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Females Who Started Modern TechMeet a Web Designer/Developer (Video)Computer Software Engineers (Video)The following occupational descriptions is an exceprt from the Idaho Career Information System (www.idahocis.org)
Web Developers create web pages for companies or individuals. In Idaho, they earn a median wage of $39,720 per year and annual openings are 'high'. Job growth should continue to be strong due to the rise of social media and the use of mobile apps. Even though they interact with clients and/or employees to find out what they need the website to do and understand the website's audience, they spend a lot of time working on a computer. Many write code and use several different types of programming languages to ensure the website works seamlessly with different types of browsers. In addition, many developers also must protect the website from hackers including recovering the software if something happens and fixing error messages and other problems that arise. Employers look for people who are patient, persistent and pay attention to details with excellent design, analytical and programming skills. This type of work requires a balancing act of being creative as well as the ability to work abstractly while often under pressure. Developers are constantly working to keep their skills up to date by attending trainings and reading about latest trends.Computer Programmers work in teams to plan, develop and test programs yet may also have times when they work alone for example when coding. In comparison to other occupations, workers in this occupation have a 'medium level' of social contact with coworkers. Work must be accurate and may involve long hours to solve critical problems or meet deadlines. Annual openings are 'high' for this Idaho median wage occupation that pays $64,970 per year and employs around 1,000 people. The 10 year growth rate for this 'large' occupation is calculated at 6.7% growth rate in Idaho. Prospects are best for college graduates with knowledge of, and experience with, a variety of programming languages and tools. For skilled programmers who stay up with the latest technologies, advancement is good to move into a leadership position. For those who have years of experience and general business knowledge, they may progress to be a systems or program analyst. Since the trend is for many companies to contract out for this type of expertise, programmers often work for themselves as a consultant. Computer Science is the most common major in college for those in this field however, some major in math or information systems. A more nontraditional approach is to major in business, science or engineering however, if so, those who do must be sure to take programming courses.
Centennial High School (CHS) was chosen as the magnet site for the most recent Career and Technical Education (CTE) program to be launched in the district. Beginning in 2014, students were able to travel to this campus in order to take three years of the upper level Computer Science classes. Technologically advanced computer classrooms were designed and aligned to specific criteria in order to implement computer science curriculum that meets industry standards. Students can focus on one or both of these Pathway areas:
The program plan is to offer four years of sequenced coursework in each Pathway. 9th grade prerequisite classes are taught at each home high school. The initial Computer Programming class is Exploring Computer Science and/or freshman students may also take Web Design 1 to begin the Web Design Pathway. Both of these courses are broad-based computer classes, which focus on computer science fundamentals and awareness of an array of career options.
The goal of this new program is to teach students skills and knowledge aligned to what is needed in this vibrant in-demand career field. Simultaneously, students build skill-sets through hands on application along with their confidence so they are better prepared to transition to a college program and handle the rigors of such a postsecondary program. The ultimate benefit being that more students are able to open the employment doors to this robust career field and its many career possibilities.
Calling Female Students-Computer Science Careers Need You!
Only 25% of professional computing occupations in the 2015 workforce are held by women and only 17% earned Computer Science and Information Sciences undergraduate degrees. Yet, 56% of Advanced Placement test-takers and 47% of Calculus test takers were women. Computer Science is one of the fast growing fields in the word and in Idaho. Currently, Idaho has 670 computer science jobs unfilled!
- Computer Science Needs Team Players!
When we visualize Computer Science careers there is a tendency to think of people in those careers as stuck in a cubicle working solely on a computer yet, many jobs require workers to collaborate on problem-solving teams and interact with customers. Women in these jobs do well if they are good communicators, team players and care about how the technology will benefit society, the company and/or the end customers. Computer Science jobs are varied, and there are many opportunities to find employment where you can use both your technical as well as your people skills.
Computer Science Needs Creativity and People Who Want to Make A Difference!
Creativity is the corner-stone of technological advances. Computer technology careers need creative people who can see beyond formulas, who can brainstorm, visualize and identify outside-of-the-box solutions. Creativity is the special sauce employers are looking for. Creative workers equate to creative solutions and break through successes! Women often bring a different viewpoint and approaches in solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. Ladies, explore your Computer Science career options and head into a future full of creativity ways that YOU can make a difference.
- Computer Science Careers offer Flexibility!
Would you like to find a career where the work is challenging yet flexible? Do you already know that you want to be a parent are looking for options that will allow you to balance career and home life? Exploring Computer Science employment opportunities may be worth your while. The work is respected, pays well, is challenging, and there are jobs in ever industry and many companies that offer flexible work hours and great family benefits.
Opportunities for High School Girls:
Apply for an Aspiration Award, earn a scholarship, find computing internships, connect with a large network of other technical young women. http://www.aspirations.org/participate sponsored by National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Idaho STEM ACTION Center: http://stem.idaho.gov funding is available for scholarships, camps, competitions and more! Created in 2015 and housed in the Office of the Governor, the Center is dedicated to providign a STEM competitive workforce by implementing Idaho's Kindergarten through Career STEM education programs.
- Computer Science Needs Team Players!