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  1. #1 In need of some Career/Educational Guidance 
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    I have a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and have been in the “real world” for ~4 years now, and I must say that I’m pretty unhappy with what I do. The job pays decently, but I’m just not passionate about it.

    I sat down and began to think of what I really want to do, and what that would require. I realize that I enjoy computers and spend most of my time on it without ever really knowing how the CPU functions. So I am considering doing school part-time to either get another undergrad degree in Comp Sci or perhaps a Master’s in it.

    Here is where I need guidance. I am passionate about computers right now, and would really like to be able to design programs, games, etc. However I am worried that the pay would not be as good for say someone whom works for a corporation maintaining their databases. As you can see my knowledge of this industry is quite limited and any insight would be greatly appreciated. Here are a few questions that I really would like answered in aiding my decision on whether it is worth it to go back to academia or not:

    1. Can either an undergrad or Master’s degree in Computer Science have a good potential for a 6 figure income relatively quickly after graduation?
    2. What types of jobs are available in the market place for this degree?
    3. If any of you have this degree, what are your experiences and are there any regrets?

    Money isn’t everything, but I want to make sure I’m not making a lateral move by going back to school and switching careers, and still making the same amount of money.

    The undergrad degree would probably be the easiest choice since it will be available to me online through the same university I received my undergrad degree in. The Master’s program would be at a college near where I work now to make it convenient. Obviously with me working full-time, it makes the juggling act a little more difficult and narrows my options of schools to choose from.


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    Most Careers in computers (particularly ones branded as 'IT') do not pay very well. At the moment the 'computer-related careers market' - so to speak - is saturated with people who are trying to get an easy job working with computers. However, if you are really passionate about computers, you may wish to pursue a line of work related to game construction or computer graphics, which can pay relatively well, but this requires a relatively high degree of creativity and skill, and there is much competition for such jobs. In my opinion, you would get more out of life doing chemistry than computing, but if you have your heart set on it, far be it from me to get in your way.


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    I think in Animation/Graphic Industry has great scope.
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