This book is about improving your life, not just about selecting a job. The career you choose will have an enormous
impact on how you live your life.
A huge amount of information is available on occupations, but most people don’t know where to find accurate, reliable
facts to help them make good career decisions—or they don’t take the time to look. Important choices such as
what to do with your career and whether to get additional training or education deserve your time.
If you are considering more training or education—whether additional course work, a college degree, or an
advanced degree—this book will help with solid information. Training or education beyond high school is now typically
required to get better jobs, but many good jobs can be learned through on-the-job experience, informal training,
and technical training or education lasting from several months to two years. The education and training needed
for the jobs described in Top 100 Computer and Technical Careers vary enormously. This book provides descriptions
for major jobs requiring computer and technical skills and gives you the facts you need for exploring your
Who Should Use This Book?
This is more than a book of job descriptions. I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to make its contents
useful for a variety of situations, including
* Exploring career options. The job descriptions in Part II give a wealth of information on many of the
most desirable jobs in the labor market. The assessment in Part I can help you focus your career options.
* Considering more education or training. The information helps you avoid costly mistakes in
choosing a career or deciding on additional training or education—and it increases your chances of
planning a bright future.
* Job seeking. This book helps you identify new job targets, prepare for interviews, and write targeted
resumes. The advice in Part III has been proven to cut job search time in half.
* Career planning. The job descriptions help you explore your options, and Parts III and IV provide
career planning advice and other useful information.