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Old 04-12-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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Hello I'm 22 and studying computer engineering right now in FL and I was wondering what the job market for women in computer engineering is like in NY? Is it hard to find a job in computer engineering? I lived in ny for a couple of years and absolutely loved it living in FL just doesn't compare.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:57 AM
 
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You will not find any jobs related to computer engineering. IBM just upstate of the city might be a better bet.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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You will not find any jobs related to computer engineering. IBM just upstate of the city might be a better bet.
This is incorrect.

What is your concentration in computer engineering? If you're good with the software side in computer engineering you can find something with any finance company. I have several friends who I graduated with computer engineering degrees and have worked for Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and Lehman (before they went under). Its a fairly competitive market but if you're good with the software you definitely have a shot. And I'm not talking about jobs in the IT department either. Take a look at some of these companies and look up their software requirements that they'd like you to be knowledgable about. Good luck!
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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If you're good with the software side in computer engineering you can find something with any finance company.
Of course there are tons of software jobs in this city. More jobs than developers right now. But software development is NOT computer engineering. If you want to work at the hardware level or close to metal (OS development), NYC is not the place to be.

That is like asking a mathematician to go into accounting. Can they do it? Sure, but it is not the same job.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:21 PM
 
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To be perfectly honest, most people with computer engineering degrees these days are really software developers, nothing more. There are a few hardcore hardware guys out there, and some really low-level OS developers, but those are few and far between.

Finance can always use good engineers.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:59 AM
 
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Of course there are tons of software jobs in this city. More jobs than developers right now. But software development is NOT computer engineering. If you want to work at the hardware level or close to metal (OS development), NYC is not the place to be.

That is like asking a mathematician to go into accounting. Can they do it? Sure, but it is not the same job.
There is more out there than just software development. Finance companies need constant upgrade/maintenance to databases and the building and maintenance of networking/server capabilities...everything from the hardware to support it as well as the software. Like the previous poster said, if you know anything about computer engineering, you'll know the class curriculums can weigh pretty heavy on the software side making them just as adept as software engineers.

That analogy is is bad. Computer engineers and software engineers take many of the same classes together all throughout college not just the basic ones but many senior classes.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:33 AM
 
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Of course there are tons of software jobs in this city. More jobs than developers right now. But software development is NOT computer engineering. If you want to work at the hardware level or close to metal (OS development), NYC is not the place to be.

That is like asking a mathematician to go into accounting. Can they do it? Sure, but it is not the same job.
The hardware side is handled by EE's mostly. You are way off....Computer Engineers curriculum is very software intensive...
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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OP, there are plenty of IT related jobs in NYC but you need to be more clear than 'Computer Engineering Jobs'. What field of IT are you looking to do specifically?

There's ton of jobs in software (ie: developer, tester), consulting (ie: professional services), management (ie: project manager), and infrastructure or security (ie: security admins, network admin, sys admins).

As for actually working on hardware development line of work, you will need to go outside of NYC. IBM is the nearest I believe in upstate NY and there's few in Long island as well. Not to mention actual production are usually done overseas.

I do have to warn you though it's not easy for recently graduated college student to get a job in NYC unless you have or had internship with one of the companies located here. NYC is not friendly place for non-NY metro area students to get tech job in city. Exception would be consulting type roles where you are expected to travel.

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Old 04-13-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Thanks so much for your replies!! Right now I am focusing on computer networks and distributed systems.

I was also wondering since my fiance is majoring in economics and would like to get a job as a financial analyst is that doable or would it be hard since he is not a NY graduate or Ivy league student? He doesn't need to work in Wall Street.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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Thanks so much for your replies!! Right now I am focusing on computer networks and distributed systems.

I was also wondering since my fiance is majoring in economics and would like to get a job as a financial analyst is that doable or would it be hard since he is not a NY graduate or Ivy league student? He doesn't need to work in Wall Street.
I'd highly recommend that your fiance get focused on job experience through internships asap, if he hasn't already. Also consider getting or preparing to go after some certifications like CFA to make himself more valuable and attractive to stand out in competition. Doesn't need to get all three levels of CFA, getting to lvl 1 alone in my opinion a big step to stand out against others.

Lastly, it's very competitive in NYC. Many folks come here to try to make it. On top of that there's already plenty of local or nearby residents that's competing against you for the same opportunities...so you need much as possible to stand out. Good luck, grinding it out in NYC is very tough but it's well worth in my opinion in long run. Also you'll need to prepare to see some shocking culture difference like paying ton of money to live in tight, tight space. Like paying $2200 for 400 sq ft studio in city or $1200-1400 to roommate.

Edit: Also I recommend you start looking into certifications like MCSA, CCNA for yourself to be competitive. I'm not saying certs like MSCA, CCNA, CFA get you a job but it doesn't hurt.
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