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Computer Careers and Certification

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The Computer Industry

A demand for computer professionals continues to grow

IT is predicted to be the fastest growing industry for the next 10 years

Careers in the Computer Industry

Job opportunities in the computer industry generally are available in one or more of these areas

General business and government organizations and their IT departments

Computer equipment field

Computer software field

Computer service and repair field

Computer sales

Computer education and training field

IT consulting

Employees in the IT department work together as a team to meet the information requirements of the organization

Employees also are responsible for keeping all the computer operations and networks running

Jobs in the IT department typically are divided into six main areas


System development and programming

Technical services




The computer equipment field consists of manufacturers and distributors of computers and computer‐related hardware

Careers in this field are available with companies that design, manufacture, and produce computers and device

The computer software field consists of companies that develop, manufacture, and support a wide range of softwar

Job titles might include

Project leader

Project manager

Desktop or mobile application programmer/developer

Technical lead

Software engineer

Computer scientist

Preparing for a Career in the Computer Industry

A trade school typically offers programs in


Web design and development

Graphics design

Hardware maintenance


Personal computer support


If you attend a two‐year college, check for an articulation agreement with a four‐year university

Three broad disciplines produce the greatest number of entry‐level employees

Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

Computer Engineering


Certification is the process of verifying the technical knowledge of an individual who has demonstrated competence in a particular are

Computer certifications are available in these areas

Application software

Operating systems




Digital forensics


The Internet

Database systems

Vendor‐sponsored certifications offer many special benefits as incentives

Professional organizations also offer certifications

Selecting a certification requires careful thought and research

A Guide to Certification

Application Software Certifications

Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS)

Microsoft Certified Application Professional (MCAP)

Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)

Adobe Certified Associate

Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)

Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI)

IBM Certified Professional for Lotus Software

Database System Certifications

IBM Certified Solutions Expert – DB2

IBM Certified Solutions Expert – Informix

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)

Sybase Certified Professional