October 2011

Sneak Peak: 2012 Top Tech Predictions

A look into the top technology predictions may give a hint into where the biggest computer-related job growth gains will be in 2012.


The consulting firm, Nucleus Research, recently published its predictions for the top tech trends for next year. They narrowed the top trends down to ten, which are listed in their four-page PDF.
Here's a quick summary of some of the most notable.

Healthcare Technology - The push will be on to move out of the dinosaur paper age currently the house for patient data and into electronic health records. Therefore, positions in data capture devices and electronic record management application will be sought after.

Michigan Adds More High-Tech Jobs than Any Other State in 2010

Job gains in the research, development, and software sections.


According to a report published in the beginning of October, the state of Michigan added more high-tech jobs than any of state in 2010. After having years of declining technology jobs, this surprising statistic is welcome news for those in the information technology field residing in Michigan. Still, Michigan ranks 15th nationwide in terms of total technology workers.

Between 2009 and 2010, Michigan added 2,700 high-tech jobs, which is an increase of nearly two percent. What is interesting to note with this statistic is that this rise is seen even in the midst of any over three percent decline in technology jobs in the United States. The nation as a whole saw a decline of over 115,000 jobs in the technology field.

Computer Science: Third Highest Major with Highest Earnings

  Master Degree Online, a self-touted innovative to jobs and careers requiring Master's and Graduate degrees website, recently released the infographic: Getting the Most from the Job Market. This statistics-filled infographic provides a visual look at facts and figures on the current job market as it relates to careers and jobs for those with advanced degrees.

An interesting highlight of the infographic shows that computer science is in the top ten list of least popular majors, it's the one of the top three majors having the highest median earning, coming in at $98,000.

Could the lack of popularity in a computer science major be that computers are still seen only popular for geeks or tech gurus? If so, Steve Jobs sure has been one to change that persona. Taking computers from simply number crunching machines to tools that excite, enable artistic imagination, and provide entertainment value in addition to functionality.

Computer science as a whole is a large open pasture, with many sub-fields. Computer science jobs aren't just in computer programming, but computer graphics, computer engineering, computer architecture, computer information, computer security, software engineering, artificial intelligence, criminal investigation, health care, and so many more applications.

Today, computers are blurring the lines between arts, sciences, and business, if not erasing them. Instead of simply being used to maintain inventories or track customer payments, computers have become "instruments" for musicians, artists, film-makers, novelists, writers, and journalists.

These days, with the plethora of iPads, tablets and other computer-run gadgets, it seems everyone has a little geek in them.