As societies change, technological advances transform everything in our lives, from the clothes we wear to the jobs we do. In this post, we are going to explain some of these changes and get insight into why studying for a career related to technology is a promising path towards your future.
Are you indecisive about what major to choose? or, are you having doubts about what you are studying right now?There are plenty of courses and degrees that will help you establish yourself in a very passionate future of technology. Are you ready to learn how to become a techie?
Welcome to a New Digital Era
The so-called Third Industrial Revolution has completely changed the workings of our economies. We’re now in the Information Era. Many decades before, we used to send important documents in an expensive, slow and inefficient manner. Now, we use Gmail and Dropbox. And we get them to their destination in just a matter of seconds.
Some experts argue that we’re at the doors of a new transformation that will change again not just the digital world, but also the rest, making the physical and digital fields to converge. Technology is everywhere and the companies and products are incorporating those advances increasing their added value. Think about the Technological Wearables. Apart from style, materials and colours. What can we do to improve regular clothing? Connect it to the internet and incorporate thousands of new applications.
There are many different fields in which technological advances are creating new jobs, careers and, of course, interesting news for the interested reader.
New Promising Fields
For instance, the Data Science Field. What can we learn from the millions and millions of new data that is created every day? Let’s find out what by using massive computing power. Careers in Statistics and Big Data are ones of the most valued. It’s not just that, as the Economist Chief of Google, Hal Varian, said: “The sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians”. It is also that being a data scientist is one of the more profitable careers you could find.
The average median statistician in the U.S. earns 80,000 dollars approximately and the Job Outlook is growing five times faster than the rest of jobs (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Another example in the Technology Field are Programmers and Network Managers. Every new company needs an Internal Technician, someone who is able to create, manage and, especially, fix networks and connectivity. Also, many companies need programmers to develop applications and technological solution to their issues. Again, the salaries are relatively high and the job outlook is growing really faster.
Finally, some technological futurists. Does the name ‘Elon Musk’ tell you anything? Maybe it should. Because he is involved in many different companies which will be important in the near future. Connecting minds to the internet, ultra-fast speed streets, travelling to Mars. Nowadays, we think about some of his ideas as rather utopian. But, who would have thought about computers a century ago? Technology can possibly make that happen.
Without the need of thinking about space rockets, there is one interesting fact we should be aware of, and that is: The jobs of the future will be related to this new technological advances. Every kid in the future will learn to code as a basic skill, in the same vein we think about algebra. We should be prepared.
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4 Degrees that will help you to start a “techie” career
It seems straightforward. If you want to start with computation, choose Computer Science. From the internal workings of programming code to the study of growing networks. Is, in any case, a high-valued degree.
Computer programming is based on logic. Math is logic and Statistics is an applied extension of Mathematical Knowledge to deal with data. So, remember that being able to think mathematically and formally is an essential skill to a technological career. Especially, if you are looking for work in a data company.
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There are many kinds of Engineering degrees, not just Computer Engineering. Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architectural, etc. They all count with different functions and contribute to the development of technology. These degrees can help you establish a recognized and valuable position. However, these kinds of degrees will come with further studies as PH.Ds and Graduate school.
You might be surprised and think about economics as something related to taxes, GDP and inflation. Essentially, this is true. But you must also know that there is a growing trend of Quantitative Economists with programming skills which are being hired by High Tech companies as Amazon. Many industrial organization applications need qualified programmers and economics knowledge. Remember Hal Varian? He is the author of one of the leading microeconomics manuals in the world AND is also the Chief Economist of Google.
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MOOCs and Certificates of Employment
If you’re not sure about which path you should follow. Maybe you should try with a course in a Technology-related discipline. Also, if you are in the middle of a career and you want to try with something new, you could as well take a course.
Fortunately, platforms like Coursera, Udacity or edX have thousands of free courses which you can watch as an auditor without paying, but to get a validated certificate you will have to upgrade. To name a few relevant courses:
Also, there are Specializations and Micromasters, groups of courses which form a complete program in which you can complement your official degrees with new skills. For instance, the Microsoft Professional Orientation in Data Science (edX)
Companies value this as a complementary skill which also demonstrates the ability to improve the professional horizons of a person. Thus, many professionals are paying for certificates of this kind and incorporating them into their CV’s and Linkedin profiles.
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To sum up:
Technology is changing the job market. Companies are looking to hire people with programming and technological skills. Jobs in technology are surely the future. Choosing a degree in a related field or complementing your formation with an online course seems as a good way to start.