More and more students are seeking a degree in Computer Science due to the demand of jobs in technology. There are many different avenues you can take when it comes to technology; everything from software development to hardware maintenance. Weidenhammer Systems Corporations Senior Technical Lead Michael Nymark considers education with a concentration in mathematics as the key to success in the field of technology.

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Nymark)

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Nymark)

What sort of education is needed for your job?

“The Lehigh University Computer Science department prepared me for the real world by providing a strong foundation in software analysis and construction. My job requires me to construct software that continuously meets my clients’ evolving needs. As a result, it’s essential to have a strong background in mathematics, science and computer science.”

Do you believe education plays a vital role in landing a great job in the technology field?

“I sincerely believe that landing a rewarding job within the technology field requires a strong education with a foundation in mathematics. My computer science curriculum provided me with much-needed insight into how to look at software development from a variety of viewpoints. I believe the ability to see software from many diverse perspectives is a vital skill set when you have conversations with clients, managers, peers, QA testers and others users of the software.”

What is the most relevant aspect of your education that applies to your day-to-day job?

“Each day I am required to make critical decisions about how to design and construct software solutions. These decisions involve breaking down complex business domains into manageable pieces of software. My education helped me understand how to design simple and effective algorithms that meet my clients’ demands.”

What is the most fun aspect of your job?

“Solving complex problems in new business domains is a very rewarding. I really enjoy interacting with clients to understand their needs and delivering software that meets their expectations.”

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