E-Portfolio Final Career Project by Brandon millerThe two careers I choose to compare were the following:Career 1: Systems AnalystWhat is this job like?Systems analysts figure out how to use computers to get things done. They tell businesses and otherorganizations which computers and software to buy, and they decide how to get those tools to worktogether.Computer systems analysts start their work by asking people what they need their computers to do.Then, they plan a computer system that can do those tasks well. A system can include many computersworking together and different types of software and other tools.• How do you get ready?Many computer systems analysts have a college degree in computer science, information science, ormanagement information systems. Some analysts get college degrees in other subjects. Then, they takecomputer classes and get computer experience.• How much does this job pay?In May 2008, average yearly wages for computer systems analysts were $78,830.• How many jobs are there?In 2008, there were 532,000 computer systems analysts. Many worked for computer consultingcompanies. Others were self-employed. They often moved from place to place working on differentprojects.Analysts also worked for governments, universities, Internet companies, and financial institutions.• What about the future?The number of computer systems analysts is expected to grow much faster than average through theyear 2018.
People with proper training should have good job prospects. Those who have college degrees inbusiness and courses related to computers also should be able to find jobs in this field.• Are there other jobs like this?Computer and information systems managersComputer programmersComputer software engineers• Where can you find more information?More BLS information about computer systems analysts, database administrators, and computerscientists can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.Career 2:Database AdministratorWhat is this job like?The Internet and electronic commerce (e-commerce) generate lots of data. Computer databases thatstore information are found in nearly every industry. Data must be stored, organized, and managed.Database administrators work with database software to find ways to do this. They identify user needs,set up computer databases, and test systems. They ensure that systems perform as they should and addpeople to the system as needed. Database administrators often plan security measures. Data integrity,backup, and security are critical parts of the job.• How do you get ready?Database administrators must be able to think logically. Being able to concentrate and pay closeattention to detail is important. These computer specialists sometimes work on their own, but theyoften work in teams. They must be able to communicate with computer personnel, such asprogrammers and managers. They must also communicate with other staff that may have no computertraining.
• How much does this job pay?In May 2008, average yearly wages of database administrators were $72,900. Database administratorswho worked at companies that designed computer systems earned an average of $81,050 in May 2008.• How many jobs are there?There were about 120,400 database administrators in 2008.Database administrators work in every sector of the economy. The largest number work in the computersystems design and related services industry. Many work for Internet service providers, Web searchportals, and data-processing, hosting, and related services firms.• What about the future?The number of database administrators is expected to grow much faster than the average for alloccupations through 2018. This is because the Internet and e-commerce will continue to expand,resulting in a continuing need to build and maintain databases. Also, the increasing importance beingplaced on "cyber security"—the protection of electronic information—will require workers skilled ininformation security.• Are there other jobs like this?Computer and information systems managersComputer hardware engineersComputer programmersComputer software engineersStatisticians• Where can you find more information?
More BLS information about computer systems analysts, database administrators, and computerscientists can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook also shows where to findout even more about this job. They can be compared and contrasted because a systems analyst is responsible for researching,planning and recommending software and system choices to meet an organizations businessrequirements.Systems analysts may act as a liaison between vendors and the organization they represent. They maybe responsible for developing cost analyses, design considerations, and implementation time-lines. Theymay also be responsible for the studies of a computer system before making recommendations to thesenior management. As for the duties of a Database administrator are wide-ranging, and vary widely from one organizationto another. They are usually charged with installing, supporting, and maintaining servers or othercomputer systems, and planning for and responding to service outages and other problems. Otherduties may include scripting or light programming, project management for systems-related projects,supervising or training computer operators, and being the consultant for computer problems beyondthe knowledge of technical support staff. A Database Administrator must demonstrate a blend oftechnical skills and responsibility.
• “Is This for You?” What does a person do in this career and are you stillinterested in this field? Does this field match the results of your assessments?Yes this career is for me what a person basically does in this career is expands ormodifies system to serve new purposes or improve work flow. As well asTesting, maintaining, and monitors computer programs and systems, includecoordinating the installation of computer programs and systems. And finallyDevelops documents and revises system design procedures, test procedures,and quality standards. And I believe it was a fifty-fifty for the results but I stillwant to go for it.• “What to Learn” What type of degree or certification do you need for thiscareer?The following I would need would be:1. Bachelor’s degree in an IT or engineer field2. Must have a good understanding of IT architecture, IT systems, andprogramming and development skills.• “Money & Outlook” What is the salary range for this career and theemployment outlook? Is this what you expected?This job is paid between $52,400 and $82,980 and yes I did expect this.
• “Connections” Select at least one networking resource from this area andtell how it benefits your career choice.One networking resource that can benefit my career choice would have to bewww.acm.org and I say this because the world’s largest educational andscientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as ascience and a profession. Also ACM provides the computing fields premierDigital Library and serves its members and the computing profession withleading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources. And to me thatwill be able to benefit me in my future career becauseACM has resources foreveryone.
