Columbia County teen creates his own computer science job

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 05, 2020 02:50 PM
Created: February 25, 2020 06:45 PM

HUDSON - Employment in all computer science occupations is expected to increase by 22-percent this year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many schools are trying to make sure students are equipped to take those jobs. However, for one local teen, computer technology is so fascinating to him, he's already launched out into a computer science job he created himself.


Maheer Patwary, 16, became fascinated with computers after picking up his first computer game.

For Maheer it was not just about winning against his friends, it was about figuring out how the computer game actually worked - how it functioned, the program coding.

It was shortly after that he realized he never wanted to work for someone else.

At 14, he asked his parents for money to build his first personal computer.

Along with a friend, he started a freelance graphic business. They make graphics, and edit video for companies.

The Hudson High School student isn't waiting to be trained - he's teaching himself.

As eager as he is to dive into photography and other products to his freelance business, his parents are just as eager to remind him finishing high school and college have to come first.

See some examples from his graphic design business, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.


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