Jobs for Computer Science students

October 1, 2017


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what can you do with computer science degreeWhile you’re considering earning a computer science degree, you’re probably curious about what your options will be after graduation. You’ve got bills to pay and children to raise, so you’re seeking a career that’s a safe bet.

When it comes to the future, there are few guarantees. But you’re not likely to find a career path with a more optimistic outlook than computer science careers. With job opportunities increasing significantly and above-average starting salaries that escalate with experience, it’s no wonder you’re considering this field.

We know, we know – you haven’t made your decision yet. But as you explore your options, it’s always helpful to know as much as possible about the types of jobs that will be available to you once you earn your degree. To help you in your research, we analyzed more than 560, 000 job postings over the past year to determine the most common positions for computer science degree holders.*

So, what can you do with a computer science degree? Take a look!

Top 10 computer science careers

Below you’ll find a detailed breakdown of the top 10 careers for computer science degree holders, ordered according to the total number of jobs posted over the past year. Learn a bit about the duties, outlook and earning potential for each position.**

1. Software applications developer

  • Design or customize computer applications software
  • Modify existing software to optimize operational efficiency or correct errors
  • Evaluate software requirements and user needs to determine software feasibility

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 165, 063

Projected growth (2012-2022): 22 percent or higher

Median annual salary (2014): $95, 510

2. Computer systems analyst

  • Analyze data processing problems to improve computer systems
  • Develop and test system design procedures
  • Enhance system compatibility so information can be shared easily

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 32, 018

Median annual salary (2014): $82, 710

3. Computer systems engineer

  • Develop solutions to complex applications problems and other network concerns
  • Provide technical guidance for troubleshooting computer systems
  • Confirm stability and security of system architecture

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 21, 144

Projected growth (2012-2022): 3 – 7 percent

Median annual salary (2014): $83, 410

4. Network systems administrator

  • Install and support an organization’s network system
  • Examine website functions to ensure performance without interruption
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 21, 089

Projected growth (2012-2022): 8 – 14 percent

Median annual salary (2014): $75, 790

5. Database administrator

  • Test and administer computer databases
  • Coordinate changes and correct errors to computer databases
  • Apply security measures to safeguard information

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 20, 835

Projected growth (2012-2022): 15 – 21 percent

Median annual salary: $80, 280

6. Business intelligence analyst

  • Analyze market strategies through examining competitors and share trends
  • Collect and compile data from public information, industry reports or purchased sources
  • Produce business intelligence and trend data to support recommendations for plans of action

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 20, 589

7. Web developer

  • Write, design or edit web page content, or direct others producing content
  • Identify and correct problems uncovered by testing or user feedback
  • Back up website files for immediate recovery in case of problems

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 19, 993

Median annual salary (2014): $63, 490

8. Computer programmer

  • Create and test the code that allows computers to run properly
  • Analyze user needs and develop software solutions
  • Write computer programs to store, locate or retrieve data

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 19, 229

Median annual salary (2014): $77, 550

9. Software systems developer

  • Design, develop and test various software for a variety of industries
  • Alter existing software to correct errors or improve performance
  • Analyze data to identify, recommend and plan new system installations or modifications

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 17, 356

Median annual salary (2014): $102, 880

10. Software quality assurance (QA) tester

  • Develop test plans to identify software errors
  • Create and maintain a database to track software defects
  • Review software documentation to confirm accuracy and mitigate risks

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 16, 179

The bottom line…

It should be clear now that earning a computer science degree isn’t a dead-end decision. In fact, doing so will open up a variety of doors in the exciting world of technology. The good news is that this should validate your decision to earn a degree in computer science. The bad news is that you may just end up with too many great career options to choose from.

Now you know what you can do with a computer science degree – all that’s missing is the actual degree! Check out this article to learn why our program stands out amongst the rest:

*Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 561, 194 computer science jobs, Jul. 01, 2014 – Jun. 30, 2015)

**Job duties, outlook and median annual salaries were taken from the U.S. Department of Labor. Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.

Source: www.rasmussen.edu
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