• What did you learn about yourself after completing the Choices “WorkValues Sorter” and FOCUS?After completing these I have realized what values I have as an individual and Iwas very surprised by the results I never knew I was artistic but I also realizedthat I appreciate hard work and dedication and my recognition for good deedsand achievements in the work place.• Were you interested in any of the suggested careers that matched yourassessments? If so, which ones? Did you research them? If not, why not?No I was not interested in the other careers suggested.So basically I say thisbecause I am focused on one and only one goal which was to become an analystand though I did look and see what they had to offer I just felt that thesecareers are right for me.• What occupation did you research from the “Gold Star” list?Discuss yourfindings from the categories listed above.Computer Engineer was one of the occupations I researched while doing thisproject and it does offers about 42.94 an hour and it does sound good but it alsohas Work Activities that consist of analyzing information to determine softwareand hardware needs. And be able to confer with clients and project managers toobtain information about projects. Also determine whether software andhardware can be created in time and within the budget.
• Which of the web sites under “Connections” did you check out? What didyou learn from this website?What I learned after checking out www.acm.org is that it helps people findcareers if they are in need of a job because frankly around these days they arevery hard to find. Because it is their goal to connect members with the mostvaluable career opportunities while also connecting academic, government, andcorporate employers with their unique audience of qualified candidates in thecomputing industry. They also give tips and hints to job seekers.• Based on what you have learned with this research what is youreducational and career goal? Did this research influence your decision?Yes the research did influence my decision. After doing days of research I haveseen that my educational goal is to earn at least a bachelors degree; be able tothink logically; and be detail-oriented. Also have strong problem solving skills;and be creative as my career goal I think right now I want to be the best andreach for the top analyst for the company I work for in the future.• In what way did you find this project helpful? Did you find any surprises?Yes indeed I did find many surprises in this project I have noticed that I need tostrive for the best and work harder for this job because it is being outsourcedlike a competition and that is something I want to compete for I am going towork hard while attending this school to reach my goal and be the best. Butother than that I really did find I like for example appreciation and recognitionas well as teamwork which is something I really value as a person.
Choice values results:AchievementIts very important to you that your work allows you to use your best abilities.You want to see the results of your work and get a feeling of accomplishment.RecognitionIts very important to you that your work satisfies your need for prestige andleadership opportunities, as well as opportunities for advancement.View Careers Matching your Work ValuesYou’reranking of the Work Values
Click a title to see a description of a work value and all the occupationsassociated with it.Keep in mind that the higher the ranking, the better the work value matchesyou.Work ValuesAchievement[30 out of 30]Recognition[24 out of 30]Relationships[22 out of 30]Support[20 out of 30]Working Conditions[13 out of 30]
Your work interests in the order you selected can be described as:Realistic"The doers" People in the realistic category often prefer to work with objectsand things. They are likely to enjoy creating things with their hands and usingtools and machines. Some prefer large, powerful machines like tractors, whileothers prefer precision machinery such as X-ray or electronic equipment. Peoplein this category generally enjoy being physically active, repairing equipment,rebuilding cars, fixing electrical things, solving mechanical problems, playingsports, working outdoors, and using their hands.Artistic"The creators" People in the artistic category prefer to be expressive. Theylike the opportunity to create new things and be innovative. They typically donot like structure or conformity. They prefer to use their imagination and becreative. People in this category generally enjoy activities such as: writing,poetry, photography, designing, singing, acting, dancing, painting, attendingtheaters and exhibits, and reading.Social"The helpers" People in the social category prefer to work with others. Theytend to be highly verbal, express themselves well, and get along well in groups.Social types typically prefer the team approach to problem solving. People inthe social category often describe themselves as cooperative, friendly, andunderstanding. They generally enjoy teaching, caring for others, volunteering,mediating disputes, meeting new people, and working in groups.Investigative"The thinkers" People in the investigative category often have a strongdesire to understand cause and effect, and solve puzzles and problems. Theyoften work in jobs that are scientific in nature. Their work often involves theanalysis of data, using formulas, graphs and numbers. Investigative typestypically prefer to work independently, and with minimum supervision. People
in this category generally enjoy using computers, solving math problems,interpreting formulas, and thinking abstractly.Conventional"The organizers" People in the conventional category often prefer orderly,systematic work. Work tasks often include keeping records, and organizingwritten and numerical materials according to a plan. They like to see things runefficiently and smoothly, which means they will pay attention to administrativedetails. They generally enjoy keeping accurate records, organizing, working withnumbers, and using a computer.Enterprising"The persuaders" People in the enterprising category often prefer activitiesselling and promoting. They enjoy influencing others and being in a leadershipposition. They often use their skills to influence others. They often likecompetitive activities and are often self-confident, talkative and energetic. Theygenerally enjoy discussing politics, selling and promoting, having power andstatus, giving talks and speeches, and leading groups.