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View Full Version : Web Developer -- What to pursue in College?



peteyb383
05-07-2008, 02:50 AM
Hi,

I am a Junior in high school (11th grade). I have learned (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP & MySQL on my own and am currently learning how to develop RoR applications. I know some Computer Programming languages, but I have decided that I wish to pursue Web Development as my career in life.

I currently own and operate my own business that provides web development services. I have been successful so far, relying on mostly word of mouth to advertise my services. I wish to keep my business running at least until the end of college so I can have income during that time period. So I would absolutely want to get a Masters in Business Administration in college. I would also like to get out of college as a Project Manager or something along those lines.

My question however is not the career choice I wish to make, but rather what major to choose for college. I know for sure that I will get my MBA, but I can't decide whether to major in Computer Science, or go more specifically into a Web Development type major. I find that Web Development majors are rare though, but I was not sure if Comp. Science would be specific enough to tackle a career in web development.

Any input is greatly appreciated.

tomws
05-07-2008, 04:53 AM
In my experience, MBAs tend to be people who can't cut it in a real profession, so they major in management. Think of it like this: you know those coaches in your high school? The reason they're coaches is because they weren't good enough to be a professional player. Same goes for MBAs. "If you can't do it, manage people who can." There are exceptions, but they're just that: exceptions.

Don't sell yourself short.

Go computer science, assuming the school's CS curriculum is software focused. Some CS degrees are more like computer engineering degrees or tech-support-monkey degrees. Unless you find a newer curriculum, a degree program that has anything to do with web development will be graphic design or IT (tech-support-monkey). A solid CS degree program, though, will equip you with the foundation to extend your career however you want. Get you masters there, too. Even phd. Managing projects and people will come along as part of the territory.

My .02

nicky
05-11-2008, 01:01 AM
You sound like me. I'm a junior in high school as well and I want to pursue web development as my career. In my opinion then, I would major in web development. If I was a client of a web developer, I'd rather have them have a degree in web development rather than computer science.

_Aerospace_Eng_
05-11-2008, 03:43 AM
I'm a Senior majoring in Software Engineering. If your school offers that then do that. Its mainly about how develop software in a team environment. Of course there is the programming aspect as well.

gnomeontherun
05-12-2008, 02:50 AM
I'm a web developer and have a broadcasting major, with political science and German. Pursue whatever you want, and if you want to end up doing web development for your life then there are some special programs out there. However I don't remember seeing much in the way of web development at large universities. So it could your chance to take something else that interests you before you settle down for a big degree. I'm graduating in a week and will just start doing my own business stuff.

If you want an MBA, thats fine, but depending on what program you hope to get into you should probably consider business majors. You could also look at schools which offer a MBA and undergrad degree in 5 years.

peteyb383
05-14-2008, 04:27 AM
You could also look at schools which offer a MBA and undergrad degree in 5 years.

The school I am looking at offers the 5 year BS and MBA which, as you suggested, is a good idea.

As per Software Engineering, are there any prerequisites that would be good for one to have?

_Aerospace_Eng_
05-14-2008, 06:24 AM
The school I am looking at offers the 5 year BS and MBA which, as you suggested, is a good idea.

As per Software Engineering, are there any prerequisites that would be good for one to have?

If you can take AP courses in Math and Physics. Try to score high so you have less to do. I had to take up to Calc 2 and Physics 3.

As much programming you can get will be helpful. Learning how to work in a team environment is useful to because thats mainly what SEs do. I haven't found many schools that actually offer Software Engineering. Usually its computer science with a concentration in software. My school actually has Software Engineering as a major.

peteyb383
05-14-2008, 10:35 PM
I scheduled for AP Physics next year and AP Calculus, along with College Computer Applications and Desktop Publishing. I am also going to challenge the AP Computer Science A Exam.

Aerospace, may I ask where you are going to college?

oracleguy
05-15-2008, 02:15 AM
I am also going to challenge the AP Computer Science A Exam.

I believe I remember seeing in the news that it was going away this year and will no longer be offered.

will peavy
05-15-2008, 04:52 AM
@peteyb383 - If I'm hiring an entry level web developer, here's what I look for: good grades in college (major isn't important), a portfolio of sites, a head for understanding user needs, and a strong desire to master web technologies (desire is the most important factor by far). ... For example, I would hire a philosophy major with a passion for the web over a computer science major without that passion



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