With technology forever advancing in the IT sector, the demand for anyone computer-minded has never been greater. There are a variety of specific and related occupations to consider. Apart from designing, programming, and repairing the systems and their accompanying software, there are also positions that involved inputting. Someone, too, will be responsible for creating the content on the internet. This article will feature the main computer-related occupations for consideration by those wishing to enter the sector as a career.
This is probably the first career that springs to mind in the IT sector. It is the programmers who write the code for the computer programs and the mobile applications that we use. They are responsible for, after writing the code, maintaining systems, debugging, and troubleshooting them. It is their job to make sure that everything throughout a computer system is running smoothly and efficiently and any problems are rectified in a timely manner. To solve some of these issues, computer programmers will come up with ideas and designs and test the logical structures of a system. It is a job that requires an aptitude for computers and a mathematical and logical brain.
The IT technician is responsible for repairing the hardware parts of a computer. That is the components that construct them rather than the software that runs them. It is a job that requires a great deal of technical and in-depth computer knowledge. That is not say it cannot be learned. Like any career, it is learned over a few years of study and practise. A useful skill apart from having a thorough understanding of the inner workings of a computer is to be able to solder. Circuit boards contain microchips that can need replacing. Knowledge of computer systems and networks will be required to be able to install and maintain them. Technicians generally work independently but have the back-up of their companies for further technical sort beyond their knowledge. With the technology of computers constantly advancing, it is a job that requires its employees to keep their skills up to date.
With computers needing software to run them, there are plenty of jobs for those developing the software. That is computer programs and applications. These are now being designed for use on mobile devices as well as mainframe PCs. They will include business and educational packages, as well as games, music, and social media apps. It is a wide field, and software developers often specialize. The more creative tend to gravitate towards the gaming sector, coming up with ever more exciting graphics and interactive game ideas. These will be games that can be played on PCs and large television screens, as well as on mobile phones. The number one android game in the world is quoted as being PUGB Mobile, which was initially released in July 2016. PUGB stands for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It is an online battle royale multiplayer game. It was published by PUBG Corporation, who are a subsidiary of Bluehole, a South Korean video game company. Its designer was Brendan Greene, and Tom Salta produced the soundtrack. The fact that two different people are involved demonstrates that there are jobs for designers, who primarily come up with the graphics and interactive elements of the game, as well as musicians to write the music, which is subsequently embedded within the game’s code. No longer are soundtracks a series of computer bleeps, but instead, real instruments playing an atmospherically palpable soundtrack.
We probably remember from our school lessons in IT that information starts as data and then only becomes information once meaningful. It is GIGO, so to speak. That is garbage in, garbage out. In other words, the information a computer produces is only as meaningful as the information that is typed in. Businesses and scientists rely on accurate information to make key decisions. Data inputters are required to have some knowledge or understanding of the information that they are inputting, as well as a reasonable keyboard speed and accuracy. If the content includes large documents of text, rather than numerals, then a typing qualification will be invaluable. A line to type to practice, which includes all the letters of the English alphabet, is: ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’ If you type this on enough occasions you can become the fox and not the lazy dog. Metaphorically speaking and in typing terms.
So, many jobs to consider. Many requiring specific computer knowledge to be learned. Although, in a way, we all contribute to the IT sector if what we write and talk about appears on the internet.