Follow Your Passion: Exciting Tech Careers For Geeks

Follow Your Passion: Exciting Tech Careers For Geeks

Follow Your Passion: Exciting Tech Careers For Geeks

Jennifer Dawson

As the world relies increasingly on advanced technology, careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field are increasingly in demand — which is great news for geeks. In the US, STEM jobs are expected to grow 13% by 2027 and 93% of all STEM positions pay over double the national average of non-STEM jobs, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates. So, whether you love video games, computers, space, or science, there’s an exciting job out there to suit your talents.

Video Game Designer

A video game designer is a great way to turn your passion for video games into a career. You’ll be involved in creating sketches, concept art, and animations to determine video game settings and characters, as well as the overall style and mechanics of a game. The average annual salary for video game designers is $73,864 with the potential to reach $86,563 after six years of experience. You’ll first need a four-year degree in computer science (preferably with specializations specific to video games), which costs about $167,968. College is investment, but you can keep debt to a minimum by looking after your finances. During college, you should also work on building a portfolio to help get your foot in the door.

Ethical Hacker

Ethical hacking is a great career match for computer nerds interested in IT security. The job involves testing a company’s IT security for vulnerabilities — it’s a complex role often using the same methods illegal hackers use to breach networks. The necessary steps are then taker to strengthen the company’s security. There are no set qualifications required to be an ethical hacker, but a bachelor’s or master’s degree in internet security, mathematics, or computer science are great springboards into the role. The average salary starts at about $72,000 and can advance to over $100,000 with experience.

NASA Scientist

If you’re fascinated by the endless mystery of space, working at NASA is the dream career. NASA scientists study all sorts of subjects including other planets, galaxies, comets, black holes, and stellar explosions — it’s your choice what you specialize in. You’ll also need to do essential research and testing in advance of any space mission. You’ll at least need a bachelor’s degree in physics, space science, astrophysics, or astronomy, but you’ll earn more with a master’s or PhD. Salaries range from $35,000 to over $100,000.

There’s no time like the present to start planning your future. With hard work and dedication, you can make your geeky passion your career.

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Namor Has Come Home

Namor Has Come Home

Namor Has Come Home

Ben Flygare

On the latest episode of Kevin Smith’s podcast, “Fat Man on Batman,” Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada gave us some wonderful news on Marvel’s oldest super hero: Namor is back home in the House of Ideas. For quite some years it was always a topic of confusion on where the film rights of the Sub-Mariner were. For quite a few years there were reports that Universal owned his rights along with the Hulk but others said that Namor belonged to Fox considering his extensive ties with the Fantastic Four and mutants.

This is great news because we can finally see Namor on the silver screen alongside our beloved heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Concerning when we would see the King of Atlantis on the screen, Joe said that he “could neither confirm or deny” on if it would be soon. Regardless, this is an exciting time for Marvel fans! IMPERIUS REX!

Lou Ferrigno Returns to SLCC2016

Lou Ferrigno Returns to SLCC2016

Lou Ferrigno Returns to SLCC2016

iGeekOut

Salt Lake City Comic Con 2016 organizers, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg recently released the first round of the guests who are slated to appear, and prominently displayed upon that list is SLCC Alumni guest Lou Ferrigno. Lou Ferrigno has long been a supporter of the Salt Lake Comic Con, appearing on the first guest list when the event started back in 2013, and appearing several times since then. Needless to say, the fans in Salt Lake are going to be excited to visit with this wonderful actor.

While Lou Ferrigno is perhaps best known for his premier role as the Hulk from the same series that ran from 1997 to 1982, over the years he has also appeared in a large number of other roles as well. To date, he has 56 credits from various projects over the years. These roles have included doing voice work for shows such as Adventure Time, and The King of Queens. It is currently rumored that Lou will be reprising (somewhat) his role as the Hulk in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, by providing the voice for the iconic Avenger.

Jason David Frank is Coming to Salt Lake Comic Con

Jason David Frank is Coming to Salt Lake Comic Con

Jason David Frank Comes to Salt Lake Comic Con

Ben Flygare
It is with great excitement that I announce that the legendary Green (and others) Ranger, Jason David Frank is coming to Salt Lake Comic Con! Jason David Frank originally played Tommy Oliver, the Green and White Rangers, in the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in 1993. After that series he reprised his role as Tommy in other Power Ranger series such as the Black Dino Ranger in Dino Thunder and the Red Turbo Ranger.
In addition to being a Power Ranger on television, Jason is also a Ranger in real life. He is a 7th degree black belt in Shotokan karate and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Going hand in hand with this training he also engages and trains in MMA fights and is notorious for calling out wrestler CM Punk for a fight.
You can have your opportunity to meet this legendary icon on September 1-3 at Salt Lake Comic Con!

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