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5 Reasons To Consider Becoming A Tech Geek

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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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    salary sw developer

      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.

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      Featured photo credit: Andras Horvath via flickr.com

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      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

      Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

      During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

      But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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      Simplify

      I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

      Absolutely.

      And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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      If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

      • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
      • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
      • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

      Be Mindful

      You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

      Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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      Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

      Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

      Reflect

      As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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      Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

      But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

      So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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