Tech ethicist “career path”/ “education pathway”

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#1

Hello all!
As many of you know, I’m about to start college. I am majoring in Electrical Engineering as of right now. (Dont know where I’m going though and my major could change). I wanted to try and tailor my education to be useful in ethical tech. Just wondering what you all think (classes ,minors, certifications) could help me reach that goal. Maybe we can develop a loose, flexible education pathway, or some type of guidance to help others enter this field.

Minors I am Considering:
Public Policy
Buisness
Ethics (generally)
Data Science

Obviously tech ethics is a broad field, but helping others direct their education may be helpful.


#2

Cool! Philosophy and ethics, if they interest you. Unfortunately at the bachelor’s level it’s most likely just going to be a few courses. So load up on the humanities, the ones specifically dealing with society, its problems, diversity. I took 2 humanities and philosophy courses as an undergraduate which I remember to this day. Psychology. Again don’t let your electives go to waste, use them wisely as in US universities they can sometime be more valuable than the main topic of study! Perhaps some kind of minor will fit in with these courses.

On aside I did a quick search and University of Arizona already offers a tech/science ethics Masters degree. Some other universities such as Delft (the little Dutch village where the former community leader lives) offer courses and online courses on tech ethics and research the topic.


#3

I would consider getting a Masters if I can do tech ethics. We should make some kind of list of colleges that offer tech ethics majors/bachelors/masters/minors maybe.


#4

I’m going to make a Wiki post so that this can be further developed, and so I can map out what I’m doing so others can follow!


Tech Ethicist Career Path Wiki
#5

In undergrad I took quite a few great classes on ethics and technology. They ranged from intro to advanced level and they were always taugh by someone very passionate in the field. I’d recommend checking out the Information Science/Computer Science department to see what classes your particular school might offer.


#6

Yep, I minored in philosophy with an EECS major. I would recommend at least as much.


#7

It’s my impression that many ethicists in the tech world have PhDs or Masters - or work in the tech side on UX, AI, - I speak from an ethics background on the blockchain/governance side from a communications skillset.


#8

Thanks for your input and welcome to the community! I was considering getting a higher degree if it meant achieving my goal. If you have any resources please add them to the wiki post!


#9

Before all the knowledge and experience of today’ world, at the university in ‘99 I chose philosophy, I did three exams there which I really liked (logics, aesthetics and theoretics) and then I didn’t know what to do more there and decided to switch to computer science, where then had a specialization in AI.
Now you can plan your university career much better and in advance, you are already aware of a lot of things you want to do and besides this, philosophy and computing are much more on the same track than twenty years ago…


#10

Cool! Thanks for the advice y’all. Lets keep this discussion going. I want to hear from all sorts of people to learn about this field!


#11

I am a Philosopher, and techfrik, I thinks I will be good get a major, on philosophy and then get your structure on your mind, and then it will be a piece of cake any technology which is the most elemental thinks structure of the brain.
Because is pure logic


#12

Thanks for the input and welcome to the community! If you have an resources you would like to share, feel free to add them to the wiki post.


#13

The University of Colorado Boulder has a PhD program that comes to mind for carving out a career as a tech ethicist.

https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/information-science

This university is home to professor Casey Fiesler, who has been instrumental is piecing together the various tech ethics curricula being used across the US (and globally):

You may also want to be connected with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University:

https://www.scu.edu/ethics/


#14

Thank you so much for your input! I will definitely check this out!


#15

Do y’all think its possible to have a Bachelors in EECS and do a Masters/PhD in ethics? Is that even possible? :joy::joy: