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Additional Career Options

The knowledge and fundamental skills gained through studies in the Emerging Tech space, such as logical thinking, innovative problem solving, and strong quantitative and qualitative skills, can easily transfer into many other professions.

How can I explore other career options?

Do you have other interests you would like to combine with Big Data, AR/VR, or AI? Have you always been interested in business? Do you see yourself working for a variety of companies and clients? The links below are helpful starting points for inspiration and information as you explore options.

  • What Can I Do With This Major?: This resource can be particularly helpful when you are choosing a major or when you are looking for career fields/job titles that are related to your major. Scroll down to “Link Academics to Careers” and click on “What Can I Do With This Major?” link.
  • Career Cornerstone: Comprehensive site for STEM and computer science career exploration.
  • O*NET: Descriptions and data on hundreds of occupations
  • Vault Career Guides: The link to create a free Vault account is located within Handshake in the Resources section
  • CareerOneStop: Explore occupational and economic information, sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Careershift: Resource found within Handshake, research identify companies and people of interest within industries you are exploring related to Emerging Tech.
  • Hajim School Majors, Minors and Degrees: Explore academic options at University of Rochester that can help in any of these industries or professions.
  • Learn everything you need to know about obtaining a job with a computer science degree, including industry landscape, preparing your application materials, and tips for telling your story in resumes and interviews!
  • Sample Industry Definitions, Job Titles & Project Areas

    • Nanotechnology – branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.
    • Wireless Power Transfer – transmission of electrical energy from a power source to an electrical load without interconnecting wires.
    • Edge Computing, Cloud-independent – practice of processing data near the edge of your network, where the data is being generated, instead of in a centralized data-processing warehouse.
    • 3D Printing – process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of 3D printed objects is achieved using additive process and enables the production of complex shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.
    • Machine Learning/Deep Learning/Autonomous Technology – scientific study of algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to perform a specific task without using explicit instructions, relying on patterns and inference instead
    • Smart Homes – home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a mobile or other networked device; devices interconnected through the internet, and the user can the control functions
    • Biometrics – the measurement and statistical analysis of people’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics; the technology is mainly used for identification and access control, or for identifying individuals who are under surveillance
    • Wireless Charging (Electric Vehicles, Wearables, Consumer Electronics) – the process of electrically charging battery-powered devices and equipment without the need for a wired electrical power connections; enables the wireless transfer of electrical charge from a charging device or node to the recipient device
    • Renewable Energy (Microgrid, PV Systems)
      • Microgrid, a small network of electricity users with a local source of supply that is usually attached to a centralized national grid but is able to function independently
      • PV systems, power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics; includes solar panels, inverters, tracking systems, integrated battery solutions and electrical accessories to set up a working system.
    • Engineering
      • Robotics: Drones, Unmanned Vehicles, AI/Machine Learning/Deep Learning integrated into robots, Computer Vision
      • Photonics (Fiber Optics, Imaging, Lasers): Optical Engineer, Optics Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Applications Engineer
      • Programming & Software: Quantum Computing, Embedded Systems Development, Web Development, Systems Development, Applications Development
      • Additional Careers: Cybersecurity, Hardware Security, Blockchain, Project Management, Logistics,Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Technical Consulting, Technical Sales
    • Quantum Computing – study of a still-hypothetical model of computation that could transform memory into a quantum superposition of possible classical states
    • Embedded Systems Developing – also known as embedded software development or embedded systems programming, an embedded system is an electronic device that has a central component that performs computational tasks, is designed for specific and limited functionality and is implemented as a component of an electrical or mechanical system.
    • Web Development – refers to building, creating and maintaining websites. A web developer may be involved in designing a website but may also write web scripts in languages such as PHP and ASP.
    • Systems Development – process of defining, designing, testing, and implementing a new software application or program. It could include the internal development of customized systems, the creation of database systems, or the acquisition of third party developed software.
    • Applications Development – process of creating a computer program or a set of programs to perform the different tasks that a business requires, including gathering requirements, designing prototypes, testing, implementation, and integration of applications.
    • Cybersecurity – practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. Utilizes multiple layers of protection spread across the computers, networks, programs, or data that one intends to keep safe.
    • Hardware Security – involves the vulnerability protection that comes in the form of a physical device rather than software that is installed on the hardware of a computer system; systems created through cryptography architecture includes hardware design, access control, secure MLS account, secure key storage, code integrity assurance and measures to ensure that the product supply chain built is secure among other things.
    • Blockchain – data structure that holds transactional records and while ensuring security, transparency, and decentralization using cryptography, a distributed ledger that is completely open to any and everyone on the network, and used for cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, financial services, videogames, and supply chain.
    • Logistics (engineering) – field of engineering dedicated to the scientific organization of the purchase, transport, storage, distribution, and warehousing of materials and finished goods.
    • Operations Management – area of management concerned with designing and controlling the process of production and redesigning business operations in the production of goods or services
    • Supply Chain Management – management of the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products. Involves the active streamlining of a business’s supply-side activities to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
    • Technical Consulting – subset of management as a field of activity that focuses on advising organizations on how to best use technology for achieving their business objectives.
    • Technical Sales – selling of technology-based or scientific products and services. Representatives are able to relate to people, while having a strong understanding of the technical details of the products, the scientific principles behind them, and how they work or compare to other products and services.
  • Where do I find opportunities?

    • Consulting: Sharing of expertise with organizations to help improve business performance. Areas include management, strategy, technology, finance, marketing, and more
      • Consulting – information from our Consulting, Finance, Operations and Sales Career Community
    • Education and Teaching: STEM majors can teach science, math, engineering, and computer science in private and public schools; with an advanced degree, at the college level
      • Social Good – information from our Law, Policy and Social Good Career Community
    • Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs are leaders, investors, and inventors who launch and run businesses, such as startups and small businesses
    • Environmental health and safety: prevention and elimination of injury and illness to employees and assisting companies in complying with health and safety laws
      • EHScareers, Environmental, occupational health & safety careers page
    • Logistics, operations and supply chain: management of productivity, quality, and efficiency
      • APICS – Professional association for supply chain management
    • Product management: Planning, forecasting, and marketing throughout all stages of a product’s life cycle
    • Project management: Application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to meet large-scale project requirements and deadlines
    • Scientific and technical writing: Creation of instruction manuals and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information in an understandable manner to customers, designers, and manufacturers
    • Sustainability: Includes the systems and processes that contribute to the quality of the environment on a long-term basis
    • Technical sales: Preparation and delivery of technical presentations explaining products or services to current and prospective customers.

    Be sure to check out other Career Communities relating to your interests and the resources posted there, and make sure to keep your career interests updated in Handshake to hear about opportunities you are interested in!

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