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Careers and Degrees in Computing.ppt

  1. 1. Careers and Degrees in Computing Stuart Hansen Department of Computer Science UW - Parkside
  2. 2. Careers and Degrees <ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>What is the “real” computing world about? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you prepare to be part of it? </li></ul><ul><li>What does UW-Parkside have to offer? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Careers <ul><li>Most Important Point: </li></ul><ul><li>You have to have a job that you </li></ul><ul><li>love. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Careers <ul><li>Most Important Point: </li></ul><ul><li>You have to have a job that you </li></ul><ul><li>like. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Careers <ul><li>Most Important Point: </li></ul><ul><li>You have to have a job that you </li></ul><ul><li>don’t dislike. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Careers <ul><li>Software Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Project Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Programmer </li></ul><ul><li>Database Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>System Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Help Desk Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Game Designer </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-Informaticist </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Designer </li></ul><ul><li>Animator </li></ul><ul><li>Trainer/Teacher </li></ul>
  7. 7. Computer Programmer <ul><li>Programming is cool </li></ul><ul><li>Many entry level positions </li></ul><ul><li>Differs from AP CS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost always on a team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects are much larger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards are much stricter </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Computer Programmer <ul><li>Computer Science majors fit this job very nicely </li></ul><ul><li>Management Information Systems majors often lack the technical background </li></ul>
  9. 9. Software Engineer
  10. 10. Software Engineer <ul><li>Possesses skills for large projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Millions of lines of code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams of dozens or hundreds of programmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis, design, coding, testing, installation, maintenance </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Software Engineer <ul><li>Most CS majors now are required to take one or two semesters of software engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Many major universities offer Masters Degrees in SE </li></ul>
  12. 12. Game Designer/Developer <ul><li>Only as good as your last game </li></ul><ul><li>Combines programming and animation </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs are few and far between </li></ul>
  13. 13. Digipen Institute at UW - Parkside <ul><li>Digipen is a college specializing in games </li></ul><ul><li>Offers 3 separate courses each summer at UW-Parkside </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t count towards the CS major </li></ul>
  14. 14. Computer Engineer <ul><li>Hardware and interface gurus </li></ul><ul><li>Designing the Itanium chip </li></ul><ul><li>Developing interfaces to other devices </li></ul><ul><li>Real time programming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cruise control system on your car </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Landing the Space Shuttle </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Computer Engineer <ul><li>Find a good program at a major university </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UW-Madison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MSOE </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. System Administrator <ul><li>Takes care of the computers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware and software installations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Account administration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rule #1 Don’t get your Sys. Admin. angry </li></ul>
  17. 17. Database Administrator <ul><li>Computers do 2 things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handle large amounts of data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Database administrators take care of the data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School records, health records, IRS records, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it accurate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast access </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Related Careers <ul><li>Bioinformatics </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Web Developer </li></ul><ul><li>Online Journalism </li></ul>
  19. 19. Bioinformatics
  20. 20. Bioinformatics Examples <ul><li>The Human Genome Project </li></ul><ul><li>Designing new drugs to treat chronic diseases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diabetes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arthritis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abbott Labs hires many of UW-Parkside’s Bioinformatics graduates </li></ul>
  21. 21. Education of Bioinformatics <ul><li>UW-Parkside has a major in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics </li></ul><ul><li>Very rigorous program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 year course plan laid out </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Last spring’s Chancellor’s Award Winner was Bioinformatics major with a CS minor </li></ul>
  22. 22. Graphic Design & Digital Arts <ul><li>Use Computers to create art </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most ads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoreboard during Packer games </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Graphic Design <ul><li>No Computer Science </li></ul><ul><li>No programming </li></ul><ul><li>Use computers a lot, anyway </li></ul>
  24. 24. Degrees <ul><li>Most Important Point: </li></ul><ul><li>In high school take 4 years of math and 4 years of English. </li></ul><ul><li>The 3Rs are still the basis for all advanced education. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Degree Choices <ul><li>Computer Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Science of computing (duh!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many topics courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Operating Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Data Communications and Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Files and Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial Intelligence </li></ul>
  26. 26. CS Degrees Prepare you for <ul><li>Almost any job in computing </li></ul><ul><li>Note that courses in a Bachelor’s Degree are almost never technology specific </li></ul><ul><li>e.g., tech schools teach ASP.Net, </li></ul><ul><li> CS programs teach web programming </li></ul>
  27. 27. Management Information Systems <ul><li>Generally located in the Business Dept </li></ul><ul><li>Much less technically oriented that CS </li></ul><ul><li>Much more emphasis on dealing with clients and the entire business process </li></ul><ul><li>CS and MIS students sometimes compete for the same jobs. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics <ul><li>Growing number of schools offer degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Madison is very well known internationally </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of biology and lots of CS </li></ul><ul><li>More and more jobs for pharmaceutical companies </li></ul>
  29. 29. Graphic Design <ul><li>Located in the Art Department </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on using computers to create art </li></ul><ul><li>No programming </li></ul><ul><li>Job prospects depends more on artistic ability and less on skills with computer </li></ul>
  30. 30. UW – Parkside Degree Programs <ul><li>Degree Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Science </li></ul><ul><li>or CS with a concentration in Computer Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Management Information Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Design </li></ul>
  31. 31. CS at UW - Parkside <ul><li>Great teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Solid program </li></ul><ul><li>Small class sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Far enough from home, but not too far. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Internships
  33. 33. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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