COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AS A CAREER CHOICE
Hear the music, dance if you can.
Dress in rags or wear your jewels.
Drink your choice, nurse your fear
In this old honkytonk of fools.
On the road that I have taken,
one day, walking, I awaken,
amazed to see where I have come,
where I'm going, where I'm from.
Dean Koontz. The Book of Counted Sorrows
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION 1
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM 1
2. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE 2
EDUCATION AND TRAINING 2
3. METHODOLOGY 9
THE TWO-MINUTE CRASH COURSE ON
PICKING A FIELD 9
TECHNICAL DEGREES STILL DRAW
HIGHEST SALARIES 11
4. RESULTS 13
5. SUMMARY 15
Statement of the Problem
Computers are changing the world as we know it, and they provide an interesting field of occupations.
Why computing? Today, computers are used in almost every aspect of our lives: in car engines, microwave ovens, video games, watches, telephones, desktops at home and work, mainframe computers in government and industry, and supercomputers expanding the frontiers of science and technology.
The computer industry is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and that growth promises to continue.
It appears to the author that a career choice needs to contain a number of different features:
1) Will this area of interest be mentally stimulating, as well as challenging as a career?
2) Is there a way of making a living in the selected areas of interest?
3) Does the author enjoy the different activities within this area of interest?
Computing professionals might find themselves in a variety of environments in academia, research, industry, government, private and business organizations -- analyzing problems for solutions, formulating and testing, using advanced communications or multi-media equipment, or working in teams...