Please welcome our newest author Erin Nelson an up and coming computer analyst.
There are three careers in computing that interest me. The first is programming and I have been doing that for over two years now. The second is networking which I have been exposed to in the professional environment. The third is system analyst which seems to be the highest paid and most elaborate computing career available. There are several areas of information to look at before I make the ultimate decision of which career I will approach once I earn my computer science degree.
The career of computer programming has been a joy for me for the last two years. I know the future will continue to develop for programmers as there are many changes I have notice already. For instance those who earned their degree earlier are at a big disadvantage because the number of ways to program keeps advancing. Of course with any programming job comes on-site training. This involves becoming familiar with the current software being used and learning how to manipulate the code to use it for the problems that an employer or customer may have. The requirements for a programming job will vary because most people need an expert on a certain type of programming like Java Script. TechRepublic is just one option for a membership society available to help starting programmers. Their membership gives you access to special discussion forums as well as great list of conferences and reading materials that will help a programming stay on top of the ever advancing career (James, 2010, http://www.techrepublic.com).
I have always been interested in the career of computer networking. Since I started my job as a programmer I have been introduced to the basics behind networking. The future of networking is changing fast due to wireless inventions but the basic operations of linking hardware together will remain a powerful part of our society for many years to come. There are already many different forms of networkers and graduating in today’s market will put me at an advantage due to the exposure and training involving the new forms of networking. The training required is vast to be able to handle any networking job because you must be familiar with how software and hardware interact as well as the new ways to help the networking tasks. To become a networker usually involves first earning a bachelor’s degree preferably in computer science but most networking jobs also requires that you have some hands-on experience as a programmer or engineer. The Network Professional Association was established in 1991 and gives its members the benefits of adhering to a code of ethics and they also offer the Certified Networker Professional Program to give member networkers an advantage in the work force (Mitchell, 2010, www.about.com).
The most lucrative career out there for computing is that of system analyst. In this field there are really no limits to different types of job markets you could end up in. System analyst positions are available for nearly any career type as computing and other digital platforms are becoming more common. This field does require the most training of any computing position because it is required that an analyst has the capability to understand everything about the current operations of a company from software development to networking to accounting costs for operations. Many companies even require a master’s degree to qualify for a system analyst position. Although any professional society could benefit a system analysis there are a few that are especially for those in the field. The Association of Information Systems is an example of a society for computer systems analysts. They offer many benefits including examples of current laws that must be followed when generating programs as well as groups of professional with the experience to help you through a tough situation (Computer System Analyst, 2012, www. money.usnews.com.)
The most lucrative job for me would be a computer systems analyst. I already help out with the activities this job holder would perform at my company if we had one. Most of the job functions that a system analyst would do for us is delegated amongst the executive branch of our office to several different people and I know that this has many disadvantages including that of poor communication and extra work being done that would not need to be if my company had a special position for a system analyst.
By Erin Nelson