Career Choices With Computers

by Stephen Jeske

There's more to a career in computers than programming. There are at least seven other career choices that are intellectually stimulating and financially rewarding. Creativity, analytic ability and critical thinking are typical of the skills you need for success in these jobs. A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field is necessary, but not all jobs require programming proficiency.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and information research scientists work primarily on a theoretical level, creating and improving algorithms to make computer systems as fast as possible. A doctoral degree in computer science is the standard requirement. However, the extra effort in obtaining this degree is well rewarded. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, reports a 2011 median annual wage of $101,080.

Software Developers

Software developers apply their creativity to design computer programs. Most developers specialize in either application design or operating system development. Strong programming skills are an advantage, since many developers are responsible for programming, in addition to design. According to the BLS, the 2011 median annual wage for this occupation is $89,280.

Computer Systems Analysts

Systems analysts help organizations to operate with greater efficiency through effective use of information technology. Businesses prize their highly developed analytic skills for studying computer systems and procedures, then making appropriate recommendations. Some analysts specialize in systems design, software quality assurance or programming. BLS reports a median annual wage of $78,770 for this occupation.

Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer Network Architects

This diverse field uses information technology to help organizations meet their goals. Information security analysts ensure that information remains secure from unauthorized use. Web developers build websites for companies to conduct business over the Internet. Network architects create computer networks for an organization's internal use. This job provides a median annual wage of $77,990, according to BLS 2011 data.

Database Administrators

Large companies, with their equally large data requirements, employ database administrators to keep data secure, uncorrupted and available to users. Database administrators spend the majority of their time making sure the database runs efficiently. They also occasionally write or modify programs. The BLS reports that the 2011 median annual wage for this career was $75,190.

Computer Programmers

Computer programmers take program designs, provided by software developers, and write the necessary code to run them on a computer. Though small companies usually merge program development with programming, larger organizations often separate them into two distinct functions. The median annual wage for this position, according to 2011 BLS data, is $72,630.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Organization with complex computer networks use network administrators to keep their system running smoothly while preventing unauthorized access. They are responsible for maintaining a wide variety of communication systems, including local area networks, intranets and wide area networks. BLS 2011 data states that employment in this profession provides a median annual wage of $70,970.

About the Author

Stephen Jeske began writing professionally in 2010 for various websites. He is a former partner in a 49-year-old family business and has been a private investor for over three decades. Jeske holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialized Honors Music from York University.

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