University recommendation - HCI
heard good things about CMU and Gatech...
Anyone here have an HCI degree? How do you like your job/field? I asked on the comp.human-factors newsgroup about jobs and generally it seemed like they were the first to go when the economy goes sour. I think it is an important job, but I can imagine how difficult it can be to prove that you really add value.
I don't know that you can get a degree specifically in HCI there, but I know a guy that teaches at NC State who did HCI research for his doctorate. His name is Martin Dulberg (I may have spelled that wrong). You could try to contact him; he would probably know who has a good program and who doesn't.
I went to Virginia Tech as an undergrad, still live in town, and two of their HCI professors, plus their grad students and their $700,000 in grant money, just left for Penn State.
Well, I'm sort of counting on this degree not to hurt my job oppertunities. I already have a BS in CS (from Sweden) and I wanted to sort of expand my skills/interest... or CV ;-)
I don't think it can hurt, since you still have your CS skills... but I think it might not help as much as you would like. The impression I got was that usability people are pretty few and far between, and most companies don't have them. I guess the attitude is that a programmer with no special training should be able to come up with a decent interface. After all, we have been using computers for a long time, so hopefully we should have picked up what the standards are.
Unless you plan to teach at university, a Master's Degree in CS or any IT field will do no good whatsoever in getting you a job.
I think that is a total overgeneralization. It may be true in business... but why do you assume he is looking for a business-type job? (finance, insurance, whatever). He could want to work for a government lab, or something like that, in which case a Master's is almost required. I guess this board is oriented more towards IT/business stuff, but not everyone on it is in those fields. Software development practices are applicable in... well all software development.
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