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I spent years earning a Ph.D. in a non-computer related field (musicology) but have found the job market almost, if not completely dried up. I have spent the last year or so learning a multitude of programming languages, including Java, in which I plan to get certified. My question is: are companies willing to hire applicants who carry college degrees in addition to certificates in a desired language or do I need to enroll in another Bachelors/Masters program for Computer Science in order to be considered for a job?

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In the UK, certifications are seen mostly as a complement for a computing degree. I understand that this is the case in the USA too. That means that most big companies will not call you for an interview without a computing degree, regardless of your certifications. (Some would say certifications are even counterproductive in some cases).

Small companies do not get a lot of applications that they need to filter quickly, so they may call you to an interview. Once at the interview, it matters what you know (or what you can show that you know), not the pieces of paper you have collected.

So I would recommend to start looking for jobs while starting a computing degree at the same time, just in case. In the UK there are Masters programmes especially for people like you (with a degree in a different field and moving into computing), and this may happen in other countries too. This will save you some time compared to the Bachelors.

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