14 September 2011
- Last edited 26 February 2016
Yes, there are many different majors and corresponding career paths in IT and computers. I am assuming you do not yet have any college so I'd advise you to look at either associate degrees or an online certificate that can be traded up for or applied to an associates degree online.
In terms of major, "computer support" is often an entry level general position for a computer career and being in support could lead you into many specialties later ... such as programming or network administration or cyber security, and so on.
There are three online computer support / help desk certificates that we profile:
1. Laramie County Community College Computer Support Specialist Certificate
2. University of Hawaii Certificate of Completion Help Desk
3. Georgia Northwestern Technical College Computer Support Specialist
Beyond these specific certificates your instincts are right on -- that is you may also benefit from looking for associates or certificates in applied business or IT support.
Baker College Online has an online associate IT information technology support specialist that is the type of degree that would match a general computer support and troubleshooting position in the career world.
Another possible degree is the Online Associate in Computer Applications from American Public University.
Another possibility is the Online Associate in Computer Science IT from Limestone College.
The actual degree you earn will likely have the term(s) "support" or "applications" or "information systems management" or "IT" or "office systems management" in it somewhere.
Schools don't always name degrees the same so you'd have to look at the courses offered for each type of degree and decide if it looks like what you want to learn.
Since you live in Ohio be sure you check out all the possible state colleges and community colleges in Ohio that offer online learning degrees. These schools will give you the most choices at the lowest cost and also carry good brand name recognition with local employers.
SEE: Ohio Learns Distance Learning Programs
You are on the right track.
Good Luck out there!