By David Strelecky
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Information system programmers specialize in programs for storing and retrieving physical science, engineering, or medical information; text analysis; and language, law, military, or library science data. As the information superhighway continues to grow, information system programmers have increased opportunities in online businesses, such as those of LexisNexis, Westlaw, America Online, Microsoft, and many others. Process control programmers develop programs for systems that control automatic operations for commercial and industrial enterprises, such as steelmaking, sanitation plants, combustion systems, computerized production testing, or automatic truck loading.
Advancement Just as with many jobs, to have better opportunities to advance their position and possibly earn more money, computer and video game designers have to keep up with technology. They must be willing to learn more about design, the industry, and even financial and legal matters involved in development. 36 Careers in Focus: Computers Becoming and remaining great at their job may be a career-long endeavor for computer and video game designers, or just a steppingstone to another area of interactive entertainment.
Steve Russell was perhaps the first video game designer. In 1962, when he was in college, he made up a simple game called Spacewar. Graphics of space ships flew through a starry sky on the video screen, the object of the game being to shoot down enemy ships. Nolan Bushnell, another early designer, played Spacewar in college. In 1972 he put the first video game in an arcade; it was a game very much like Spacewar, and he called it Computer Space. NOC 28 Computer and Video Game Designers 29 However, many users found the game difficult to play, so it was not a success.
Computers (Ferguson's Careers in Focus) by David Strelecky