization4 semesters
  • PC Tech Certificate1 semester
  • Electronics Tech Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $24,000

  • Median

    $39,000

  • Experienced

    $59,000

Job Outlook

+4%

Qualifications

An associate degree in Computer Technology Integration from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 74.5% of current Computer Repair Technicians.

Network & Computer Systems Administrator

Network and Computer Systems Administrator smiling at her desk.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators work to plan, install, configure, support and secure the internet systems and networks that manage the flow of data through our businesses, our neighborhoods, our cities and our world.

Where You'll Work
  • Large Corporations
  • Independent IT Firms
  • Data Companies
  • Telecommunications
  • Small Businesses
  • Government Agencies
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Information Technology Specialization4 semesters
  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics4 semesters
  • Network Administration Certificate1 semester
  • Database Management Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $46,000

  • Median

    $75,000

  • Experienced

    $115,000

Job Outlook

+12%

Qualifications

An associate degree in Computer Technology Integration from COA will launch your career, and going on to earn your bachelor’s degree will make you equally or better qualified than 88.3% of current Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

Database Administrator

Database Administrator working at her desk.

Database Administrators design and use databases to store, organize and secure the massive amounts of data businesses and organizations generate, ensuring information is available to users who need it and protected from those who do not.

Where You'll Work
  • Large Corporations
  • Independent IT Firms
  • Financial Companies
  • Telecommunications
  • Small Businesses
  • Government Agencies
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Information Technology Specialization4 semesters
  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics4 semesters
  • Database Management Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $45,000

  • Median

    $84,000

  • Experienced

    $124,000

Job Outlook

+16%

Qualifications

An associate degree in Computer Technology Integration from COA will launch your career, and going on to earn your bachelor’s degree will make you equally or better qualified than 78.9% of current Database Administrators.

Health Informatics Specialist

Health Information Technician on the phone and standing at her computer.

Health Informatics Specialists ensure hospitals and health practitioners have software installed that helps with data management and data archiving/retrieval, maintain confidential patient records that are compliant with healthcare industry coding standards, and provide technical support.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Dentists’ Offices
  • Transcription Services
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics4 semesters
  • Patient Representative Certificate1 semester
  • Healthcare Information Technology Foundations Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $23,000

  • Median

    $32,000

  • Experienced

    $52,000

Job Outlook

+22%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 81% of current Health Informatics Specialists.

Health Services Manager

Health Services Manager

Health Services Managers plan, direct and coordinate health and medical services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific a medical department or a physician network. They direct those providing care, and implement new technology and the changes that come with healthcare regulations. This career requires you to go on to earn bachelor’s degree.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physician Networks
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Managed Care Organizations
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Office Administration4 semesters
  • Patient Representative Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $63,300

  • Median

    $93,000

  • Experienced

    $163,100

Job Outlook

+17%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA may launch your career, while going on to earn a bachelor’s degree will make you equally or better qualifies than 70% of current Health Services Managers.

Executive Assistant &
Office Manager

Executive Assistant and Office Manager sitting and working on paperwork together.

While their responsibilities vary widely – from preparing reports to developing presentations, managing calendars to supervising clerical staff – the best Executive Administrative Assistants and Office Managers help company leaders gather and analyze the information they need to make critical decisions.

Where You'll Work
  • Large Corporations
  • Small Companies
  • Nonprofits
  • Government Agencies
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Educational Institutions
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration4 semesters
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Integration Technology - Office Administration Specialization4 semesters
  • Receptionist Skills Certificate1 semester
  • Software Specialist Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $34,000

  • Median

    $46,000

  • Experienced

    $67,000

Job Outlook

+2%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 80.9% of current Executive Administrative Assistants.

Accounting Clerk

Accounting Clerks sitting together at a table and working on calculations.

Accounting Clerks produce and maintain organizations’ financial records, supporting accountants and finance executives by recording financial transactions, updating and reconciling financial statements, and reviewing financial records for accuracy and consistency.

Where You'll Work
  • Accounting Firms
  • Corporate Finance
  • Small Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Healthcare Systems
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $23,000

  • Median

    $35,000

  • Experienced

    $49,000

Job Outlook

+14%

Qualifications

An associate degree in Business Administration from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 83.1% of current Accounting Clerks.

COA Business Programs

Associate Degrees

Associate Degrees

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Programming Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Information Technology Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Electronics Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Programming Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Computer Electronics Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Information Technology Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology Integration - Information Technology Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics
  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Office Administration
  • Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration
  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer Integration Technology - Office Administration Specialization
  • Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration
Certificates

Certificates

  • Computer Programming Certificate
  • PC Support Desktop Certificate
  • PC Tech Certificate
  • Electronics Tech Certificate
  • Computer Programming Certificate
  • PC Tech Certificate
  • Electronics Tech Certificate
  • Network Administration Certificate
  • Database Management Certificate
  • Database Management Certificate
  • Patient Representative Certificate
  • Healthcare Information Technology Foundations Certificate
  • Patient Representative Certificate
  • Receptionist Skills Certificate
  • Software Specialist Certificate

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