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technology like Data Scientist, Software Developer, or Information Security Analyst. #technology

kurdel cadogan

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Mickael’s Answer

Hi Kurdel,

I concur with Leo that your question lacks context. But let me attempt to answer a certain way.

I am going to assume that your question is:
"what are the steps to work in technology to become either data scientist, Software Developer or Information Security Analyst?"

I am not from the US so I know little about curriculum in US universities but I think I know enough to say this:
- you need Mathematics.
- you need computer science course like algorithms, data structures, computer architecture.
- you need at least a bachelor degree (at least for the software developer role).
Then depending which of the three topics you want to move toward, there will be some specialized courses for you to attend.

Most universities that offer bachelor degrees or higher in computer sciences offer the right courses. So depending on where you are in your studies:

Mickael recommends the following next steps:

Find potential college/universities that give you the curriculum you need (choose more than one in case the one you really want rejects your application).
Take the proper electives in high school to help you enroll in those universities.
Maybe study on your own about the subject.
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Leo’s Answer

Hello Kurdel

Could you please rephrase this as a question (or maybe add more details)? As it stands, it's hard to tell what sort of information you're looking for.
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Monique’s Answer

Hi Kurdel C,

Online you tell people your from Brooklyn and they just assume NY.... ; ) I read your post and all three areas you mentioned are great choices. But many times we choose an area only to find out later its not what expected. To save you time Of the three, Information Security is the integral piece to every area of an organization. The bottom line for any business is to make a profit and remain competitive, Info Security allots a business its competitive edge not just to survive but THRIVE.

Data is the NEW OIL!!! information is gathered by the Data Scientist and insight into patterns are now tangible which will assist Information Security with more mitigating options to protect the business.
SW Dev requires Information Security as well (SSDLC) Secure Software Development Life Cycle. With this concept Information Security is baked in from the beginning of the SW Development. As a Developer you'll utilize different programming languages including Python, C++ Ruby.
If you already programming you have a head start. What is your goal? What is your 3- 5 year plan, write it out and the best advice I can give is speak to your counselor or your mentor, don't have a mentor one find one!!! Certain platforms provide information when local professional chapters are meeting online or in person. Attend your local OWASP Chapter meetings and just listen. You will learn a ton and surround yourself with professionals who can offer great advice. Plus you're required. Youth bring an new way of looking at things that we as Elders never thought to analyze /rationalize. Good look to you.
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