Wild Wild West! Why get a Computer Programming degree?

No-limit high-stakes poker. The Powerball Lottery. Computer Programming. What do these all have in common? Near cosmic possibilities for astronomical payoffs.

A great lathe operator commands several times the wage of an average lathe operator, but a great writer of software code is worth 10,000 times the price of an average software writer.--- Bill Gates

Welcome to the wild card of job potential— software writing, programming, the creation of systems and solutions. Where other careers promise steady earnings, computer programming can hold a kind of magic key to global-level success.

Every program you are using right now was created by a programmer. Every data pattern that makes your computer work was conceived in a human mind, sparked by human need, driven by someone’s own unique vision, and made possibly by very specific education and training.

Of course, legions of programmers also fill the ever-growing body of employment within the global field of web-based companies. There is an almost endless need for new programming, to keep apace with tech growth and new markets. As the global economy evolves, shrinks, and expands, programmers continually redesign it’s features and possibilities.

Computer careers are specialized like few others, but often require collaboration in teamwork, as the complexity of the web rapidly expands. If you are flexible, eager to learn, and intellectually aggressive, hungry for new challenges, programming could be a perfect fit for you.

Maybe you are one of those people who grew up with computers. And you feel so at home, delving into the logic of software and programs— logic that baffles your friends and family. If so, take your knowledge on to the next level, and the next, through education in programming.

Your educational choices are as dazzling as they are fascinating. To begin with, there are basically two main groups from which to begin your choice— Systems Programmers, and Applications Programmers.

Systems programmers are tasked with running operating systems, maintaining databases and network systems. This responsibility could be as narrow as a small auto parts warehouse, or as large as the entire Toyota Motor Corporation, as small as your own online company from home, or as large as a global database for the United Nations. You would be one of the gate-keepers of the world web system, indispensable and much-respected.

Applications programmers write and run engineering and science programming. You might find yourself a kay player in the space program at NASA, or sitting at home creating the next new program which can revolutionize high math calculations. Or you may have invented a new inventory system, a profit-saving data system that global corporations will buy in an all-out bidding war.

Even in this economy, programming is a must-grow field. Information technology is now the life-blood of both global business and government life. New job descriptions are evolving constantly to support the web infrastructure. It’s an exciting, ever-changing work environment.

Degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, or Management Information Systems are four-year commitments. However, two-year Information Technology degrees are offered at many community colleges, enabling you to get into your field with less time and expense, initially. Of course, online distance learning is another powerful option— to learn the programming disciplines, and build a future of your own, in your own time, tailored to your own needs.

The possibilities extend on and on. If you earn a Sun Certified Java Programmer Certification or Microsoft’s MCSE certification, employment opportunities widen considerably. Postgraduate degree programs give you yet another edge, for advanced positions in the field of your choice.

And there are many other bright futures in programming, besides rising through the ranks of a giant corporation.

If you happen to be artistic, maybe you’ll thrive (and find deep personal satisfaction) as a talented web designer or animator.

Or if you happen to be a tech whiz, maybe you’re wired to become the next programmer to create a radical new system— one that will change the way we all interact with the world.

If so, I’d love to be you. The payoff will be world-class!

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