Computing has transformed nearly every modern industry and academic discipline, and studying computer science confers enviable benefits on graduates in the job market.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts faster-than-average growth for nearly every computing and information technology job in the coming decade. While many majors go on to graduate study, a number of rewarding fields are open to students of computer science with a bachelor’s degree.
The analytical and problem-solving skills developed by a major or minor in computing and information science are highly valued by employers in all fields, and skills in computing and algorithmic thinking greatly enhance a degree in science, business, engineering, or health professions.
- Anticipating problems before they arise
- Classifying and systemizing information
- Statistical analysis
- Systems design
- Advanced quantitative abilities
- Understanding operating systems
- Perceiving and defining cause and effect relationships
- Researching problems
- Reviewing large amounts of material and extracting essential information
- Understanding programming-language concepts
Majors in computing and information sciences have a competitive advantage in many occupations. For those interested in jobs in fields closely related to the discipline, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook identifies these as “computer and information technology occupations”:
- Computer and information research scientists
- Computer network architects
- Computer programmers
- Computer support specialists
- Computer systems analysts
- Database administrators
- Information security analysts
- Network and computer systems administrators
- Software developers
- Web developers
The Association for Computing Machinery:
The Association for Computing Machinery breaks the work of computer scientists into these broad categories:
- designing and building software;
- developing effective ways to solve computing problems, such as storing information in databases, sending data over networks, or providing new approaches to security problems;
- devising new and better ways of using computers and addressing particular challenges in areas such as robotics, computer vision, or digital forensics; and
- planning and managing organizational technology infrastructure.
For further discussion of these career paths, see the association’s “Degrees and Careers” page for computer science.
As the field of computer science continues to grow, so do the career options for graduating CS students. A team of developers, engineers, and database administrators has just launched computerscience.org to tackle the careers of computer science. In their analysis of the top 12 most prevalent CS careers today, students can learn about the salaries, knowledge requirements, and recommended education to excel in their chosen career.
The Center for Online Education:
The Center for Online Education is a collection of online educators and experts committed to providing informed, research-based guides for students pursuing college degrees online. Formerly onlinecolleges.net, the Center for Online Education was created to reflect the extensive team behind the resources, rankings and original research on the site.
They answer the important questions for students considering degrees in the IT field:
- What level of degree do I need to be successful?
- What jobs are available with an IT degree?
- How do I find the best program for my budget and time?
They have published a Guide to an Online Information Technology Degree to help students connect to opportunities in this industry.
- Accounting firms
- Banks and investment firms
- Colleges and universities
- Computer development firms
- Computer hardware companies
- Data processing service firms
- Government agencies
- Health care facilities
- Insurance companies
- International agencies
- Internet providers
- Manufacturing firms
- Network systems companies
- Professional & technical journals
- Public utility firms
- Research organizations
- Retail businesses
- Software development firms
- Training companies
- Transportation firms
- Web-based companies
- Wholesale businesses