Do you thrive on intellectual challenge? Are you fascinated by technology? A computer science degree can lead you to a fulfilling career on both counts. And it has other benefits, too.
For those with a genuine interest in computers and the possibilities they present for business, science, communication and other endeavors, computer science just might be the degree to get. Consider being able to:
1. Increase your earning potential.
It's no secret that computing has the potential for some to provide a nice living. Grads with a bachelor's degree in computer science might be qualified to enter into a number of high-earning positions, such as computer systems analyst – which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes has a median annual salary of $79,680 representing those in various stages of their careers.1
2. Boost your post-graduation job prospects.
A computer science degree can open up the door to many quickly growing and in-demand roles for job seekers with the right combination of education, experience and skills. For instance, software developers are projected to grow by 22% percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS, which classifies this rate as much faster than average.2
3. Prepare for work in a wide range of fields.
As an academic discipline computer science tends to develop strong theoretical and analytical skills that can be applied to many different professional pursuits, from the fields of engineering to medicine to financial analysis. The economy is constantly evolving, and technology is one of the primary reasons. When you have both the practical skills of computer science and the intangible critical thinking and analytical skills, you can use those talents in a variety of industries and businesses.
Not all computer whizzes use their powers for good (hackers create plenty of havoc, stealing financial information, disrupting business, etc.), but they also have enormous potential to change the world for the better. People with backgrounds in computer science have made and continue to make contributions in engineering, the arts, science and medicine.
5. Explore possibilities you never dreamed of.
Computers are so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget how quickly they've changed our lives. Fifteen years ago, e-mail was a relatively new phenomenon, the Internet was just gaining steam and no one imagined they'd be carrying smartphones loaded up with nifty apps (back then, making a call from the street usually meant finding a phone booth). What might the next 15 years bring? If you have a degree in computer science, you might be the first to know.
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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Computer Systems Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analyst.htm (visited on July 24, 2014).
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Software Developers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm (visited on July 23, 2014).
* The employment statistics and statements mentioned above are national figures. Employment conditions in your area may be different. These are national statistics and conditions in your area may vary. These are national historical statistics and are not representative or indicative of the earning potential of graduates.