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Is technology a good field for a career?

I'm a sophomore student athlete in high school and want to work with technology.
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Natalie’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Zach,

Great question! Technology is definitely a great field to consider having a career in, and as a field it is constantly growing and encompasses lots of areas.

Within the field there are different types of technology, two main ones are hardware technology (think, something you can hold) and software technology (think, everything powering the screen you see on a device).

Within these types of technology, there are many different fields: medical technology, food technology, social networking, environmental technology, non-profit technology, consumer technology (phones, computers, etc.) and many more.

Finally, within these fields of technology, there are tons of different career paths: engineering, marketing, sales, finance, product management, design, human resources, public relations, and the list goes on!

It might help to think about the type of career path (engineering vs. marketing, etc.), then what type of technology (hardware vs. software) and field you're interested in (consumer technology vs. medical technology). Overall, the technology field is certainly a great place to be, and one that will definitely continue to grow and evolve in the coming years. Hope this helps!
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Dakayla’s Answer

Technology is a great field for a career. There are endless amounts of careers in the technology field. Technology is essential in every day life, and technology workers are very useful.
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Brenn M.’s Answer

Zach

That's a great question. Right now, careers in technology, programming, computer engineering, and artificial intelligence are highly sought after. Being that so much of what was normal is now the online "new" normal, those with a strong background in computers and technology are more apt to maintain employment in today's changing climate. There will always be a place for those who are wired more for being people persons, yet, even that has gone online too with the help of Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and others. Computer and technology training are sought after. First, decide what type of tech work you are interested in. Then take a look at what technology-based training programs and schools are in your area; you may find one you like and be able to attend for 1-2 years and graduate with a working degree rather than going to a 4-year college. Or, if you aren't sure what area appeals to you, read about different training programs and what it's like to work in that field and how much it pays you, and you may gain enough insight to choose a good one for your goals. Good luck.

~Coach Brenn

Brenn M. recommends the following next steps:

Visit this link to see 2 year tech programs near you. https://www.collegesimply.com/colleges/ohio/lorain-county-community-college/majors/
Visit this link of online training schools of 2020: https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-technology-certificate-programs/
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Lee’s Answer

Great question Zach!

I got into a specialized version of technology by starting to work in the telecommunications industry with Cox Communications 27 years ago.

Cox provided me with many opportunities for learning thru hands on work in the field, online learning thru Learn@ Cox as well as company funded support for regular college classes.

At Cox my career has gone down many different paths in the past 27 years.

Don't be afraid of working and learning as you go. Check out the cable tv companies in the area where you live. We are constantly looking for bright young individuals who can learn our technology from the ground up.

You may find starting out and working in a field like mine is a good path for you to follow.
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Ritu’s Answer

Absolutely... It sets you up for professional success, productivity and gives financial security.
It also provides you immense satisfaction to see how you what you have created or improved is utilized by the rest of the world.
You should consider taking technology as a career if you are excited to work with a team of talented people who like to learn, discover new functionalities and solve problems.
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Kate’s Answer

There are lots of different types of careers in technology, you don't necessarily have to be a programmer to go into technology. You can do everything from sales and marketing to engineering and human resources. I encourage you to find a product you're interested in, like Zoom, and then look at their career pages!
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Rachel’s Answer

Technology is a pretty broad category - but generally: Yes!

Pros:
-Job security: Lower operating costs can mean less fluctuation in job security, as well as many job openings as there are so many available roles
-Diversity in Experience and Team: There is an opportunity to work with other industries and apply technical roles/functions to other industries!
-Types of Functional Roles: There are opportunities in retail technical roles during schooling, all the way up to executive level - in all types of functions. Software dev, program management, marketing, design, sales, operations, accounting etc!
-Opportunities for Growth: Again, you can start as a retail or intern team member and expand to any level of growth you are looking to achieve!
-Access to Industry Level Practices: There is so much knowledge and access to tools to grow skills and learn about new opportunities!

Good luck on your search!
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