If you haven’t already figured it out, computers are a pretty big deal. So if you are looking for a career in an industry that’s in it for the long haul, think about becoming a computer engineer.
How do I become a computer engineer?
Computer engineers work in the design, development, evaluation, and testing of computer software and systems. Since computer technology changes at such a rapid pace, it is important to stay at the forefront of computer science by remaining up to date with new programs and systems.
Although hands-on experience is the best way to find employment in most industries, many of those looking to remain competitive in the computer world attend school for a degree in computer science. Many liberal arts colleges and universities offer four-year degree programs in computer science or management information systems, while a great number of community colleges and vocational schools also offer two-year associate’s degree programs in computer science and other related disciplines. Many employers are enticed by applicants with college experience because it shows not only that they have the skills necessary to excel in computers, but that they are also committed to learning and growing in the field.
Another way to prove your skills as a computer engineer is to become certified in computer systems. A+ certification is one way to prove your mettle with Microsoft, while other vendors and applications also offer certification in their areas of specialization.
What will I learn in computer engineering school?
If you are enrolling in a computer engineering school, chances are you already know a thing or two about computers. But computer technology advances so quickly that it’s very easy to fall behind on all the new systems and applications. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 80 percent of computer software engineers had at least a bachelor’s degree, so you will be in great company if you enroll in a four-year program.
In a computer engineering school, you will learn the ins and outs of how a computer works and all the applications and programs that can be used on various platforms and computer systems. From C++ to COBOL to Java, you will become fluent in many programming languages, any of which will add value to your resume.
In addition to learning computer hardware, software, and systems from the ground up, many programs also have classes in communications. This is an especially good part to any computer science program, as most computer engineers work as part of a team and will have to maintain excellent interpersonal skills in order to get a job done. As in any vocation, a high degree of professionalism goes a long way, and so there will be a higher chance of employment for those computer engineers who are easy to work with and can give and receive feedback well.
In an industry where C++ is just as good as A+, you can really make the grade as a computer engineer.