Taking Computer Science

It wasn’t always available in school, but kids learned it soon enough at home. It caught on like wild fire from the moment the first computer appeared. Computer science is the staple of one’s education without which research and learning cannot be as effectively done. While many do their web browsing on a smart phone, good old fashioned computer science will show you the ropes of spreadsheets, word processing, desktop publishing, and more.

Sometimes students learn programs in a particular class. You might be taking accounting or math and need to excel in Excel. Literature and language courses require full knowledge of Word. A budding artist needs graphic skills with Quark, Publisher, Illustrator, and the like. After one’s formal education, the show must go on. Most jobs are computer-based in one way or another. Getting a degree in Computer Science could lead to a very lucrative career.

I, for one, avail myself of a very expert computer consultant to remedy each and every problem that rears its ugly head. He can work from home and has actually hired a couple of colleagues to take the overload work. He makes good money and is often on vacation (and out of reach!). He is self-taught but many who love the consulting area have gotten the newer degrees that help them obtain corporate employment. To stand out in the competition, it seems to be necessary; and the field is bursting with opportunity.

Most companies have in-house technical staff. Network systems require expertise beyond the norm. Custom software may be in place and complicated databases. These positions can pay well depending upon the size and location of the business. A good computer science expert is worth his or her weight in gold. Graphic skills dovetail with the need for infographic and website design. An all-around IT guy or gal is the heart of operations.

You can get an online or on-site degree. You can work with any university or a technical program that offers an associate or bachelor’s degree. Make sure it includes the latest software and hardware knowledge. Define if you want to be a developer or administrator and what each entails. There is a difference between a web administrator, a project administrator, and technical administrator. Learn the job description for tech support, business intelligence, and content management. It is beyond the scope of this blog which aims to show that work is out there for enterprising opportunists.

Making a good decision involves some analysis of the job market in your area. If you don’t live in Silicon Valley, you can still find suitable positions if you understand the vast parameters available. Don’t go with the predictable. There is too much competition. Develop your own niche and expertise and learn how to market yourself on social media, word of mouth, through job applications, and networking.

Note that business administration is a different field that may encompass computer science. It is a broader program for management often involving a finance background and leadership skills. It is more people oriented than a computer tech job might be, unless you have a staff. Keep your options open and tailor them to your individual strengths.