Decide my future career.

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  1. Linkiboy
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    What is a good paying, math-reliant profession should I pursue?

    How much do programmers get paid, anyway?
     
  2. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

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    I hear there's a lot of money in Snake Oil.
     
  3. VVoltz

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    It depends on the state you are located.
    I've heard the best area around the east coast is the Washington, DC metro. area.

    In a city called Bethesda salary is pretty good. Welcome to the field, lil' Linky, I'm a programmer too.

    Ahh... soon you'll stop being Linkyboy to turn into Linkyguy and then Linkyadult and after a while Linkysenior and Linkyold. Right now I'm not working on any company though.

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    WTF mthrnite what have you done with your avatar and sig?!?!, my eyes!!!!!!, my eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyes!!
     
  4. superrob

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    Well im going for programmer and the good thing are that there are not so many choosing that cereer in Denmark rigth now.
    Means good payment [​IMG]
     
  5. FAST6191

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    Some might say it is unwise to get your fellow 'tempers to choose this sort of thing. I say it is probably better than any careers "advice" centres I have ever been too.

    Every fool and his donkey has some computer qualifications these days so you will need to have some serious ones to compete. Still if you do it right (i.e. do not get an MCSE and call it a day) then you can get places. There are three main types of computing qualification:
    electrical -
    Probably fairly self explanatory: tends to focus more on hardware and the software around it: you will not write the next MS office but a graphics card/new instruction set is possible.

    straight computing
    This is the archetypal qualification. Lots of everything and fairly well rounded unless you choose to bias it.

    maths:
    Some will advise against it but this more straight computing than electrical, it will however enable you to get bored and switch with relative ease and you can find yourself dealing with the gritty realities of video codecs and high performance stuff.

    Any of the above three can get you a technician type job and to some extent they are not set in stone. All will have major areas of overlap.

    As for other maths stuff:
    Accountant: get into the legal side of things (accountancy and law qualifications are fairly readily available) and you can have a damn interesting career.

    Engineer: there are about 90 different proper engineering careers that I can think of and they all require you to be pretty hot on the maths front. (electrical, integrated, materials, mechanical, civil, aerospace, biomedical, design, automotive, machine, fluid mechanics and to a lesser extent chemical. That is a bunch of very broad categories too. Mechanical, fluid mechanics and aerospace are probably the more maths oriented of the lot but I would not count out the rest.

    A straight up maths qualification can also do stuff if you have a minor (if I understand the US education system correctly).

    psst mrthnite you are supposed to say Aeon Silk
     
  6. mcsquared

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    if i was going back to uni i'd definitely be looking at engineering, keep telling my 6th form to look at it all the time but they cock their nose up at it thinking its a shit job
     
  7. Hanafuda

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    be a pharmacist ... it involves some math (counting pills as you drop them into a bottle) and you'll make an obscene amount of dollars (considering what the job involves).
     
  8. superrob

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    Lol [​IMG]
     
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    Unless academia is you chosen course or you go into Europe you will soon realise the UK consists of paper pushers and the service industry.
     
  10. pkprostudio

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    Sell drugs. It's a good way to make money. j/k

    Well, I don't know about this, as I don't even know what I'll do yet... and I'm already in 10th grade. *sigh*



    I didn't even know it was mthrnite until you pointed that out. [​IMG]
     
  11. Linkiboy
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    Maybe I should become a phoenix wright...
     
  12. Taras

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  13. nintendofreak

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    Yes all those illegal immigrants taking our jobs as Engineers and commercial programmers. [​IMG] [​IMG]


    I dont know about you guys, but i chose my career on what i like. (Electrical Engineering and Some Computer Science) It Just turns out thats theyre pretty well paid jobs [​IMG]


    EDIT: Taras: COMPTON?!?! Im in South Gate Yo.
     
  14. pkprostudio

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    No you can't. Phoenix Wright was born in 1992... hey, maybe I'm Phoenix! [​IMG]
     
  15. cubin'

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    do what interests you linkiboy, I couldn't imagine doing a job a hated for the rest of my life.


    "be a pharmacist ... it involves some math (counting pills as you drop them into a bottle) and you'll make an obscene amount of dollars (considering what the job involves)."

    I'm doing pharmacology at uni next year [​IMG] good times
     
  16. superkrm

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    computer engineering is what im studying.

    or you could be a prostitute

    gotta account for all the money or get pimped slapped
     
  17. cheapassdave

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    dont you have to be in school (college) for 10 years to be a pharmacist? [​IMG]
     
  18. Linkiboy
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    I don't know what I want to be, I just know what I'm good at.
     
  19. juggernaut911

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    don't u need mad skillz for that? [​IMG] :rofl jk!


    the programmers here should post their stuff cause I'm pretty bored of photoshopping everything! wanna test!!
    I wanna be a game designer! [​IMG] no influences needed!
     
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