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likeabreeze
I know many people here are programmers, and I've been told that programmers spend all day staring at the computer, so they are commonly in poor health, and have poor eyesight.
even though they are doing what they like, and get tons of money which they once dreamed of, their conditions have been bothering them for years, some even have sudden death...
Well, mmm, is IT a good career choice?
What is your typical workday like?

mmm, as a member of Frihost, I wanna hear voices from Frihost Founder-Bondings:D , and you Wink , yes-tens of thousands of Frihosters,talk about your day, what's your job?opinion towards IT?are u in good health? Question Question Question
badai
you got so many facts wrong.

they don't spend all day staring at the computer. maybe about 5 to 6 hours on normal working hours. and most of them take a break every hour or less. they also spend time meeting , reading stuffs on real paper and also writing/drawing on real paper. sometime for days, and on those days the only time they look at their screen is for personal stuff like e-mail and facebook.

they don't have poor health or poor eyesight. some of them are very fit and serve in voluntary unit in military (which need good health and prefect eye sight). some of them already in their 50s and still fit and not wearing glasses, not even for hyperopia, which is common for people above 40.

they don't do what they like. not necessarily. they do what their clients need no matter how stupid, illogical or non practical, which is really demoralizing.

they don't get tons of money. programmer are "commodities", not expert or specialist.

their conditions not really bothering them for years, especially when they are young. only when they get older, which is not much compare to their whole working life time.

and no, i never heard of programmer just drop dead because of their work.

one thing you need to know: gamers spend much, much longer and with less break staring at screen and they also didn't suffer and of the symptoms you mention.
D'Artagnan
WAAAIT , i can suffer a hearth attack from programming? LULz

i work with 4 other programmers, and 10 other people who stare the whole day at screens and there are only 3 people using prescription glasses here, 2 of them from childhood... i would risk saying, most jobs today require you to spend long amounts of type in front of a screen, IT is rooted in our very lives. I'm actually surprised when i go in someones office and i don't see a computer.


also i wouldn't say programmers make tons of money, some do, some don't, generally it's not a bad wage and for the really good positions you must be more than a programmer or a very very special kind of programmer...


also it's a lie that most people on ITs are programmers, there are so many other jobs, you can work with infrastructure, networking , training, even in companies in which the business is building software there are tons of other functions, analysts, dbas, technical writers, testers, even designers have a role in IT
allycedfedd
I think IT jobs are not boring and as if you are not interested in programing then there are lot of other kind of works also there, like web designing, maintenance, database management , etc. So remember that IT jobs are white color jobs so don't get disappointed and try to find jobs other IT related field for your fast career growth.
amagard
Yep, as allycedfedd already pointed out: IT jobs are not necessarily about programming only. I am currently working in a software development project and currently spend most of the time fixing defects. I also do testing and for test automation we actually do programming ( many do it in bash, I prefer Python ).
In IT you also can work on business process analysis and modeling, requirements gathering, project management, design ( including visual design of user interfaces ), all sorts of testing, from regression to unit to functional verification or user acceptance testing, documentation writing ( called ID = information development ). System admin is another typical IT job, this is more about installing, configuring, adapting, maintaining software and servers.

Sitting kills, of course, but nowadays most people spend most time sitting in front of a computer without being an IT professionals. Whether you work for a bank or insurance company, an agency, a university ... in many jobs a computer and a chair in front of it is your main working environment.
Radar
Something makes for a good career choice if it's what you want to spend all day thinking about. Not necessarily doing, because planning is becoming increasingly valued, but at least thinking about.

