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5 Reasons To Consider Becoming A Tech Geek

5 Reasons To Consider Becoming A Tech Geek

There are many careers and occupations that are known to stand the test of time. Medical practitioners, accountants, and teachers have existed for millennia and will probably exist until the robocalypse. Today, we need to add computer and information technology professionals to that list.

If you really want to get technical, computers started back in the early 1800s. However, computers as we recognize them today were invented over 70 years ago. They have significantly evolved during this time, from what used to be large, room-sized computers that would occupy as many as 1800 square feet of space, to fitting in the palms of our hands.

Whether the roles that exist today are called computer engineers, programmers, or database administrators, the tech industry has now become a permanent and lucrative industry that you should consider getting into.

1. It’s where the jobs are and will be.

Although the role of a computer engineer or computer programmer has been changing and evolving along with technological advancements, these careers are here to stay. They will change and evolve over time as technology moves further into robotics, Internet of Things, cognitive computing, and so on, but if you are looking for an exciting career and job security, this is the place to be.

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    Source: Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up – GeekWire

    This chart tells us that this industry is growing very rapidly, and by 2020 we are expecting to have a shortage of 1 million computer programmers or engineers. This type of shortage implies several things. For one, with higher demand than supply, employers will pay high salaries to fill these positions. It also means that you will have more choice in selecting what company you wish to work for.

    2. The average salaries are very high compared to other fields.

    The United States Department of Labor Statistics shows a software developer earning an average of 93K per year. And that was in 2012. This has increased significantly over the last few years.

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      Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

      In hot market hubs such as Silicon Valley, an entry-level software developer will earn a starting salary of 90-100K+.

      3. It is standing the test of time.

      Technology companies are lasting longer than originally thought — we now have technology companies like IBM that have been around for over 100 years. IBM demonstrates how a technology company adapts. For example, they’ve moved from mostly mainframe computers to cognitive systems like Watson, which lets companies predict health trends or recommends trending gifts during the holidays.

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      If you look at our aspirations as a race, we want to have flying cars, we want to invent teleportation, we want to explore the universe and live on other planets and the list goes on. All these things would not be even considered possible without computer technology. This will continue to drive demand for these types of careers.

      4. Demand in universities continues to grow.

      Universities worldwide continue to see unprecedented growth in their computer science/engineering enrolment and have been expanding to keep up with the demand.

      “An introductory computer science course at Harvard College broke records this fall, becoming the most-registered-for class at the prestigious institution and proving once again that computer science is among the fastest-growing areas in education.” — D. Frank Smith, Edtechmagazine

      Here’s a list of the best global universities for computer science:

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      1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      2. Stanford University
      3. Harvard University
      4. University of California—Berkeley
      5. Tsinghua University
      6. University of Texas—Austen
      7. Nanyang Technological University
      8. University of California—San Diego
      9. National University of Singapore

      Source: USNews.com

      If you are interested in the criteria on how these were ranked, click here.

      5. You want to be rich and famous.

      Many of the richest people in the world have become rich through technology. That includes bigs names like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and many other incredibly wealthy individuals.

      As I mentioned, computer science, software development, computer engineering, or other terms that define and represent technological roles and careers may evolve over time, but are clearly the foundation for the future. The market is definitely headed that way as we advance technology to the next level. I don’t see any signs of this trend slowing down.

      Featured photo credit: Andras Horvath via flickr.com

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      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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      Review Your Past Flow

      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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