Training for a career in computers can turn out to be a solid investment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer system design and related fields are expected to be among the fastest growing industries in America. According to the results from a 2008 poll, several careers in computers also average yearly earnings well above the national earning average.
Computer and Information Systems Manager
Computer and information systems managers are among the highest paid occupations within the computer industry. They're responsible for planning and implementing new technology within their organisation and usually tasked with managing all computer-related activities as well. In small companies, they may work alone, but large organisations may operate with a team of computer and information systems managers. An in-depth understanding of computers and a master's degree in a computer-related field is usually a requirement for this position. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information systems managers earned an average annual salary of £72,936 in 2008.
Computer Systems Software Engineer
Computer systems software engineers usually function as the backbone of an organisation's technology department, since they develop and implement its computer software. They're responsible for keeping the company up-to-date in the latest computer programs. In some cases, they may even train employees on how to properly use computer programs. As with most careers in computers, a bachelor's degree is usually required and professional certifications are preferred. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer systems software engineers earned an average annual salary of £60,079 in 2008.
Computer Applications Software Engineer
Computer applications software engineers provide support for computer systems software engineers; they're responsible for maintaining the organisation's computer software. They deal with the day-to-day application of the software and work to make sure the software is performing properly. They may also be responsible for training employees on new software programs. A degree in a computer-related field is usually necessary and an understanding of computer software is required. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer applications software engineers earned an average annual salary of £55,529 in 2008.
- United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer and Information Systems Managers
- United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers
- United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer Systems Design and Related Services
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