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    Why Should I Study Computer Science?

    October 12, 2016

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    Choosing a college major is a big decision. You want to find something rewarding, while challenging yourself.

    Here are some reasons why you should think about making a career in computer science, an exciting and fast-paced field.


    You’ll be excited to go to work each day.

    Careers in computer science include work in software engineering, networks, databases, multimedia, artificial intelligence, 3D-user interfaces and graphics, virtual environments, evolutionary robotics and human-computer interaction. These areas utilize some of the most advanced technology available.  Solving problems and designing systems using computer science skills is a creative activity that can provide a lifetime of satisfying work.  

    You gain a wide variety of applicable skills.

    Design, coding and algorithmic-problem solving are core skills graduates learn in computer science programs. These skills can applied in any field where computers are used, which is virtually everywhere!  Once the core skills have been learned, students can choose to hone their skills in advanced courses in artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile-apps programming, computer security, data mining, computational biology, programming languages, networking, systems administration, systems programming and web programming. Computer science students can elect to concentrate on business applications or big-data analytics, and also earn a minor in business or statistics. Computer scientists are a valuable asset no matter where they choose to work.

    Choose your location.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 70 percent of all newly created jobs across all science, technology, engineering and math fields from now until 2024 will be in computer science. Demand is high and will remain that way across the nation, so in many cases, you can pick and choose where you want to live.

    It’s an area that’s trending up.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than nearly all occupations. Historically, computer scientists are likely to enjoy excellent job prospects because companies report difficulty finding highly skilled workers. The median pay for 2015 was $110,620 per year.

    You can make a real difference in people’s lives.

    Graduates in this field invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology in business, medicine, science and other fields. It’s a great job for making a difference.


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