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What's Your Ideal Tech Job?

8 Questions
What

No one can deny that careers in information technology are here to stay. The field is attractive, lucrative, and supporting a booming industry. This quiz is designed to help you decide which major branch of the technology industry you're most likely to enjoy. While it is no replacement for a job counselor, this quiz is based on industry statistics and research and should help to point you in the direction that you may find interesting.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What level of challenge do you like in a career?
    • A. 

      "I love pressure! I was born to compete in a dog-eat-dog world!"

    • B. 

      "I'm a creative soul, and nothing satisfies me like creative problem solving."

    • C. 

      "I'm very playful, so I need some competition to keep me interested."

    • D. 

      "By all means, throw the occasional interesting problem my way."

    • E. 

      "I'm not afraid of boredom. I know the world needs sentries."

  • 2. 
    What educational requirements can you handle for your job?
    • A. 

      "My whole life is learning. I eat 1000-page Unix manuals for sustenance."

    • B. 

      "Oh, I love going where most fear to tread; got degrees you can't pronounce."

    • C. 

      "Yes, I love to learn. I'm always interested in something new."

    • D. 

      "Give me some training, but I'd still rather pursue my own study course."

    • E. 

      "I have a high school diploma, and consider myself lucky to have that."

  • 3. 
    How are you at engineering skills?
    • A. 

      "I'm beyond engineering, all the way to being an architect. I design whole networks in my head."

    • B. 

      "I am an engineer first of all."

    • C. 

      "I'm pedantic. I build stuff for fun."

    • D. 

      "I can work with tools, but mostly my free creative spirit drives me."

    • E. 

      "I can't operate a washing machine without asking my spouse for help."

  • 4. 
    How much freedom do you like to have in your career?
    • A. 

      "I cannot be shut in, ever. I must soar the skies or I'm not alive."

    • B. 

      "Stand back! I'll explore the territory and blaze a trail for the rest of you."

    • C. 

      "The only constraints I can handle is the specifications of what the customer wants."

    • D. 

      "I like to solve my own problems within a very narrow scope."

    • E. 

      "No freedom for me, thanks. I'll just stay in this little box."

  • 5. 
    Are you looking for a long-term position?
    • A. 

      "I want to take exactly one interview in my lifetime. The right one."

    • B. 

      "I'm here for a career, not a summer job. I'll pass up a quick reward for a long-term payoff."

    • C. 

      "Like a musician in a band, I like short gigs. Sometimes, a projects engages me."

    • D. 

      "I like short-term commitments. maybe a year here, a year there."

    • E. 

      "Heck, no. Give me freelance work. I might change my mind later."

  • 6. 
    What are your salary requirements?
    • A. 

      "I want not just serious money, but the power that comes with a high position."

    • B. 

      "I want serious money."

    • C. 

      "I'd like a decent living wage, with some potential to make it big."

    • D. 

      "Oh, I'm so busy being creative that I don't care what I get paid, as long as I eat."

    • E. 

      "Pay, shmay. I have ad revenue from my websites and my side hobbies to get me by."

  • 7. 
    How much flexibility do you need in a career?
    • A. 

      "I love chaos! I love waking up each morning not knowing if the world will change today."

    • B. 

      "If my industry doesn't revolutionize itself every five years, I get bored."

    • C. 

      "I like a steady environment, but the occasional curve ball keeps things interesting."

    • D. 

      "I need the industry I work in to be pretty much the same year-in year-out."

    • E. 

      "I'm a rock. Once I'm planted, there I stay."

  • 8. 
    How much are you willing to travel for a career?
    • A. 

      "I will go where the work is. Where I am doesn't matter at all."

    • B. 

      "I'm pretty mobile, always on the go. I love an adventure."

    • C. 

      "Oh, I have enough gypsy in me to wander occasionally."

    • D. 

      "I'm comfortable where I am, save for flying out to Vegas for a convention once."

    • E. 

      "What, me, move? Never!"