In this day and age, it’s hard to believe that the computer’s original purpose was simply to calculate numbers. Today’s computers are capable of controlling other machines, connecting to Bluetooth devices, sharing data, solving complex problems and so much more.
The study of computers and their computational systems is computer science. This field deals with theoretical and algorithmic foundations, computer processing and software design, development, and application. If you’d like to know more about the fascinating field that is computer science and the various jobs you can have in the field, then this is the blog for you!
Computer science fields on the rise
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that careers in computer science will grow by nearly 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, compared to most modern occupations growing by about seven percent during this time interval.
Today, there are around 1.4 million computer science job opportunities, but that number is sure to increase with the rise of the digital world.
Do I need a degree?
Yes. Over 80 percent of employers are looking for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Due to the vast nature of computer science careers, it’s hard to narrow down the exact requirements or exact degree necessary to go into this career. So once you find out what it is you want to do, then you can zero in on the specific education or degree you need.
Computer science spans across multiple job industries from technology to finance. Computer science deals with software which is a necessary tool in any professional field. So, if you find yourself not enjoying your current computer science job, you can transfer to something slightly different without having to go back to school or learn a new skill. This is a unique attribute to this field because most people don’t have the option to change their job with such ease.
There are many different kinds of computer science jobs, thus salaries can vary greatly. However, most computer science graduates should expect to land jobs that will pay high five-figure to six-figure salaries. The average salary for a person with a Bachelor’s degree working in computer science is $86,469.
Sign me up! What are the actual jobs I can get?
With a multitude of job opportunities, a decent salary, and a rapidly growing job market, you might be wondering what specific jobs await you in this field. Here are a few that may interest you.
Database Administrators are responsible for working with technology and using specialized software to store and organize a company’s data. They also analyze the data needs of users and develop resources that store sensitive information. This job is in the highest demand at insurance and financial companies. This job had a median income of $93,750 in May 2019.
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer Systems Analyzation requires individuals to evaluate an organization’s computer systems and recommend changes to hardware and software to enhance efficiency. One must have good social skills to frequently communicate with both managers and employees. These individuals never stop learning about new trends in technology, research, and ways to improve the company’s computer systems. This job had a median income of $90,920 in May 2019.
Information Security Analyst
Information Security Analysts are responsible for protecting information networks and websites from cyber-attacks/security breaches by creating security systems. They must anticipate and install systems to prevent issues before they occur. If a breach does occur, they must be able to identify the cause and make modifications or repairs to the system to ensure it won’t happen again. This job had a median income of $99,730 in May 2019.
These are only a few examples of computer science jobs but there are a plethora to choose from.
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All in all, it’s an exciting time to enter the workforce if you’re interested in computer science. There is plenty of well-paying and unique job opportunities, job security (because the world is becoming more and more reliant on computers), and extreme flexibility in your career path. What more could you ask for?