Topic started by aruvi on Wed Nov 10 23:03:37 .
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I am about to enter University next year. But I am still very unsure about what to study. I had thought of doing engineering, preferably computer engineering or programming. I went for a few sessions at Universities but I still don't know what these jobs require, and how they are like once you start working. I know that quite a few of you are in the computer fields. Can you please help me by writing how the jobs will be like and anything else relevant to the topic. Thanks a lot.
- From: thathuvavaathi (@ 1cust3.tnt3.hou3.da.uu.net)
on: Thu Nov 11 03:37:48
If you choose to enter the software industry, at the entry level you'll be a programmer. For this position, you'll have to know one or more programming language(s) (Java, VisualBasic, C/C++, etc...) and preferably a Database (ORACLE, Sql Server, Sybase etc...). The software industry is moving towards e-commerce which is going to be real hot in the near future. So there will a good demand for people with e-commerce knowledge, which involves HTML, XML, ASP, Java, Pearl, Active-X etc... Apart from the Micrsoft platform, you can also learn and become a programmer for other platforms like Unix, X-Windows, Apple Mac, IBM platforms (ES/9000, AS/400, RS/6000), ERP (there is a down trend for this) etc... but Microsoft platform/products are much sought after and job opportunity is also more.
Instead of application programing, you can become a system programmer which deals with low-level system stuff. For this you may need the knowledge of C/C++ or similar languages. But the job opportunity is very limited for this avenue.
You can become a hardware/design engineer for which a degree in Computer engineering or Electrical, Electronics will be good.
IMO, an Engineering degree with importance to Software/programming would be a wise choice.
If you decide to choose Software as your career, you need not worry about what to learn now. Because, by the time you get your degree, you will be well versed with the market scenario. IMO, most of the current US software professionals do not have a specialized degree in computers/software. So I think you will do very well once you have a degree in computers.
All the best in choosing your career.
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