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What You Can Do with a Computer Science Degree

As a computer science graduate, you’ll have a multitude of career options once you graduate; whether it be finding a dream job with a leading IT company, furthering your research career, or setting out on your own to undertake an entrepreneurial endeavor.



Undergraduate degree programs in computer science serve as great preparation for a variety of interesting and fulfilling careers. Some jobs you may be able to jump right into, while others may require further education and experience.





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Fortunately, if you have a passion to go further academically in your field, you will be in a very strong position to apply to graduate school with a computer science degree.


This computer science careers guide contains detailed occupational information on career paths relevant to this degree. Included are job descriptions, expected salaries, educational requirements and other pertinent information related to these careers. We’ve also included exercise science-specific scholarships to help you pay for school!




What Do You Learn in a Computer Science Program?

Typically, the first two years of undergraduate computer science programs involve learning the fundamentals of various mathematical and computer science concepts, as well as practical techniques. During this time, you are also introduced to the core areas of computer science:


• Software engineering

• Graphics

• Multimedia

• Networks

• Databases

• Artificial intelligence


During the final years of study, you’ll take upper level courses that build on these concepts and techniques, allowing you to explore more advanced concepts and further develop your technical skills. During this time, you may also choose an area of specialization within the field of computer science; depending on which areas you’re interested in.


Many undergraduate computer science degree programs involve hands-on experience, where you’re taught practical skills such as the appropriate use of equipment.


Major projects may also be a requirement. These projects may or may not involve the supervision of a Computer Science department faculty member. These projects allow you to directly apply the knowledge and skill set you gain through coursework and hands-on work.


Success Tip: Not all computer science programs are the same. Do you research on computer science programs, in order to ensure that you get a quality education that fits your needs.



Why Computer Science is Important

Computer Science graduates and professionals play a key role in the expansion of horizons in science and technology by providing ever more powerful computing capabilities. They can only accomplish this by having a thorough understanding of how to design and build computers, how to program them to do useful tasks, and how to create them in a way that allows us to interact with them effectively.


The classroom-based coursework, practical work, project-based work and co-op work opportunities that typically compose a computer science degree program at the university level are designed to provide you with the skills to become proficient in the conceptual and practical areas of computer science. These skills are employable in a wide variety of careers.



Career Guides With a Computer Science Degree

The knowledge and skills you can gain by studying computer science at the university level serve as an excellent foundation for the following careers (not even close to an inclusive list):



Aerospace Engineer

Air Traffic Controller

Application Architect

Applications Analyst

Applications Programmer



Business Analyst

Chief Information Officer

Clinical Data Analyst

Compensation and Benefits Coordinator

Computational Linguist

Computer Programmer

Computer Scientist

Computer Service Technician

Contract Administrator

Cost Estimator



Cyber Security Specialist

Data Analyst

Data Processing Director

Database Administrator

Database Marketing Analyst

Electronic Data Processing Auditor

Elementary School Teacher

Embedded Software Engineer

Energy Efficiency Engineer


Financial Analyst

Flash Programmer

Geomatics Plan Technician

Graphic Designer

Helicopter Pilot

High School Teacher

Information Systems Consultant

• Information Systems Designer

Instructional Technology Specialist

Inventory Control Specialist

IT Analyst

IT Manager

Java Developer

• Military Officer

Multimedia Programmer

Network Architect

• Network Engineer

PHP Developer

Quality Control Specialist

Quantitative Analyst

• Project Analyst

Records Manager

Research Assistant

Retail Sales Associate

Robotics Technologist

Sales Representative

Software Engineer


Systems Administrator

Systems Integration Engineer

Technical Coordinator

Technical Support Specialist

Technical Writer

• Telecommunications Technician

Test Engineer

Transportation Planner

University Professor

User Interface Designer

Video Game Audio Programmer

Video Game Developer

Visual Effects Artist

Web Designer



Please Note: Some of the above listed careers require additional education, training and/or experience. Click on careers that are of interest to you to find out more about the qualifications you’ll need.



Job Postings Related to Your Computer Science Degree!

Whether you're a student looking for a job to help you pay for school, or a graduate looking for an entry or mid-level job, our job board has opportunities directly and indirectly related to computer science.


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Diversifying Your Skill Set: Consider a Double Major

The field of computer science is one that is collaborative by nature. Some of the most innovative and exciting progress in the field of computer science is occurring as a result of combining knowledge of computer science with that of other fields.


For example, computer science is changing the way biological research is conducted in fundamental ways, leading to a new field called bioinformatics, which is essentially a hybrid of biology and computer science. Advances in computer science are also making it possible to study problems in physics, chemistry, geology and economics, problems that would have been very difficult to solve otherwise.


This collaboration between computer science and other fields is largely acknowledged at the university level, as many computer science programs in Canada and the United States allow students to “dual major” in computer science and a complimentary field. These “dual majors” can lead to some interesting and unique computer science careers and opportunities. For example:


• A dual-major with biology can lead to a career in bioinformatics.

• A dual-major with economics will help solve problems in economics via computer simulation.

• A dual-major with fine arts can lead to a career in animation, or other forms of media design.

• A dual-major with political science or criminal justice can lead to a career in security and information policy.

• A dual-major with business can lead to some types of IT (Information Technology) careers.





How Much Can You Earn as a Computer Science Graduate?

The salary you could earn as a computer science graduate first entering the workforce can vary drastically, and is heavily dependent on the following factors (not an inclusive list):


• Your level of education (such as if you went on to graduate studies)

• The industry in which you find work

• The type of job you have, and your level of responsibility

• The size and type of your employer

• The region in which you work

• Other work experience you may have accrued

• Other skills you may have


Computer Science Graduate Salary Ontario: According to a study in 2011 conducted by the Ontario Council of Universities, $58,587 CAD is the average salary earned by Computer Sciences graduates, 2 years after graduating from Ontario universities in 2010.



Computer Science Degree Scholarships

If you’re a computer science major looking for help in paying for school, then you’re in luck! Our scholarships database has Canadian and American scholarships that are specific to computer science, scholarships for science students in general, and scholarships that are open to any field of study.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any and all scholarships for which you qualify, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships in Canada and the United States that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants.



Professional Associations for Careers in Computer Science

To find out more about careers directly related to your computer science degree, consult the following professional association websites. They offer career-related information, and many have opportunities for student membership, as well as job placement and mentoring opportunities.



Canadian Association of Computer Science

Computer Science Canada

Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals

Canadian Society for Computational Studies of Intelligence


United States

American Association for Artificial Intelligence

American Society for Cybernetics

American Society for Information Science

Association for Information Systems

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility



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