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Career opportunities in computers and cyberspace
Henderson, Harry, 1951-
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [1999]

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xii, 212 pages ; 29 cm
Programming and software development -- Information systems operation and management -- Training and support -- General networking -- Web and internet -- Graphics and multimedia -- Manufacturing -- Computer industry specialists -- Computer-related office positions -- Academic information science professions.

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Landing a job in the twenty-first century takes skill, determination, and a little help from the Career Opportunities series. Each popular volume provides an in-depth look at salary ranges, advancement prospects, employment trends, necessary experience, on-line information, and relevant unions and associations. Each entry includes a Career Profile that presents an overview of the main features of the job, a Career Ladder that illustrates frequent routes to and from the position described, and a comprehensive survey of special skills, education, and training required. This book profiles more than seventy jobs, including software engineer, database analyst, computer security specialist, technical writer, Internet consultant, web page designer, Internet advertising designer, and marketing specialist.

Author Notes

Harry Henderson, an educational and technical editor and writer, has worked in the computer industry for more than 20 years

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Library Journal Review

This reference book selects 80 jobs in the computer field and arranges them by categories and titles within a category. Several types of librarians, for example, are listed under "Academic Information Science Professions." Each entry receives a two-page synopsis, including salary range, career ladder, prospects for employment and advancement, description of the work, education/training, and "Tips for Entry." The job descriptions are accessible to both high school students and adults. Also included are three appendixes, an extensive bibliography, an overview of the computer industry, and the applications of computer science. The descriptions appear to be carefully written and do not seem to inflate a position's employability. Despite a wealth of background material and well-written text, however, there is enough overlap with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook to make this work an optional purchase for public or academic libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Easily accessible introductions to these fields. Each volume devotes a spread to numerous careers, including a wide range of jobs under the umbrella profession. Travel looks at airline staffs, cruise crews, overnight-accommodations people, restaurant employees, tour and travel services, sales, executives and managers, tourist-related health-care workers, and other specialized careers. Computers profiles positions in programming and software development, information-systems operation and management, training and support, general networking, computer-related office positions, and information science professions. Profiles outline duties; alternate job titles; salary ranges; job prospects; chances for advancement; the best locations when looking for a job in the field; and prerequisites, including education and training, experience, special skills and personality traits, and any necessary licenses or certifications. A "Career Ladder" shows the hierarchy of positions within the field. Job descriptions expound on all these areas, list organizations and unions, and offer tips for entry into the field. The information is presented in a clean, professional style. The "Cool Careers for Girls" series (Impact) goes into much greater detail, including personal narratives, but covers fewer jobs. This series is designed for sophisticated, goal-oriented readers who are looking for a quick but detailed overview.-Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The demand for workers proficient in virtually any field involving computers, the Internet, and electronic information continues to grow. With this up-to-date volume, job-seekers can examine more than 70 jobs in the field, from programming to manufacturing to sales. Profile positions include:Software engineerDatabase analystQuality assurance specialistComputer security specialistTechnical writerInternet consultantWeb page designerInternet advertising designerComputer graphics technicianPlaytesterComputer GamesComputer system designerRobotics engineerMarketing specialistComputer products and services. Excerpted from Career Opportunities in Computers and Cyberspace by Harry Henderson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Challenge and Opportunityp. vii
Introduction: Jobs in Information Technologyp. ix
How to Use This Bookp. xi
Programming and Software Development
Programmer, Entry-Levelp. 2
Software Engineerp. 5
User Interface Designerp. 7
Database Analystp. 10
Data Minerp. 12
Systems Programmerp. 15
Scientific or Engineering Programmerp. 17
Bioinformatics Specialistp. 19
Artificial Intelligence Programmerp. 22
Systems Analystp. 25
Systems Consultantp. 28
Project Manager, Software Developmentp. 30
Information Systems Operation and Management
Computer Operatorp. 34
Quality Assurance Specialistp. 36
Auditor, Electronic Data Processingp. 38
Tape Librarian/Archivistp. 40
Systems Administratorp. 42
Database Administratorp. 45
Computer Security Specialistp. 47
Manager, Information Systemsp. 49
Director, Information Systemsp. 51
Chief Information Officerp. 53
Training and Support
Technical Support Representativep. 56
Manager, Technical Supportp. 59
Service Technicianp. 61
Trainer, Software Applicationsp. 63
Training Center Owner or Managerp. 65
Recruiter or Agent, Technicalp. 67
Technical Writerp. 70
Technical Editorp. 73
General Networking
Network Control Operatorp. 76
Network Analystp. 78
Network Administratorp. 81
Telecommunications Technicianp. 83
Telecommunications Engineerp. 85
Web and Internet
Internet Applications Programmerp. 88
Internet Service Providerp. 91
Internet Consultantp. 93
Webpage Designerp. 95
Webmasterp. 97
Internet Advertising Designerp. 99
Internet Store Manager/Entrepreneurp. 102
On-line Writer/Editorp. 105
Graphics and Multimedia
Computer Graphics Artist/Designerp. 108
Computer Graphics Technicianp. 110
Computer Graphics Librarian/Archivistp. 112
Art Director (Computer Graphics)p. 114
Animation/Special Effects Programmerp. 116
Electronic Sound Producerp. 118
Multimedia or Game Writer/Editorp. 120
Multimedia Developerp. 122
Multimedia Producerp. 124
Computer Game Designer/Programmerp. 126
Playtester, Computer Gamesp. 128
Virtual Reality Designer/Programmerp. 130
Computer Hardware Designer/Engineerp. 134
Computer Systems Designerp. 136
Computer Hardware Manufacturing Technicianp. 138
Embedded Systems Designerp. 140
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technicianp. 142
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Managerp. 144
Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Technicianp. 146
Robotics Engineerp. 148
Robotics Technicianp. 150
Computer Industry Specialists
Retail Clerk, Computer Productsp. 154
Systems Integratorp. 156
Computer Store Owner or Managerp. 158
Sales Representative, Computer Productsp. 160
Sales Manager, Computer Productsp. 162
Advertising Account Executive or Manager, Computer Products and Servicesp. 164
Marketing Specialist, Computer Products and Servicesp. 167
Public Relations Specialist, Computer Products and Servicesp. 170
Industry Analyst, Computer Products and Servicesp. 172
Reporter, Computer-Related Publicationsp. 175
Computer-Related Office Positions
Data Entry Operatorp. 178
Word Processorp. 180
Desktop Publisherp. 182
Computer Typesetterp. 184
Bookkeeper/Accounting Assistantp. 186
Statisticianp. 188
On-line Researcherp. 191
Computer Cartographerp. 193
Academic Information Science Professions
Professor, Computer Sciencep. 198
Library Assistantp. 201
Reference or Special Librarianp. 203
Cataloger (Librarian)p. 206
Media or Curriculum Specialist (School Libraries)p. 208
I. Using the World Wide Web for Career Planningp. 213
II. Professional, Industry, and Trade Associationsp. 217
III. Selected Professional and Trade Periodicalsp. 225
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 235