The essential qualification of a graduate with a Master’s degree is the ability to evaluate tasks and problems comprehensively, to analyse them and to look for effective solutions instead of merely work on sub-problems.
While Research and Development (R&D) is the field where the majority of MSc Information Technology graduates work (about 2 out of 3), other interesting fields of work can also be found in Developing, Production or Quality Assurance.
Let us take Automotive Engineering as our first example: All modern motor vehicles nowadays have a large number of so-called control units (= computers for specific tasks), most of which are linked with each other. A few key words describing the tasks of such control units are: engine management, dynamic stability, ABS (= Antilock Braking System), driver safety systems, air-conditioning control and 'infotainment'. The technical fields that an engineer encounters in these work areas are for example: Digital Systems, Microcomputer Systems, Analogue Electronics, Computer Networks, Software Engineering, High Frequency Technology, Drive Systems, etc.
Apart from Automotive Engineering there are other interesting and challenging fields of occupation such as Telecommunications, Biomedical Engineering and Automation Engineering. The setting-up and extension of a telecommunication system as well as its secure, reliable and trouble-free operation requires comprehensive knowledge and abilities that can only be found in interdisciplinary teams. In Automation Technology, on the other hand, often very different technical fields come into contact with each other and – depending on the project – teams might consist of biologists, chemists, and electrical engineers.
Projects in Telecommunications will basically draw on the knowledge and teamwork of Electrical and Information Engineers, whereas tasks in Biomedical Engineering will require additional specialized knowledge from Medicine, Precision Engineering or even Mechanical Engineering - for example for the development of modern diagnostic devices such as CRT (= Cathode Ray Tubes), NMR (= Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and MRI (= Magnetic Resonance Imaging), or state-of-the-art technology like computer-controlled operation tables and even operation robots.
All these examples show that Information Technology plays a key role and therefore opens up chances of employment in all branches of industry.
Employees holding a Master’s degree are expected to have in-depth and up-to-date expert knowledge in individual fields as well as the ability to manage and coordinate interdisciplinary project teams.
Due to the global reach of many companies, project team members are often international, which makes a good knowledge of foreign languages indispensable, even more so as global organizations tend to have separate locations for product development (e.g. in Germany) and production (often abroad for cost-saving reasons). Thus, international communication becomes ubiquitous.
Professional careers of our Master’s degree holders