Can I Get a Degree in Microsoft Access?

If you're a professional who uses databases as part of your work, then improving your Microsoft Access skills may improve your career opportunities. To do this, you can enroll in certificate programs that focus on training in Microsoft Access. Schools offering Application Development degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Microsoft Access Training Programs

Degree programs are not available in Microsoft Access, but you can enroll in a certificate program. Both universities and private learning centers offer these programs. You can earn certificates in different versions of Microsoft Access, including Access 2007 and 2010. Programs can be found both on campus or online and are commonly offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Some Microsoft Access training programs are part of a larger program for those interested in earning Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

Program Requirements

Requirements vary depending on the program. In general, you should have at least six months of hands-on computer experience. The experience should be in the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as Microsoft Office software applications, such as Excel. Additionally, you will need a computer and Internet access, especially if you're enrolled in an online certificate program.

Certification Coursework

The topics covered in a Microsoft Access certificate program are commonly broken into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. In general, coursework can include topics like:

  • Database concepts and development
  • Query creation and filtering
  • Define and build tables
  • Generate reports
  • Customize forms
  • Integrating HTML

Career Information

According to Payscale.com, the most common jobs that require the use of Microsoft Access include IT project managers, business analysts, data analysts and database administrators. As of March 2014, Payscale.com reported a salary range for Microsoft Access professionals from $48,205-$76,971, depending on your level of experience.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't report specifically on Microsoft Access specialists (www.bls.gov). The BLS does, however, report that employment for database administrators is projected to grow 15% between the years of 2012 and 2022. The BLS predicted the same 15% rate of growth for IT management jobs as well during that timeframe.

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