Sunday, September 13, 2009

         A year or two ago, I had given some thought into choosing a computer-based career.  I’m not a real computer-savvy person by any means, but I just thought that working with computers could be a job that I would like, so for my first research article, I read about computer engineering.


         A computer engineer is responsible for determining the technological (in relation with computers) needs of people, and working to satisfy those needs. As a computer software engineer, one would create computer software with modifications to make computers work more efficiently and more effectively for their desired purpose.


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         As I mentioned earlier, I have given some thought to choosing a computer-based career. I like computers, and I think that knowing how to make different software programs could be a very satisfying job. However, I wasn't sure if I would be able to take sitting in front of a harsh computer screen all day. I know that when I use the computer for extended periods of time now, I get this "mindless zombie" feeling that is very unpleasant! So when I was considering this type of job, I wasn’t sure if working in the computer field, or more specifically working as a computer engineer was right for me, and sure enough, this article states: "they are susceptible to eyestrain, back ache, and hand and wrist syndromes." This quote identifies two major problems I think I would have with this job: looking at a computer screen for extended periods of time, and I took the "back ache" from the quote to mean that this job would probably involve A LOT of sitting down!


         I also think that this job would require too much attention to detail. As an engineer, finding the smallest of mistakes could be critical to the success of the project as a whole. I think that finding mistakes such as these would require more attention and focus than I would care to give!


         After reading this article, and thinking more about the topic, I think that being a computer engineer requires the determination and work ethic that I am just not willing to give on a day-to-day basis.  I still haven’t ruled out every job that is associated with computer work, but I don’t think that I want to be a computer engineer, or have any job that would require a lot of work with computers.



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