Next-generation students want careers in computing

Summary:Generation Z, the term referring to today's teenagers who have yet to finish their studies or enter higher education, see the computing and technology industry as being their most likely choice of career.In an online survey of just over 1,800 Australian teenagers, those aged between 12 and 18, say they would rather land themselves a career in technology based jobs, rather than careers in graphics design, teaching and acting.

Generation Z, the term referring to today's teenagers who have yet to finish their studies or enter higher education, see the computing and technology industry as being their most likely choice of career.

In an online survey of just over 1,800 Australian teenagers, those aged between 12 and 18, say they would rather land themselves a career in technology based jobs, rather than careers in graphics design, teaching and acting.

One of the main reasons teenagers seek out careers in the technology industry is that they see the industry as self-perpetuating and survivable through recessions and bouncing trends, as well as having secure career prospects.

According to the AAP, only 5% of teenagers surveyed see a career as an IT professional as "geeky or boring", whereas 30% wanted a career "on the cutting edge of technological developments".

Wouldn't we all?

As a bit of weekend banter, knowing what you know now about the length and breadth of how far technology goes in life - to mobile devices, space exploration, social networking and software development like we have never seen before - if you could go back to your teenage years and pick your ideal job or career, what would it be and why?

Topics: Hardware

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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