How to Get a Job in Computers

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The job market for computer based jobs is constantly expanding, so this is a great time to get your foot in the door. Whether you’re interested in programming, software engineering, or information technology (IT), it’s not too hard to increase your chance of getting a job working with computers. By building your knowledge base and skill set and gaining the right experience, you can have a much better shot at getting a job in computers.

  1. Learn to code HTML and CSS to know the basics of webpage layout. HTML and CSS are fundamental languages used to design, create, and modify webpages, so being able to use them is crucial to programming. Use online tutorials or introductory coding courses at a local college to develop this fundamental knowledge.
  • There are countless HTML and CSS tutorials online that you can find by simply searching for them. If you would prefer to learn them in a more structured method, your best bet will be taking an introductory computer science course.

2. Become fluent in a programming language. Programming languages are the bread and butter of computer programmers, so it’s important to have an in-depth understanding of at least one, if not more. Enroll in a programming course or use an online tutorial to develop a mastery of a coding language you can use in a programming job.

  • All things being equal, Javascript is the most widely used programming language, so learn this one to have the most widely applicable coding knowledge.
  • Python and C++ are also very popular. Consider learning these in addition to Javascript to give yourself an edge in applying for programming jobs.

3. Earn a degree in computer programming to build your knowledge base. This isn’t always a strict requirement for entry-level jobs in programming, but earning a programming degree is a great way to develop a strong grasp of the fundamentals. Attending a computer program will also give you a good opportunity to begin creating a professional network that you might be able to use down the line to help you land a job.

  • For example, take active steps to get to know your professors and build a rapport with them. They may be able to write recommendations for you later when you apply for jobs or even tip you off to job opportunities in your field.


Master’s Degree, Computer Science, Stanford University

Use your summers to build your professional experience. Ken Koster, software engineer, advises: “If you’re majoring in computer science in college, you have two or three opportunities to do internships during summers while you’re still in school. Take advantage of those, try different things, and figure out what works for you.”