ISA Career Library
A Career in Automation and Control
Automation+Control - Is It Right For You?
A career in automation and control may be for you. Find out here!
Many jobs are available to those interested in automation and control.
Education-What You Will Need
Professionals in automation and control must consider the education needed to work in their chosen field.
If you've read this far, you've already demonstrated one of the most important qualifications - an interest in technology. To be successful in automation and control, you'll need a desire to learn how things work, as well as a desire to make them work better.
Steps You Can Take Now
Here's what you can do to start your career in automation and control.
The Young Engineer - A Professional Guide
What is Required of You as an Engineer?
You must consciously develop some very specific and basic qualities.
A Career of Human Significance
Are there opportunities in the technical professions for the youth of today? Be assured that the young engineer, chemist, or physicist who wants to do something that will count in terms of human welfare and advancement has a great opportunity. All mankind faces a future of uncertainty.
Important Choices and Decisions upon Graduation
For the majority of engineering school graduates, one of the important decisions to be made is, "Which job opportunity shall I take?" Read this article to consider some of the alternatives.
Beginning Your Professional Life
Your first few years in the engineering profession can be among the most important in your life.
Unwritten Laws of Engineering
Professionalism and Unionism
Engineering can be a challenging and rewarding profession. Your personal goals should be ambitious enough to be challenging, but realistic enough to avoid frustration.
Resources for Automation Consultants
The following collection of resources is provided to assist individuals who are self-employed or wish to pursue independent consulting careers. It is ISA's intent to make this collection dynamic with resources added by users of the site. Please submit your suggestions to Kim Belinsky.
Control and Information Systems Integrators Association
United States Small Business Administration References
Consulting Agreement Samples
Resources Available for Purchase
10 Steps to Improve Your Career
To help give your career a boost, Steve McMahan, president of the Atlantic region of Kforce Professional Staffing in Tampa, FL, has some tips to get you on your way.
Foreign Language Skills can Translate Into a Great Career
With the increasing diversity of the U.S. population and an ever-expanding global economy, demand for bilingual workers is strong.
Resume - Showcase Your Talent
Your resume may have less than a minute to capture the interest of an employer. It’s a fierce competition. The difference between your resume ending up in the “Must Call” or “No Interest” pile is all in the delivery.
Essential Job Skill - Working Well With Others
When you think about dating someone, compatibility is an essential consideration. So much so in fact, it’s often first – and sometimes the last – form of attraction between two people. Yet, compatibility rarely is a subject of discussion with potential employers.
Avoiding Email Overload
10 Ways to Fend Off Work Stress
Your phone is ringing, your voice mail light is flashing and you’re ignoring your overcrowded e-mail inbox to work on the presentation you will be giving in 10 minutes. Feeling a little stressed? Here are some tips to help you control that swell of panic that seems to follow you around all day at work.
Language Clarity and Diversity - Not an Issue?
When we talk with others in the conduct of business, we often judge them--- sometimes unconsciously---by how they speak. Strong regional accents, speech patterns, and/or local grammatical differences may be perceived as indicative of intelligence, education, or social class. Diversity is important, but clear communication is essential. If people are difficult to understand, there may be adverse effects on productivity, client interaction, and the development of important relationships.
Custom and Specialized Production
A subtle shift is underway in the American workplace. The consequences of this shift will influence education, training and development, work assignment---domestically and globally---the demand for skilled labor, and the kind of work that is performed by companies in the United States and in other countries.
Employers are becoming more selective, focusing efforts on hiring (and keeping) the best talent they can find . . . and the standards are set high. Likewise, workers are looking for the best jobs . . . with decisions based more on values than on monetary reward.
Finding the Right Job For You - Reality Check
Most people want more than just a job - more than the minimum in pay and satisfaction. Planning for your professional future is vital to getting what you want from work for years to come! At some point along the way, you made a conscious decision to enter the technical field of automation + control technology. That's why you are working so hard in school.
ISA Code of Ethics
Learn to Write
The typical scientist or engineer is expected to spend more time writing these days than ever before. What is more, the further you hope to advance in salary, and executive responsibility, the more you will have to write. Nearly fifty years ago Peter Drucker wrote an article in Fortune Magazine entitled, How to Be an Employee.
The New Global Job Shift
The latest round of globalization is moving more and more upscale jobs offshore.
Students Aren't Preparing for Jobs
A serious problem will face both workers and employers as we move through this decade and the next. Knowledge and skills gaps will restrict economic growth, corporate achievement, and career development. The consequences will create problems of historical significance.
The Move to Exurbia . . . and Beyond
For years, we have watched the gradual move of businesses and residences to independent communities beyond the suburban fringe of major cities.
The Personal Value Battle
How much are you worth as an employee? People wrestle with this question every day, wondering if they are paid enough for what they are expected to do.