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+ Computer and Information Scientists, Research Job Description
From controlling the flight plan of a jumbo jet, to investigating microscopic genes, computers are constantly changing the way we live our lives. Computer and information scientists who conduct research are on the leading edge of these changes. Working in offices or laboratories, they are like explorers searching for new ways to use computers to meet needs. This work requires a great deal of knowledge about both computer theory and application view more

+ Computer and Information Systems Manager Job Description
Information is power. The more information a company's employees have, the better decisions they can make. But for information to be useful, it must be accessible. That’s the job of computer and information systems managers. They’re often referred to as "I-T people," for Information Technology. IT managers keep computer systems working properly and efficiently. They meet with employees to determine a company's computer needs, and then work with senior management to put in place the resources to meet those needs view more

+ Computer Operators Job Description
Nowadays most of us think of computers as the small machines that sit on a desk. But long before personal computers became popular, computer operators were needed to handle the huge computers that helped run big business. Many companies and government agencies still rely on large computers, called mainframes, or on groups of linked minicomputers. Computer operators oversee the operation of these machines, as well as networks of personal computers view more

+ Computer Programmers Job Description
Computers are everywhere -- they’re in your car, in your VCR, and in your microwave oven. And, of course, they’re on your desktop at home, school, and work. But no computer anywhere can do anything without precise, detailed instructions. Those instructions are called “programs,” and they’re created by computer programmers using computer “languages” like Java, C++ (Narrator: “see-plus-plus”), Visual BASIC, and others view more

+ Computer Software Engineers Job Description
Now that so many of us have computers, we tend to take them for granted. We turn them on and expect them to do work perfectly. But without computer software engineers we’d be staring at empty screens. Most of these engineers are driven by an eager desire to learn what makes the box come to life—and ideas for expanding the machine’s reach. Basically, software is to computers what programs are to television view more

+ Computer Support Specialists Job Description
Computers are a wonderful tool -- until there's a problem. That's when we can really appreciate the help from an expert. The Computer Support Specialist fields phone calls and e-mails from computer users with a problem. The support specialist must listen carefully, and ask questions clearly and politely to diagnose the nature of the problem. Then, he or she guides the caller through the problem-solving steps view more

+ Computer Systems Analysts Job Description
Most businesses and organizations rely on computers to keep things running smoothly. That’s why Computer Systems Analysts are some of the most valued employees in companies today. Sometimes called Systems Architects, these Analysts design the computer system that best meets an individual company’s needs. This may involve upgrading an existing system…or creating a new system from the ground up view more

+ Data Entry and Information Procesing Workers
Our world is overflowing with numbers and information. Now that most businesses and institutions store that data in computers, we need an army of people to put the information into the system …and get it out again. That’s the job of Data Entry and Information Processing Workers. They often learn their skills in high school, or through career school courses. Once hired, employers also provide training on particular systems view more

+ Data Entry Keyers Job Description
Our world is overflowing with numbers and information. Now that most businesses and institutions store that data in computers, we need an army of people to put the information into the system …and get it out again. That’s the job of Data Entry and Information Processing Workers. They often learn their skills in high school, or through career school courses. Once hired, employers also provide training on particular systems view more

+ Data Processing Equipment Repairers Job Description
There's an old saying about computers: if it works for the first 90 days, it'll work forever. That's largely true for monitors and circuit boards. But it ignores the weak link in all data processing equipment-- the electro-mechanical devices-- which is to say, the ones with moving parts! Moving parts mean friction and wear. And they can be found in printers of every sort; hard, floppy, and CD-ROM disk drives; tape drives; and keyboards view more

+ Database Administrators Job Description
In the beginning, there was the big, water-cooled "mainframe" computer housed behind glass walls, accessible only by a select few. Today, computing power is widely "distributed" throughout companies, thanks to "local area networks" or "LANs." Network administrators are the people responsible for managing it all, usually by controlling the network server. Database administrators have more specific duties view more

+ Fiber-Optic Technicians Job Description
Sending signals through wires…to computers, TVs Sending signals through wires…to computers, TVs and telephones…used to require copper cables. Increasingly, fiber optic cables are being used instead. Made with transparent glass or plastic, these cables cost less to maintain, and create cleaner signals. So Fiber Optic Technicians are in demand, as companies, utilities and governments switch to the improved technology view more

+ Help Desk Technician Job Description
In many companies, one job title represents a person who is almost always welcomed with a sigh of relief or an urgent question: the help desk technician. It’s a title that didn’t exist before the computing era made modern offices and small businesses dependent upon the person who can make the computers function. Even though there is “HELP” available within computer software, it’s much more comforting—and efficient—to have a human available to help resolve a problem, fix a glitch, or simply teach the best way to use a program view more

+ Information Technology Job Description
If you have the mental agility and flexibility to move with a fast changing industry, the future is bright in information technology services. The world is increasingly dependent on information technology. Hospitals, schools, business, transportation, and government—every field of endeavor now relies on computers and the people who know how to make computers work. Depending on the kind of position you take, you might need patience to provide information about something you know a lot about, to people who don’t understand much beyond their keyboard view more

+ Network and Computer Systems Administrators Job Description
I-T spells a lot more than “it,” these days. Because I.T. stands for Information Technology, among the fastest growing industries not only in America, but around the world. One of the key players in the field of I.T. is the network administrator. He or she may work in a busy office…alone at home, commuting electronically to multiple clients…or somewhere in between. Network administrators are responsible for the increasingly important inter-dependence of computers view more

+ Webmaster Job Description
A webmaster manages a company’s presence on the World Wide Web—its face on the Internet. While new software makes it possible for almost anyone to create a website, a fully operational business web address requires a great deal of expertise to design and maintain. That’s because an effective website is interactive. It invites people to provide information, sends information, products, and services in response, takes orders and processes payments view more