Job in Computers?

By cfitzarl ยท 14 replies
Nov 3, 2006
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  1. I am starting to come to a point where I need to choose what career I am really suited to. I hava a huge (I mean huge) intrest in computers, and with the correct classes, I would learn all I need to know. On the otherhand, one of my hobbies is architecture. I do decently in math (algebra) and I can't decide. They both offer very good salaries, and are what I like. The only drawback to computer (technology) is the fact that the computer world is almost filled to the brim with trained technitions. Also, Architecture is a hell of a lot harder and grueling than computer technology and would take me a good 6-8 years to complete the course (even though my goal is to at least make masters, and hopefully get a doctorette degree). What should I do?
  2. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    I am in the IT profession.

    There may be alot of systems technicians but there are millions of systems to be worked on,networked, secured, upgraded, destroyed, tested, analyzed.

    The pay is great and the field is very competitive. The world revolves around technology and IT professionals are in demand all the time.

    My job requires me to travel around the world and the pay is very good.

    There are many divisions with in the IT world.

    PC Repair,lowest paying.


    System security

    Software engineering etc.
  3. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    If your looking for money, go into architecture. If you wanna do something you love to do for the rest of your life, go into computers. Algebra is only a small portion of architecture. Geometry, logic, creativity, and persistance are important factors.
  4. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Money is not everything. :p
    You have to enjoy your work, if you love what you are doing then its not work.;)
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    I realize this, I do have the logic and creativity to do the job. I have a sketchbook of designs that I have come up with completely. My designs range from 1200-5000 square feet (roughly). It is one of my hobbies. I am going to do further research on other problems that would come up including average salaries, and other things.
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Go architecture.

    You can always get computer-related training and certification later on if you think that drawing outhouses is not for you after all :p
    A degree in computing helps a lot, but it is not a must. A degree in architecture is a must, I believe.
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    True, not all Techs have degrees (although, you'll obviously make more if you do have one when working for someone). I think I may start architecture, and if I don't like it, I'll then ccontinue down a technological route. There's always computer architecture ;). I now need to try to find out which kind of architecture I am interested in. I will continue researching up qualifications and salaries and all of that good stuff. Of course, while I'm in college, I could also get a part-time job at some computer repair store or something like that (I would still need to rack up more knowledge though). I am still kind of blurry with different computer things especially in intenet components. If I'm lucky, I'll get accepted into a university specialising in engineering *looks at picture of MIT* :stickout:
  8. PuterGeekGirl

    PuterGeekGirl TS Rookie Posts: 64

    I used to love computers too, sadly working in this field has almost killed that for me.
  9. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    It depends on what end of the spectrum you do. Customer service is not exactly exciting after awhile, too many "special cases" and it does wear you out after awhile.

    Networking, re-imaging, security implementations, instructing, software upgrades and travelling is my favorite.
  10. PuterGeekGirl

    PuterGeekGirl TS Rookie Posts: 64

    I work in corporate enviornment, but to much work with the end user...will explain my burn out I'm sure.

    The days I am left alone to image things, build images, packages on SMS, test etc...those days are ok.
  11. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    I am corporate/military side. I love it and the best thing is there are only two of us that work in our office, for what we do.
  12. PuterGeekGirl

    PuterGeekGirl TS Rookie Posts: 64

    I've hard the retail world is 1000x times worse, so I'm glad I'm not there. I need a change....I just don't deal with people well anymore, my patience is SHOT! They don't understand I don't USE the software like they do, therefor my working knowledge of it is very VERY limited...yet I'm supposed ot know how to fix it in nothing flat when they decide to play and screw up their config!
  13. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    In my field we are the experts on the programs we analyze, we know the operator side and the tech side + plus networking, hardware troubleshooting etc.....

    I know your frustration of the user loser mentality but you can't think that way or else it will beat you up and make you lose your sanity:eek:
  14. PuterGeekGirl

    PuterGeekGirl TS Rookie Posts: 64

    We have so many goofy programming types of software, I'd have to know how to program to get a full understanding...I do NOT think in the right frame of mind to torture myself like that!!!
  15. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    I will let you know if I go crazy because I will be doing programming shortly

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