Dear Amy: I really like working with computers and want to do that as a job when I grow up. What are some careers I should consider? — Shane, Kansas City, Mo.
Dear Shane: Computers have become important in all kinds of industries. Many companies hire information technology (IT) specialists to keep their computers running smoothly and troubleshoot problems. This could be a great job for you if you enjoy solving computer problems. If you're into art, you might consider a career in design, where you could work on creating computer graphics or designing websites. Another awesome career is computer engineering. Engineers create all the tech stuff we use every day, from gadgets like MP3 players to the software that runs on your computer. To learn more about cool computer careers, visit bls.gov/k12/computers. htm.
The computing world is growing and changing quickly, and many computer jobs probably haven't been invented yet. The best way you can prepare for a career in computers is to take lots of math, science and computer classes to prepare for college. Be sure to ask a guidance counselor for advice on which classes to take.
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