The computer industry seemingly emerged out of nowhere two decades ago, changing the world of business forever. Although the tech bubble burst long ago, the computer industry is still booming. You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to be able to make a career working with technology, here are seven reasons to think about pursuing a career working with computers:
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Technology is constantly getting better, quicker and more complicated. As jobs continue to be outsourced and eliminated, jobs in technology keep getting added. There aren’t many fields you can make a career in that provide more room for growth or job security than working with computers. Technology is here and it isn’t ever going away.
2. Builds Valuable Skills
Every company uses some form of technology, from industry giants like Apple and Microsoft to restaurants and local construction companies. By developing skills in computing you will be able to choose which industry and company you work for. A healthcare worker who has a passion for food will not likely be able to merge their career and their hobby, but somebody pursuing a technological career will easily be able to pick the type of company they work for.
Because all companies need some form of IT workers, there is high demand for them among the top companies in the world. An experienced IT professional can easily command a six figure salary with highly competitive benefits. This also means it is extremely difficult to get stuck in a career rut as an IT professional since there is always another opportunity to explore.
4. Training is Accessible
Unlike most competitive technical fields, a college degree is not a necessity for pursuing a career in computers. College degrees like computer engineering and management of information technology are a good start, but there are many other options for those who aren’t interested in pursuing a four-year college degree and taking on that debt load. Many programming positions are available with only an associate’s degree, and many entry level positions are available with a high school diploma and professional certification. Due to the nature of computers, there are also wonderful opportunities to jump-start a career by pursuing a higher education online. An online master’s degree in database administration, for example, will allow the graduate to jump head-first into cutting edge technologies upon graduation.
5. Day-to-Day Flexibility
Working with computers can mean many different things. Depending on your strengths and interests, there are a wide variety of things you can spend your days doing. Creative minds can pursue graphic design, critical thinkers can pursue database administration, and more technical thinkers may decide to spend their time coding. The wide variety of actual jobs in the information technology field means there is something for just about anybody.
6. Opportunity to Make a Difference
Computing has driven innovations among the sciences for years now, including cancer research, the human genome project and the push to protect the environment. No matter where your philanthropic interests lie, you will be given the opportunity to make a difference if it is important to you.
7. Ability to Travel
Computing is world-wide and companies are looking for people to work with them all around the world. No matter if you want to work for a large company that sends people around the world to various locations or jump between companies in the United States, France, and Australia, you will be able to travel wherever you want, whenever you want.
By Lizzie Weakley