4 Great Computer-Related Career Fields in a Rapidly Changing World

by Ron Kness on December 27, 2012

It is no secret that computing powers our world in everything from developing new products to finance to protection from terrorism, and that is not about to change anytime soon. Below are four great fields that are slated for good growth out to at least 2020.

Homeland Security

September 11, 2001 changed our world forever and as a result, more than 300 schools now offer 75 degrees in this career field. In Homeland Security, you would work with information intelligence to detect and thwart acts of terrorism. Homeland Security degrees include courses on infrastructure, criminal justice, emergency planning, weapons of mass destruction and constitutional issues just to name a few. This field has a growth outlook up to 19% by 2020.

Information Assurance and Cyber-security

In this career field, you also work to detect and thwart acts of terrorism, however, your scope is limited to working with computers and network systems. You would work to detect and protect computer infrastructure from viruses, worms, hackers, terrorism and corporate espionage. From the government to the financial world to telecommunication companies and beyond, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts companies will need 110,300 cyber experts between now and 2020 to protect national security information systems, commercial networks and critical digitized information.

Nanotechnology                                 

This is a relatively new career field, but it stands to be an exciting one – designing, manipulating and controlling micro-structures, products and tools that are invisible to the naked eye. The National Science Foundation predicts a need of 1 million skilled workers in this field by 2015. A bachelor’s degree in nanotechnology would get you into the computer/hardware industry, along with green energy and other related manufacturing and design fields.

Health Informatics  

Also known as either medical or biomedical information, it is a combination of data entry, information security and information technology (IT) all rolled into one field. As clinics, hospitals and other medical professional offices convert paper charts and records over to digitized versions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this field to grow at a faster than average rate – 20% to 28% – out to 2020 resulting in a need for 73,700 skilled workers.

If you have an interest in working with computers and networks, and in protecting information, then any of these four career fields would be a good choice. Plus you can use your GI Bill to earn your bachelor’s degree in any of these fields.

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