exactly what makes your laptop tick?
Are you the go-to person
for computer problems from friends and family?
Why not get
paid for it?
find themselves fascinated by computers and unable to drag themselves
away may be perfectly suited to turn their interest in to a lucrative
Besides providing troubleshooting and data
recovery services for local families and businesses, there
are a huge number of careers available to those with a natural
passion, and they range from requiring few (if any) qualifications
- to a minimum of a four year degree just for an entry level job.
The easiest positions in the computer industry to obtain are help
desk jobs. These jobs require little training to do, but compared
to other jobs in related fields the pay is low, averaging $25,000
to $30,000 a year, and as these services continue to be outsourced
overseas, the sector is increasingly shrinking rather than expanding.
Another rapidly growing field is that of computer forensics where computer "detectives" are called upon to join
criminal investigations by examining the hard drives of suspected criminals...
programmer is another popular position within the industry.
The more languages and tools a computer programmer knows, the
more employable they are, and most computer programmers hold at
least a two year degree.
However, all that is basically required is a knowledge of computer languages and a natural curiosity.
Many computer programmers are also self employed and do freelance
work. Unlike their less skilled counterparts, however, computer
programmers earn about $65,000 a year, more than double that of
help desk technicians.
their help desk counterparts, these positions are increasingly
moving overseas by larger companies, although there are still
opportunities for both freelancers and those who follow careers
with smaller companies.
Finally, there are the software engineers, systems analysts, software
publishers, and systems managers, the jobs which usually require
significant schooling but also pay the best and are difficult
or impossible to outsource.
However, these jobs are the most difficult for beginners to crack,
since they do require a significant amount of training and schooling.
However, with the proper training expect to make around $75,000
a year on average.
growing and lucrative field is that of computer
forensics where computer "detectives" are called upon to join
criminal investigations by examining the hard drives of suspected
criminals. Although only a few large companies have computer forensics
experts on staff, starting salaries in the field can range as
high as $85,000-$100,000. That is, for experts graduating from a recognized
program in a degree granting college, or have passed the Certified
Computer Examiner (CCE) certification examination or have equivalent
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