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Educator Sees I.T. As The Next Leading Job Sector In Los Angeles

By the year 2020, job prospects for today's undergraduates studying to become software developers will see a 30 pecent opportunity spike due to the influx of tech-savvy companies seeking to advance their wireless applications, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This means the bank accounts owned by some of those brainy inventors and problem-solvers could fatten to a transcendent degree as more growth companies relocate to Silicon Beach. Software engineers working in Los Angeles are already bringing home six-figure paychecks, with an average yearly income of more than $80,000, reports And as society continues to entrust artificial intelligence, the roles software developers will play in the lives of others could reach the outer limits of advantageous circumstances.

Dr. Gustavo Vejarano, assistant professor, Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Gustavo Vejarano, assistant professor, Loyola Marymount University

"The use of computer systems in every sector of the economy has been increasing and will continue to increase," said Dr. Gustavo Vejarano, an assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. "There are technologies being developed that allow any device to connect to the internet. An example of this are cars and homes connected to the internet so that they can be controlled remotely by family members. Another example is the use of our minds to control devices which can, in turn, connect to the internet."

In view of a flourishing necessity to create, install and operate complicated networks of computer systems and their software programs, Dr. Vejarano has projected the top career opportunities in Los Angeles that could fortify an adept professional's financial stability by 2020. These positions include information technology analysts and software developers, in addition to a multitude of specialty job offerings in cyber security and the life sciences.

Dr. Vejarano, who directs a research laboratory at the university that studies human and wireless-machine integration, stimulates his students to engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education due to humanitarian reasons and lucrative employment.

"I tell them that although the study of STEM disciplines requires perseverance and hard work, it can also be really fun when they are creative," said Dr. Vejarano, who earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering in 2011. "They would be able to create new systems and technologies that bring valuable benefits to people's lives."

Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to

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