IT has the variety of most career paths. I think it's biggest difference from other careers is the rapid rate with which it re-invents itself.
johans
badai wrote:
you got so many facts wrong.

they don't spend all day staring at the computer. maybe about 5 to 6 hours on normal working hours. and most of them take a break every hour or less. they also spend time meeting , reading stuffs on real paper and also writing/drawing on real paper. sometime for days, and on those days the only time they look at their screen is for personal stuff like e-mail and facebook.

they don't have poor health or poor eyesight. some of them are very fit and serve in voluntary unit in military (which need good health and prefect eye sight). some of them already in their 50s and still fit and not wearing glasses, not even for hyperopia, which is common for people above 40.

they don't do what they like. not necessarily. they do what their clients need no matter how stupid, illogical or non practical, which is really demoralizing.

they don't get tons of money. programmer are "commodities", not expert or specialist.

their conditions not really bothering them for years, especially when they are young. only when they get older, which is not much compare to their whole working life time.

and no, i never heard of programmer just drop dead because of their work.

one thing you need to know: gamers spend much, much longer and with less break staring at screen and they also didn't suffer and of the symptoms you mention.


Normal hours is 8 hours.. well, 8 hours depends on the task and project you handle.. if you want it finished right away you spend more..

I agree with the health condition. setting and stirring on computer gets a heached but it up to you how you handle.. now a days not only programmer spend more time on computer but also social networking people i have a friend using facebook as a communication of business and she spend more that 8 hours in her laptop.

well, salaries depends also in a good company/ employer. I have friend doing some freelance and spend on computer doing marketing and the same time programming.. hard work..
inuyasha
Don't you think those who stay all day long with all kinds of chemicals, X-ray or something like that are more vulnerable? And doctors as well as medical students equally tired?
I was told pressure is everywhere in almost each field(I don't really know what it is like in other countries except China). You can't always expect a well-paid but easy job. Very Happy

But why IT seems the most tiring? Chances are that ITers works with computers and the Internet where information spreads the fastest and their complaints come to you~~ Very Happy
samyali
i dont think it worth all effort
codegeek
I think it's about having passion for what you do. If you don't have much interest in technology, then no, you won't do well in IT. However, if you have some passion for it and can work hard, I think it will pay off in the long run.
LxGoodies
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I know many people here are programmers,

Ya me too

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.. and I've been told that programmers spend all day staring at the computer,

Some programmers do, yes.. I don't. I have non-technical hobbies, like politics and philosophy. I collect coins and in my free time write about these subjects.. I spend a lot of my free time at a screen but that's because internet is on screens.

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even though they are doing what they like,

Yep, I do like my job, which involves analysing problems and find solutions.. automate things to help other people spend LESS hours behind screens dragging files around.

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..and get tons of money which they once dreamed of,

I did not dream of money, because I'm a leftist Razz and I don't earn tons either.. in return, I don't do deadlines and work no more than 32-40 hours per week. As far as I know, my collegue programmers don't earn big amounts either. People who manage to sell our work.. they do. And I feel some programmers are being overpaid, because they refuse to share their knowledge. It may be possible to earn a lot of money by working hard, but that counts for everyone. And working hard won't guarentee you earn lots of money. Some programmers are over-motivated nerds actually. I know e.g. one programmer, a friend of mine who got fired and finished his project, because he liked to work on it. I find that absurd.

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.. so they are commonly in poor health, and have poor eyesight. ..their conditions have been bothering them for years, some even have sudden death...

Hmm programming and having meetings and write documentation requires you to sit and don't move. I think you're right that is not a healthy type of work. Nor is being a lawyer, or a chemist, for that matter. My health improved after I stopped smoking. Also make sure that you've got the right settings.. e.g. 60 hertz tube screens will kill your eyesight indeed. 75-100 Hertz won't and flatscreens won't. Bad eyesight as a result of screen staring is something of the 90's IMHO. Don't worry, but make sure you work with good equipment.

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Well, mmm, is IT a good career choice?

For me it was and I'm enjoying my work for 26 years now.

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What is your typical workday like? Laughing Razz

0. Have breakfast, get there (1 hour train travel) read newspapers underways
1. Arrive, open my e-mail
2. Get my coffee
3. Answer my e-mail
4. Have a sprint meeting with my collegues about current projects
5. Make an inventory of current complaints an bugs
6. Work on these
7. Have lunch
8. Have another meeting
9. Work on design documents or modules
10. Hop on the train go back home (1 hour travel)
11. Have dinner
12. Enjoy myself

Very Happy Very Happy Lex
mshafiq
Yes i think it is good carrier choice because i am also a IT guy.I have good job and I am good in programming.
tonberry
IT is generally the best career choice there is. There are two reasons for it. First, it is very well paid job type and second, it is guaranteed to be profitable in the upcoming future. How many job types can you say that about?

