Pondering my Future...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Hylekmi, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Hylekmi macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2010
    Hey guys, I am in college right now and I have a dilemma. I am currently majoring in Economics and I don't think that I like it. Im thinking about going into something with technology but I don't know what. I love working with technology but i don't think that i like working with code all of that much. I like working with the actual hardware. Do you guys have any suggestions about what to major in?
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
  3. Hylekmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2010
    But what does IT do? I don't want to sit in a room all day typing code if you know what i mean?
  4. BengalDuck macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
  5. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2008
    There are many different avenues you can take in technology, and not all of them are programmers.

    Sounds like one you could be interested in is Client or Server Architecture. This would involve hands on, building and maintaining of servers. It's a healthy mix between working on hardware and configuring it through software. (I've greatly simplified the description here - a Google search would give you much more information)

    If you want to 100% work with the actual hardware, really the only path i can think of right now would be repair work.
  6. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    Can you say more about what you mean by "I like working with the actual hardware." What does that mean?
  7. chuckles:) macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2006
    What about something like Computer or Electrical engineering? They're the ones who deal with hardware.
  8. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    That's what I'm trying to get at... because, that path definitely includes some programming ;)
  9. Steve Mobs macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Matt, computer / electrical engineering is more of a hardware and science thing than language (programming).

    Hylekmi, you also need to hone in on what you like about hardware. Maintenance or designing? And designing the inside and/or outside?
  10. itcheroni macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2005
    Whatever you end up doing, you will have to do things you don't want to do for a good chunk of your time. There are very few jobs that people enjoy 100% of the time. Every dream job has some boring/unpleasant tasks associated with it.
  11. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You may well end up working in a technology company, even though your major is economics. Like said above, repair shop is pretty much the only place which is nearly 100% hardware, but I would say that is damn boring. It might be fun for a week or two but after that, it's just putting the parts on their places, one after the other.

    You could look into reviewing hardware. If you are a good writer and follow tech a lot, it shouldn't be too hard. In most cases, it's not your day job, more like a hobby.
  12. MorphingDragon macrumors 603


    Mar 27, 2009
    The World Inbetween
    Seriously, get into Low-Level Software or Hardware engineering if thats where you want to go.

    An IT job is crap, do NOT settle as being an engineer.
  13. avro707 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2010
    If you like working with actual computer hardware, you'll probably end up in desktop-support or something like that. Help, my account is locked. My computer won't start, etc - my screen is flickering.

    I'd recommend getting into media/communications area. That is sufficiently tech related, without being too tech related. Options are pretty open in that field, you can get into public relations, journalism, speech-writing, become a press-secretary (a very neat little job, provided you are extremely switched on with eyes and ears everywhere), etc. The options are endless. Plus, you can still need some of your financial knowledge.
  14. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    The question is, do you want to limit yourself to computer technology, or (as avro said above) look into media technology.

    A guy I work with on occasion is a systems installer for a media/security company. His job is basically installing and programming systems for exhibits, casinos, houses, offices...you name it. These systems include high tech audio and video systems, security systems, and architectural lighting systems. I work with him on several museum exhibits where he installs numerous video systems, including the multi-screen surround sound theater. This is in addition to a 32-camera security system he works on.

    He showed me one of his recent projects where he got to install one of those massive 103" flat screens in an office board room. It was nuts.

    If you're interested in technology that is not just computer-related, that's an avenue to look into.
  15. Hylekmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2010
    Thanks for all of the suggestions! When i said hardware i really meant i like to work with my hands. It doesn't necessarily mean that i want to do all hardware. Although i made it sound like it.
  16. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Doesn't your school have a major fair where all the different majors have a booth and tell you about them? Should be having one soon for all the kids applying before December for next year.
  17. Hylekmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ok i think its going to be Network Technologies.

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