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By pavan ·
Dear sirs,
Im a B.S undergraduate student at UMBC pursuing Computer engineering.I just joined college this year spring and im unable to decide upon which field should I choose?Either hardware or software,and which has better openings and oppurtunities in the future.Please oblige and advise me on the above topic.
thanking you
pavan

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by GuruOfDos In reply to College student seeking a ...

Go for hardware! Any 14 year old kid can write software...in fact MOST commercial software is either written by kids or by teams of programmers who only write one chunk of code for a particular part of a program.

Alternatively, get into embeddedsystems, which is a combination of hardware AND software. Learning 'software' isn't a viable option at university because whatever they teach you will be out of date/old fashioned/obsolete by the time you graduate. Hardware doesn't change that much....the application of your knowledge will as time moves on, but the fundamentals are the same as they ever were.

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by eBob In reply to College student seeking a ...

In a few years you'll discover that it really is important to do what you enjoy. Both "software" and "hardware" will be around and developing for a long, long time, in some form or another.

I agree that a "best bet" in general is "embedded systems". Another great field to get into at this time is robotics and micro-robotics, which also combines elements of S/W and H/W.

But the most important thing is to enjoy what you're doing! No really. It will do you absolutely no good if you get into something because you think it would make a good "career", if you're always miserable.

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by aqmike In reply to College student seeking a ...

Go with hardware. I find it to be more enjoyable, but I also hate to program. Hardware changes fast enough that there is always new things coming out to the public. I also think that hardware looks more impressive because others can actually see what you have done and accomplished. The only people that would truly appreciate a software program that you may have written are other programmers.

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by centaurus In reply to College student seeking a ...

I do agree with the answers above, but only go if you really like it, its a question of love, not money.

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by Lo In reply to College student seeking a ...

I would disagree that Software is not a good field. It is highly unlikely that any hardware will run or do anyting worth while w/o software (and vice versa).

Take some intro classes to both as well as robotics and other areas in which you think you may be interested. In the course of that you will find something you enjoy.

If you are looking at job opportuniteis, look for what the world will be doing or be short of in 4-5 years (when you graduate).

There are many people that are not and will not be able or good at software programming. Just not their world. Nothing against them, just not a fit of what they have and like to what a 'good' programmer is. This is true of most fields (I do not have personality or interpersonal skills to be a good manager).
If you like software and programming go for it. If you find it too detailed, boring and limiting, there are other areas. Keep looking.

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