What are some helpful high school classes or PSEO classes to take for careers in the science and technology fields?
I am interested in computer programming and possibly starting my own business in technology/computing.
You can do /consider the following.
Get Good Grades in Math
One should take 4 years of Math, take AP Calculus, Algebra, highest level of Math classes offered in your school.
AP statistics or Statistics
Take some computer related classes offered. (AP Computer Science, Computer Logics etc.)
Take electives connected to engineering principles, Robotics, Technology etc.
One can also join clubs or extracurriculars in robotics/3D printing etc.
Learn coding online or in clubs or school.
Codeacademy.com, FREECODECAMP, and Code.org are good resources to learn to code.
Do some projects or internships in computers/technology areas.
Hope this helps.
Nathan recommends the following next steps:
1. Take IT classes - narrow down what area of IT are you considering? Coding? Communications? CyberSecurity?
2. Take Accounting classes - you will need to learn how to understand the business perspective as well as IT
3. Take Marketing classes
Hope this helps! Good luck!
- AP Physics BC
- AP Calculus AB (BC is better)
- AP Chemistry
- My school didn't offer computer science elective until after I graduated, but I would have taken that
- AP Economics (for the business side)
In terms of high school courses, there are quite limited options that a school might offer to its students. A couple of common high-level courses include AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles. I want you to avoid feeling the pressure to take AP Bio or even AP Chemistry because that does not really align with where you want to go in life. Taking "basic" courses creates space in your schedule that allows you to take courses from community colleges. I suggest doing research on what your school district is comfortable with because you might even get high school credit for taking out-of-school courses.