Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics �c;�c;�d;�c; �a;�b;�b;�a;�d; �d; �c;  �a;�b;�d; Computer & IT Fast Fact The median annual wage for computer and IT occupations was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200. “I started to become very interested in how the Web worked, and ended up spending countless nights sleeping in the office where I was working at the time and teaching myself Web technologies.” A constant willingness to learn, especially in the tech fields, is an principal attribute: “Be hungry for learning. Technology moves way too fast, and there will never be a point where you’ve learned all you need to.” But even with the technical knowledge required, he advises students and young professionals to keep their interests and learning broad. “Be involved in a lot of different things outside of tech, espe-cially a creative outlet. Creatives tend to think like children -in a good way -which will give you new perspectives on your work and allow you to think about problems differently,” he suggests. Lancaster is an active music performer, playing saxophone with different groups at various venues around San Francisco. He also records and writes music. With the constant, growing demand for software, the job outlook for quality assurance is good and will continue to evolve, says Lancaster. For instance, coding fluency is becoming increas-ingly important to this role as the need for automation within companies becomes vital. This shift, he explains, will allow quality assurance person-nel to operate in a support role for a team’s developers, empow-ering them to handle common engineering tasks and build their own tools. “In order to be competitive in today’s market, user experi-ence is king, and having bug-free software is a major component in keeping users happy,” he concludes. Browse indeed.jobs to follow Indeed career paths. Connect on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. 36 piles, aggregates and recompiles Microsoft PowerPoint decks created by stakeholders from various countries, thus allowing their colleagues to repurpose such assets in a user-customizable fashion. “It’s a rewarding experience to know the work I perform is meaningful and has impact on daily basis. I’m a very hands-on type of developer, so I enjoy opportunities that allow me to explore technical theory and creativity,” says Macauley. Merck is currently celebrating 125 years of business. “It’s rewarding to be an integral part of longevity,” says Macauley, who’s been with the company for a year and a half. While Macauley has senior-level programming experience, he’s relatively new to computer science and development. He began his professional career in the entertainment industry, working as a publicist for recording artists and later started his own publicity firm. But as time progressed and the Internet became a more relevant medium, Macauley transformed his publicity services into what was "new media” at the time, teach-ing himself computer science and Web development. Macauley, who’s also the executive producer and host of a nationally syndicated terrestrial radio show, Shefik Presents Invocation , continues to learn, using challenges in his daily work to drive his education. “There are always challenges when coding complex appli-cations, and I thoroughly enjoy rising to a challenge. It’s enviable that, at some point, something will go wrong in programming. Unforeseen incidentals should never be feared. That’s why prod-ucts are passed through quality assurance, prior to general release,” maintains Macauley. “What matters more is how you’re able to correct errors and identify potential scenarios in the future. It’s a continual learning experience, and you must never stop learning. Your colleagues rely on your experience, and you should rely on theirs. It’s a part of team building. We all share a common goal, and that’s to develop a product, to the best of our ability.” Success in the field, adds Macauley, comes with the ability to accept failure: “Prepare yourself to accept success with humil-ity, as well as to cope with failure. Web development can often be peppered with trial and error.” The career outlook in Web development, says Macauley, continues to look promising. “Today we live in a world where technology is a prevalent force in driving busi-ness needs. Therefore, a demand for skilled workers in the field will persist.” View merck.com/careers/home.html to find Merck job opportuni-ties. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. MINORITY ENGINEER • FALL 2016 MACAULEY PROGRAMS SUCCESS AT MERCK As healthcare becomes more personalized, Shefik Macauley has a hand in making that happen for Kenilworth, NJ-based Merck & Co., Inc. Macauley is a programmer at Merck Creative Studios, the in-house creative services department at Merck, a global health-care leader. Macauley‘s primary work is developing a robust PHP and WordPress-based content management system that decom-MERCK OVERVIEW Merck Creative Studios is the in-house creative services department at Merck & Co., Inc., a global healthcare leader that was founded 125 years ago. Merck is a research-intensive biopharmaceutical company that provides medicines, vaccines and animal health products. BENNETT’S ANALYTICAL MIND HELPS TI ENGINEERS As a business analyst in Texas Instruments’ (TI) engineering IT department, Jeanette Bennett enables engineers within the com-pany to design and create innovative products by providing IT software solutions for managing critical intellectual property. “I partner with my customers to determine their IT needs and collaborate closely with our development teams to ensure we provide solutions that are complete, robust and secure,” says Bennett, who has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in com-puter science and engineering. Her role provides her the chance to work on a variety of projects, which she appreciates. For instance, she recently implemented additional security measures in a data-archiving solution and designed an approach for migrating legacy product data from a legacy system to the central repository for new prod-uct development.