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Computer Careers

"Do you have a sledgehammer or a brick handy ?"     — Top thing you don't want to hear from Tech Support. Tuesday, March 29, 2011


ACM’s Top 10 Reasons to major in Computing Computing is part of everything we do!

Expertise helps with all careers

Solve complex, challenging problems

Opportunities for creativity and innovation

Make a positive difference in the world

Collaborative work and individual effort

Many lucrative careers

Essential part of well rounded academic preparation

Computing jobs are here to stay everywhere!

No boundaries for future opportunities in computing

"Science is supposedly the method by which we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. In computer science, we all are standing on each others' feet."    — G. Popek. Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Computing Disciplines & Majors

Computer engineering Computer Science Information Systems Information Technology Software Engineering "It's like being a doctor, but without getting my paws all gooky."     — Dogbert the Network Administrator. Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Career Opportunities • • • • • • •

Artificial Intelligence -- Develop computers that simulate human learning and reasoning ability. Computer Design and Engineering -- Design new computer circuits, microchips, and other electronic components. Computer Architecture -- Design new computer instruction sets, and combine electronic or optical components to provide powerful but cost-effective computing. Information Technology -- Develop and manage information systems that support a business or organization. Software Engineering -- Develop methods for the production of software systems on time, within budget, and with few or no defects. Computer Theory -- Investigate the fundamental theories of how computers solve problems, and apply the results to other areas of computer science. Operating Systems and Networks -- Develop the basic software computers use to supervise themselves or to communicate with other computers. Software Applications -- Apply computing and technology to solving problems outside the computer field - in education or medicine, for example. "Crap... Someone knocked over my recycle bin... There's icons all over my desktop..."    — billiam.

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Career Survey Info

ComputerWorld Salary Survey Information Week Salary Survey Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

"Relax, it’s only ONES and ZEROS !" Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Skills: Technical Computing Practical skills such as building and using database management systems and other sophisticated software tools Programming Using existing software libraries to carry out a variety of computing tasks, such as creating a user interface Being aware of the uses to which computers are put, recognizing issues to do with security, safety, etc. Looking at innovative ways of using computers, creating tools, providing tools, support, etc. "See daddy ? All the keys are in alphabetical order now." Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Skills: General Professional Communicating in writing, giving effective presentations and product demonstrations, and being a good negotiator (in traditional environments and electronically) Preparing for a job search Being an effective team member Understanding special requirements of globally distributed projects with participants from multiple cultures Recognizing challenges and opportunities of keeping skills up-to-date and understand how to do so Literacy/fluency in computing; organizing all your professional information effectively

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."     — Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

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Computer Curricula K-12 Curriculum recommendations Recommendations from ACM and IEEE Computer Society Includes overview report plus reports for all 5 disciplines Software developer certification information also available "Some things Man was never meant to know. For everything else, there's Google." Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Preparing for college Solid and broad academic education Varied subjects Good grades Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry Basic computing literacy - AP if possible English, social studies, foreign language, the arts Solid English and communications skills SAT / ACT Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Computer security."    — Oxymoron


What Next?

Check out the CYHS Computer Careers Wiki: http://cyhscomputercareers.pbworks.com ACM IEEE

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. ~Doug Larson Tuesday, March 29, 2011


References

http://computingcareers.acm.org/ http://www.computer.org/portal/web/ studentactivities/career

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. ~John F. Kennedy Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Computing Careers