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Old 04-01-2004, 11:25 AM   #1
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Job prospects for certain majors

I've heard it a million times: "You probably won't end up getting a job in your major"

But realistically, i was curious of the education of the people here and what kind of positions they hold? Not only certs, but degrees etc.

Im currently an undergrad persuing a CIS degree. It mainly focuses on programming, sadly. I was thinking of augmenting it with some telecom courses.

What sort of jobs do people here hold? How did you get them? What sort of education do you have?
Old 04-01-2004, 11:29 AM   #2
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Err... I'm not the norm but I was in school double majoring in architecture / CS but never finished. I was hired while in school for a large consulting firm. Now with 7 years of industry experience in consulting, engineering, I'm in charge of product development for a small medical company. Experience counts for a lot, I think.

Oh, it helps to have good social skills as well. networking is important in the corporate world.

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Old 04-01-2004, 11:42 AM   #3
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I have been working in the industry for 30+ years. I started 15 years ago in the mainframe and migrated 15 years ago over to doing both PC and Mainframe. I have been what most people call a bit tidddler for all of that time. I still love to development and still do.

I currently teach computer science at one of the local universities and I have seen more and more students from China, India, Korea then I have seen in the past. They are here on visa's that last two to three years to get their educations. They then return home to pursue a career. However, the type of student should give you some indication as to where the job market is going. In particuar, my education is a B.S in Physics, M.S. is Applied Statistice, and Ph.D. in Educational Physhology: Evaluation and Measurement.

Much has been said in the past year about out sourcing of jobs, especially tech professions. This is definetly true. The current philosopy with in the computer industry is to farm out all of the programming and keep the management jobs here.

If I was to make a suggestion to you, get you degree in CIS but make the emphasis in the communication end. It is very difficult to export network support out of the country when the people you are support exist here. Also, you need to give yourself a fall back profession in the event you do not get what you want. Getting a teaching certification in either elementary or secondary is a real safe bet. -
Old 04-05-2004, 06:33 PM   #4
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This link might be somewhat relevant the initial posters question.

Also, the ultimate source is the Employee Occupations Outlook Handbook which comes out every two years and can be found at most public libraries. The 2004-05 edition is supposed to be in print sometime this month or so I think. Meanwhile a Web versionn can be found here:
Old 04-19-2004, 10:01 AM   #5
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My degree is in education, secondary education, social studies major, minor in spanish. However I paid my way through my private education working in the Information Technology departement. I started in the helpdesk area and slowly moved myself up to the senior student technican (basically in charge of all student computer issues and the student labs). When I graduated from college I couldn't find a job as a teacher, it's hard when you are up against 100+ people each job opening.
I found a job at tech support for an ISP and then I was in the search for a full time job I found the current job I am at. I am systems administrator for a local bank, under 100 employees and growing. I have my MCSA, Network+ and Linux+ certifications.


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