I just retired after 50 years working in Information Technology (IT). I have an AS in Science/Math and a BS in Management Information Systems (MIS). During my 50 years I worked for many companies, commercial and military (with a Secret DOD and NATO clearances), and executed many different IT assignments. Also, I took many courses each of the companies offered during the lunch hour, etc.
In my later years working IT I have seen Computer Science (CS) grow into many many specialties. When I worked as a Release Engineer there were many employees with CS degrees that specialized in different areas that didn't exist 50 years ago.
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Before you go to college you should go on the Internet and learn some of the programming languages (there are many free online courses) since every CS degree requires some programming skills.
Also, you may want to look at degrees where CS in the major and another discipline is your minor.
So you need to start at the bottom: AS, BS, MS, PhD and work your way up. But remember college education is very expensive these days and you will need the money or take out loans to achieve you goal.
Many years ago I knew a married couple. The husband's goal was to get a PhD in Organic Chemistry. When he started working on his BS degree, a PhD in Organic Chemistry was a degree not many people had and there was a great demand. His wife work as a bank teller and he taught classes at the University. During this time they lived in a married campus housing facility and put off raising a family. After he finally received his PhD in Organic Chemistry the demand had cooled because there were many new PhD's in Organic Chemistry, etc. So he had to accept an Research Assistant position at a University.
The moral of the story is that any college degree take time and money. But my advice is to explore the many areas of Computer Science and make sure you select one you REAL enjoy because you may be working 50 years at that specialty. Good luck on your search.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Take a free online computer programming course. Take another programming course in a different language.
- Review on the Internet, what other young people think about the CS specialties they are working after graduation.
- Find colleges or universities that specialize in the area of CS you want to study.