I wonder how much of a stigma still exist for people who work in tech? At times in the past, and probably still today, it was considered an occupation that only geeks and nerds would have. Images of scrawny cubicle dwellers in glasses spending hours in front of their computer are synonymous with IT workers. (And now that I think of it, it pretty much does describe a lot of my coworkers)
But is there a better job that is available to the masses than working as a computer engineer? Think about it for a second. In all the companies I have worked for the following is true
- Computer Engineers are well paid
- Computer Engineers have extremely flexible hours. They can come in late and leave early if they wish, so long as they finish their work
- Computer Engineers can easily get away with doing very little if they choose (see picture)
- Computer Engineers have physically undemanding jobs
- Computer Engineers are allowed, and usually encouraged, to take breaks during working hours (Foosball and Video games are the norm at my work)
- Computer Engineers are in demand and thus jobs tend to be pretty plentiful
Its hard to think of a job that can be as easy (if one chooses) and pays as well as those available in the tech industry. Now while I greatly respect the job, I don’t feel many other people do. I know when I was single and trying out the dating services I purposefully avoided saying I was a Software Development Manager. It paid off. Talking to my girlfriend afterwards, she told me she was already concerned that I went to Princeton, and that if I had stated what I did, her first impression would have been that I was too nerdy.
Now you would think that women would love to date a computer engineer and that it wouldn’t be a turn off. After all, it is a well paying, secure job, that still would leave time for her or their family. But I guess its just hard to overcome the image of Dilbert and Wally.
What do you think. What are some of the best jobs that an average American can have?