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 Post subject: Need help in what to become.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:54 pm 
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I'm 14 and pretty good with computers for my age. I just wanted to know, what kinds of jobs are their in computers. Right now I'm thinking about perusing the path to become a computer programmer but I'm not really sure yet. Thanks for your help guys =]


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WELCOME TO THE MAXIMUM PC FORUMS!!!

Watch out for the monkeys in the break room. :shock:

This question has been asked before several times.

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=82636

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=82099

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=84915

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=89631

Honestly, there are tons of jobs in the IT (Information Technology) field, but not all of them deal directly with computers. For instance, an IT Director or CTO won't crank out code or maintain the servers. That guy will simply manage the team that does it. There's other types of jobs like computer forensics, Data recovery specialists....

It really depends on what aspect you enjoy more. Maintaining or fixing systems so others can use them, or writing the software they use? Also, "computer programming" is quite broad. You'll have to figure out which lingo you're looking to specialize in, or one of the few that you'll know really well. Don't expect to know all of 'em.

Also, frankly, you're only 14. When I was your age, I wanted to be a truck driver. Since then I've gone from wanna-be truck driver to mechanical engineer to police officer, to computer tech, to retail manager (briefly), to network administrator. Not only will your interests change and develop through these crucial years, you're entire self will change almost completely. In 10 years, you'll have been at least 4 different other people practically. Chances are you'll change your career goals a few times along with everything else in your life.

Either way you look at it, you have the interest now. Figure out what you like about computers, what you want to do with them, and then research which career will allow you to do just that.


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Well I was thinking of something along the lines of C++ programing. I know basics of C++, is this a good/easy job?
Also the high school I'm going to.. I'm in the program drafting, machine design, computer aided design using autoCAD software, principles of engineering, projects and architecture. I don't know, but does this have anything to do with c++ programming?


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Well I was thinking of something along the lines of C++ programing. I know basics of C++, is this a good/easy job?
Also the high school I'm going to.. I'm in the program drafting, machine design, computer aided design using autoCAD software, principles of engineering, projects and architecture. I don't know, but does this have anything to do with c++ programming?


The program you're in will teach help you improve your technical thinking, but past that, it's not much good for a career in programming. You'll have better knowledge designing the desk where you computer sits than designing the software it runs.

I really can't answer your questions specific to being a programmer. Never had an interest in it myself.

Is it a good/easy job? Good? I don't know. Easy? Probably not. If you're looking for an easy job, I suggest being a security guard or janitor.

The only thing I know about the programming field is that .NET programming is a popular one to get into, as is Java or Flash development for web apps. What the job market will look like in 10 years when you've finished HS, earned a degree from a decent school, no one can tell.

Frankly, it's good that you're trying to plan ahead, particularly for someone your age. When I was your age, I was high and failing school. However, it's too early to plan something this specific. The job market for every IT field will probably change pretty drastically by the time you're ready to start your career.

Study whatever interests you. If you want to write programs, then write programs. Try out different languages. Try out different things in general. You may find you might like doing something else entirely much more than programming. If you love doing what you do, life will be much better.


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