I have few friends who are professional programmers and each one lives a different kind of life, really. Some spend days and nights in fromt of computer because finishing the project is the only thing that matters to them, others look to just finish the job and go out meet their friends. I am warning you, neither has a girlfried! Very Happy

I'm sure there are people here who program and can show rings on their fingers to prove me wrong though Smile
codersfriend
Just because you're a programmer it doesn't mean you'll have to live with poor health
faruq
wew, but, did you know, usually company recruit employee with superman-like requirement.
so, if you want to take higher level job, try to get certification. CCNA, VMWARE, etc, these thing will help you. but, certification takes much cost.
msfarsa
Yes off course. I think IT is good for jobs, other fields are also good for job. But you must have talent either you are in IT or any other field. Very Happy Smile
Insanity
I don't think IT and programming are the same things. IT is mostly related to providing tech support and overall management to companies and their workers. Programming is another thing where you program code and software in a software development firm. IT people mostly just help fix problems, setup networks, and make sure servers and things like that are going smoothly. In any case, I think it's a good field to go into because they will also need more and more IT people to keep things running smoothly in a world that is being run more and more often by computers. And when computers are around, people are needed to fix them and keep them going and teach people how to use them properly. There's huge potential in this field to grow and become bigger and create more job oppportunities for different people, so yes, I think it's a good place to work in if you like it.
markharris
IT jobs are very interesting, i like them
chartcentral
Yes, IT is a good career choice. Smile
muntja
i got really lucky and I work in IT; 27 years old;
i work at a helpdesk for local governement... which is really good, because majority of the people at the helpdesk transferred from other jobs and realy don't know much about computers. that's allowed me to come in and really show off not only my skills, but stuff i learned from my 2 year associates degree.

i got promoted to senior helpdesk analyst in under a year, which really pissed off some co-workers, but it was obvious to those that really knew IT that i deserved it. So, although my title is helpdesk, I do alot more such as manage some servers, I manage all of our end user's workstations (about 500 of those, not to be confused with our other 2000 terminals that run only citrix) and such;

part of my job, a large part, is working directly with users so I don't sit at my desk all day; i really am not an expert on anything, but rather am great at translating what users want/need to the people in the IT department to program/deliver what they need, and that's huge where i work;

So, although i'm about 22,000 in debt of student loans, without my associates degree i wouldn't have the job I have. and yes, I make very good money, a little over 75,000 a year (before the promotion it was about 45,000 a year, so you can see why some got angry); 27 years old, married for 5 years, have a 3 year old son... i'm certainly happy with my life; and alot of it has to do with my job... everyday i work goes so quick because i do like the work... that's the most important thing about a job, make sure you love what you do and if you do... the rest will follow;
mshafiq
IT is very good field.It is world wide.Any where you can work.
myleshi
I'm an engineer, sit behind a desk - not much different from IT or programming.

It is what you make of it. It's a challenging career (keeps your brain engaged), your health is mainly up to you. Exercise and eat right are two simple things that go a long way in keeping you fit, both mentally and physically.
BigGeek
IT has been a great career for me and I think the best choice I made in life was to get out of the Auto Business and become an IT worker. At first I was a PC Certified tech with A+ and MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) certifications. First job at $18.00 per hour was a $3.00 per hour pay raise over my job as hot rod builder. Quickly moved up to tier 2 and Call Center Support where I did high level repair and troubleshooting of customers and workers on the help desk PC's.

