These days we rely on gadgets of all types and sizes. We use smartphones for staying in touch, televisions for entertainment, and computers or tablets for nearly everything.  Massive networks and infrastructures send astronauts into space, as well as keep our power systems running. Today’s finely-tuned technologies are just a glimpse of the incredible future of the entire industry, especially with the rapidly increasing rate at which we see new products enter the marketplace. With the right education, experience, passion, and hard work, anyone can take part in developing the next generation of cutting-edge technological advances. Not only is it a sector that is constantly changing, it’s also ripe for young, creative, driven people who love working outside the box.

Three Reasons to Explore A Career in the Tech Industry

  1. Technology is increasingly important day after day, so it’s definitely relevant outside Silicon Valley and high-tech start-ups. There are technology-focused careers in pretty much every industry, and these positions are becoming more and more common.
  2. Because technological skills are in demand and require high levels of education and sophistication, wages are generally better than other fields. Demand for technical expertise will only go up in the future. It’s an industry that will only get larger!
  3. Technology is connecting the world in ways never before possible, so there’s an increased need for bilingual professionals and people with international backgrounds. Speaking Spanish will give you a huge advantage!

Your Pathway to A Career in Technology

  • High School: There are special technology-focused high schools in some cities, and anyone can read WIRED, join the school’s tech club, or start programming websites and customizing blogs.
  • Community College: Technology can be complex and intimidating, but it’s never too late to develop an interest and build a career. Two-year institutions are great places for mastering web development, network administration, electronics repair, and information management.
  • Four-Year School: To create smartphones, apps, and everything that makes our modern world “modern”, requires extensive college training and experience, so pick a university with strong engineering programs, large internship networks, and well-attended career fairs.

Tech Positions

Computer Programmers or computer engineers, design, develop, test, and evaluate computer programs and systems. They take an idea, break it into logical steps, and convert the steps into a language that a computer understands. By using logic and reasoning, they design new products, solve problems, and improve the quality of computer software and systems, including those on the Internet.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or mathematics.  Some employers accept two-year Associate’s degrees.
Salary Range: $40,600 to $113,400

Environmental Engineers use chemistry and biology to develop products and procedures that solve environmental problems. They work in areas of public health, waste disposal, water treatment, recycling, and pollution control. They can conduct research, design products, analyze data, or serve as consultants to help companies comply with regulations and prevent environmental harm.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering
Salary Range: $45,000 to $115,000

Mobile Application Developers design, write and edit computer code used for mobile applications such as BlackBerry, Apple iPad, or Android. They design the user experience, write computer code to bring about functionality, diagnose and solve problems, and collaborate with business professionals to create strong mobile applications. It also allows you to be self-employed if you want!!
Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or mathematics.  Some employers accept two-year Associate’s degrees.
Salary Range: $50,000 to $100,000

Top Ten Undergraduate Engineering Programs

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California—Berkeley
  4. California Institute of Technology
  5. Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  7. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  8. Carnegie Mellon University
  9. Cornell University
  10. Purdue University—West Lafayette

U.S. News & World Report (2011)

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