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Janice Weinberg, the author, is a career consultant
(http://www.janiceweinberg.com) formerly with IBM and GE,
whose IT background enabled her to identify the 20 careers.
While most of them aren’t usually thought of as computer
jobs, computer proficiency is a key qualification for
success in each. For example:
Most of the careers can be entered without further education
beyond a BS in a computer-related discipline. Several — for
example, business continuity planner — require a
certification. Some readers may be motivated to become
forensic accountants, healthcare administrators or
technology attorneys. Many of the fields can be springboards
for new consulting practices — or new revenue sources for
As Weinberg describes each career, readers will:
— Realize why computer expertise is an advantage in
delivering top performance
— Be able to imagine themselves in the field by reading the
hour-by-hour Typical Workday
— Understand whether — and to what extent — a recession
could undermine job security, while learning strategies
for minimizing or avoiding any negative impact
Although most of the fields are quite insulated from
offshoring, where vulnerability exists, Weinberg suggests
actions to reduce one’s exposure.
The Information Sources section in each career chapter will
ensure that readers who want to pursue opportunities in the
field don’t overlook useful resources.
Readers will learn which of the careers offer opportunities
for building consulting practices. They’ll also learn
job-hunting strategies tailored to specific fields,
including guidance in:
— Selecting those aspects of their experience to highlight
in their resumes and interviews for greatest impact
— Using their knowledge of particular organizational
functions and industries to find employers engaged in
— Identifying the appropriate executive to contact — which
may reflect an organization’s size and other factors
While there are many books providing IT career advice,
Weinberg’s gives new — and much broader — meaning to the
term “computer job,” demonstrating that an IT professional’s
knowledge constitutes precious currency in a world dependent
on computer technology.
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