Build a Computer
Maybe, now that you have built a computer and had the opportunity to run programs on it, or play a game, or two; you begin to sense the magic, or feel the power; then you can see yourself looking at one of the careers in computer technology. Well, this is where you begin.
You have to decide where your interests are, either in the equipment (hardware), or the programs (software); whether you’re turned on by creating the software, or applying it and moving the world. There are hundreds of opportunities in any of the many careers in computer technology and information systems. The best place to get a good overview of each of the careers in computer technology is on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.
The software people have a larger number of career fields to migrate to, from analyzing the need for software, to designing and building computer programs, to maintaining and updating the same. On the application side, by having the computer programmers take existing computer programs and adjusting them for specific needs. Then there are those who create and maintain the store bought software such as, the operating systems, the word processing packages, spread sheets, data base managers, accounting packages, mail managers, contact managers, CAD/CAM programs, etc. This also includes those who create the computer games played on the PC's, Mac's, or other gaming machines, and the thousands of apps that are created for the cell phone industry. Also, those of us who create websites, of which there are many millions. Training for this is as simple as taking an online tutorial for one of the many programming languages, or as complex as graduating from a PhD program in one of the careers in computer science. About 80% of the people in these software related fields hold a bachelors degree or higher and some even multiple PhD’s.
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