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978-1-58207-266-1 / 9781582072661

Careers in Computer Software and Hardware

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Publisher:Wetfeet.Com

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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If you're fascinated with technology and prefer working with words and symbols than with transistors, software may be the career for you. Software does require a different skill-set than hardware engineering but the basic characteristicsa desire for an elegant solution, a need to make things work, patience, and creativityare similar. The working environment for a software engineer is slightly different from that of someone in hardware in that the former is a little more independent. Though team-based, most software workflows require a lot more solo work

The hardware industry is far ranging, its products showing up in places you might not expect. Of course there are the giant servers, the desktop computers, the game consoles. But there are also the microchips that go in cell phones, into talking teddy bears, into car engines. All present characteristic and sometimes unique challengesso, if you're the type who always loved taking apart toys, is obsessed by circuit diagrams and all that arcane stuff, don't just look at computer companies for potential jobs. And, in your search, don't forget to look at the companies that make products that connect to all of the above: printers, keyboards, microphones, diagnostic devices are all "hardware."

This WetFeet Insider will tell you what to expect in the computer software and hardware industries and how to get into them. Read this insider to learn:

  • Who the major players are and what products they produce.
  • How the major trends of consolidation, downsizing, and outsourcing affect you, the job seeker.
  • The range of positions available in these industries -- from software engineer to marketing communications specialist.
  • What a typical day in the life is like for a few veterans.
  • What the hours are like, and the compensation you can expect.
  • What to do (and not to do) before and during the interview.
  • More!

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