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Computer Science Career Outlook

A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a Computer Science/Computer Information Systems major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.


As a Computer Science/Computer Information Systems major, students may develop or advance skills including attention to detail, mathematics, data analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, logic, ingenuity, and creativity. Students will also be mastering programming languages, such as C++, JavaScript, and Python.


Graduates with a degree in Computer Science/Computer Information Systems can work as computer systems analyst, computer and information systems managers, network and computer systems administrators, information security analysts, software developers, computer programmers, database administrators, computer hardware engineers, computer support specialists.


Graduates with a degree in Computer Science/Computer Information Systems can work within the following areas: programming, research and development, planning and analysis, design, building, coding, integration/testing, operation maintenance, project management, intranet, hardware/software design, database administration, internet, education and instructional technology, and technical support.


Graduates with a degree in Computer Science/Computer Information Systems can work for businesses, government, financial institutions, insurance companies, consulting firms, manufacturers, computer companies, telecommunication companies, retailers, healthcare organizations, hotels and restaurants, entertainment companies, environmental management firms, transportation companies, education institutions, research institutions, internet service providers, software vendors, internet-related companies, consulting firms, colleges and schools.