Students who major in computer science at college have a cornucopia of job options after graduation. They don’t have to confine themselves to computing firms only, but can branch out into other businesses that rely on computers to do their work, such as hospitals and insurance companies. They can be programmers, system engineers or security specialists, to name but a few occupational choices.
A majority of businesses and many people have a web presence these days, yet not everyone is computer literate when it comes to designing a website. A computer science major could work in web design, designing and maintaining large and/or complicated websites for a single business or for a firm that specializes in web design. Or she could design websites for individuals who want something beyond the templates offered by a web host company. A related occupation is webmaster, a computer specialist who is responsible for technical performance of the website and site content.
Think about the software you use for word processing or playing games. Someone had to write it. That someone is a computer programmer who probably has a computer science major in his background. A programmer takes software that has been designed by software engineers and systems analysts and turns it into language that computers can understand, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook”.
A network involves two or more computers having the ability to share information. The network analyst designs networks and keeps them operating. His job is to make sure computers and communications equipment work together on local area and wide area networks, and the Internet, says the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Computer Support Specialist
A computer support specialist offers assistance to people who have problems with their computer or software. Computer support specialists are usually known as tech support specialists or help-desk technicians. They provide help in-house to a business’ computer users or outside the company to its customers. They need to be familiar with software programs and hardware to interpret and analyze problems, especially if they will be answering questions over the telephone.
Computer science majors can earn high salaries working in this technology field. Earnings vary by specialty and responsibility, but the Occupational Outlook Handbook notes salaries of more than $100,000 annually are usual for information system managers. Systems designers earned more than $80,000 annually in 2008, the handbook says.