People often ask me what I do for a living, and then give me this glazed over expression when I tell them I am a financial analyst for a local health system, writing in SQL language to pull data for executive administration and other very important people. Sitting in front of a computer toiling away for 8 hours (or more...) a day compiling reports using a somewhat finicky form of programming may not sound like a blast to anyone else, but I love it!
I graduated college in 2008, and my degree is in applied technology, which basically allowed me the flexibility to choose which technology-related classes I wanted to focus on, with some management and accounting courses mixed in, to complete my degree. Instead of taking those dreadful classes on network administration and computer architecture, I consumed as many classes as I could on programming in Java and database administration, as well as throwing some Photoshop and computer forensics into the mix. I have been with the health system since I was 20 years old, and have worked in various areas, learning as much as I can about the healthcare industry. I have been in my current position for about a year now, and I feel so blessed to come to a job that I love every single day. :)