I am from an electrical engineering type backround and I have been wanting to add a programming language to my resume. The long term goal is to get into a computer science field. I asked a friend of mine when it was safe to put one on and he said when I can solve problems with it.
My question now is what kind of "problems" are typical for the C or C++ programmer? Any book I read for either langauge, or any langauge for that matter, will say that it can be used for anything from A to Z. So far the examples in the book C++ without Fear has a thing for determining prime numbers and such.
What kind of real life problems or projects should a c/cpp programmer be expected to handle?
Thank You. Trying to find direction in a huge field.