After that I moved into a NOC position with Galileo International and they owned the Apollo and Galileo Cores where Apollo was the Customer Reservation System for United Airlines, and Galileo was the core for British Airways. Huge networks with over 10 thousand routers and switches. During the 9 years I worked there we were bought by Cendant (worked for Cendant Corp. for 6 months) they outsourced us to IBM (worked for IBM for 6 years) then IBM outsourced us to AT&T where I worked as a contract employee for 2 years before they sold off the systems to Worldspan and moved them to Atlanta Georgia. During that time I went from $50,000.00 per year salary to $95,000.00 per year and gained CISCO and Juniper certifications.

Getting laid off from AT&T and IBM although difficult was financially lucrative as they provided some pretty handsome separation payoffs and while looking for a new job was given a Top Secret clearance and went to work in the NOC (Network Operations Center) for General Dynamics at a pay cut for 70K per year.GD laid me off when they cut heads as I was a contract worker there.

From GD I found Intuicom, Inc. my present employer and I work as a Wireless Network Engineer in support, planning, and product development. I now work on high level support issues, with a Jr. Engineer that handles all the minor support calls. I work with product testing and design, software testing and design, and I am a technical writer in that I write the documents for our products that users rely on.

My job is anything but sit behind a desk and stare at a screen all day. Yes there are days when I am writing, and testing where I spend quite a bit of time behind the screen of a computer, but there is a lot of field testing, lab testing, travel for customer presentations and consultations.

Given all that - YES IT is a good career choice or at least it was for me!!! Cool
maciej2p
in some countries It software market is more attractive
than in the others
Now in Poland you can find some atractive jobs in that
lanceorwa
likeabreeze wrote:
I know many people here are programmers, and I've been told that programmers spend all day staring at the computer, so they are commonly in poor health, and have poor eyesight.
even though they are doing what they like, and get tons of money which they once dreamed of, their conditions have been bothering them for years, some even have sudden death...
Well, mmm, is IT a good career choice?
What is your typical workday like?

mmm, as a member of Frihost, I wanna hear voices from Frihost Founder-Bondings:D , and you Wink , yes-tens of thousands of Frihosters,talk about your day, what's your job?opinion towards IT?are u in good health? Question Question Question


I'm on internship with a GIS NGO in kenya. Staring at google earth all day long is starting to hurt my eyes bad.
lanceorwa
maciej2p wrote:
in some countries It software market is more attractive
than in the others
Now in Poland you can find some atractive jobs in that

Hey macie, could you elavorate on that please. i'm kenyan and looking for opportunites to travel the world.
lanceorwa
mshafiq wrote:
IT is very good field.It is world wide.Any where you can work.

that's the spirit!
codersfriend
Whatever you take, as long as you are happy with it, you can be successful
Insanity
I think the terms are a bit confusing, because where I'm from, IT is different that simply programming. Here in the UK there are jobs that are mostly tech support, where you provide help with the employees who have troubles with their computers. You also provide maintenance for the systems and do everything that is eletronic related. If you have a phone issue, or copier issue, they usually go to the IT department. Programming is a much different beast than IT, because you're not really interacting with people as much, and that could be good or bad. But programming is mostly doing your own work and not helping people as much, so it could have consequences on how you feel a job would fit your personal style. If you like working with people, IT would be a good place to be. Otherwise, look for programming jobs intead.
sudipbanerjee
Why not?Its have a lot of openings.
playfungames
IT is a good career choice. I was talking to my brother and he mentioned a research where they found out that you will have good jobs in the field of IT till 2020. That makes it a great career option for today's people, right?

I think the health matter is associated with not only IT but with all the desk work. People work hard while sitting and they don't get any physical exercise. If it was jobs where they had to deliver stuffs for example, then they would be walking around a lot. But this can be controlled as you can do exercises like running or workout in the gym. It is all up to you and not your career to define your health. Unless, you are careless, IT jobs won't make you unhealthy.
Pippo90
Not all day on the computer, but to answer your question, yes, it is definitely a good career choice.
johans
Yeah! IT is fun and challenging work. Very Happy
pythonscorpion
depend on where are you. If you are in China, why not try to be a businessman. If in EURO or USA, it is nice to do IT
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