Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Careers in Computer Science
The computer industry is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and that growth promises to continue. Today, computers are used in almost every aspect of our lives: from desktops at home and work to mainframe computers in government and industry to supercomputers expanding the frontiers of science and technology.
To maintain a competitive edge, industry and commerce must continue to make creative scientific and engineering advances as well as produce high quality products. More than ever, there is a demand for a prepared work force with the scientific and technical training necessary to perform effectively on the job.
A Career in Computer Science
Computing professionals might find themselves in a variety of environments in academia, research, industry, government, private and business organizations -- analyzing problems for solutions, formulating and testing, using advanced communications or multi-media equipment, or working in teams for product development. Here's a short list of research and vocational areas in computing.
- Artificial Intelligence -- Develop computers that simulate human learning and reasoning ability.
- Computer Architecture -- Design new computer instruction sets, and combine electronic or optical components to provide powerful but cost-effective computing.
- Information Technology -- Develop and manage information systems that support a business or organization.
- Database Management -- Develop methods for the production of software systems on time, within budget, and with few or no defects.
- Computer Theory -- Investigate the fundamental theories of how computers solve problems, and apply the results to other areas of computer science.
- Algorithms and Machines -- Develop the basic software computers used to supervise themselves or to communicate with other computers.
- Software Applications -- Apply computing and technology to solving problems outside the computer field - in education or medicine, for example.
Source - IEEE Computer Society, Careers in Computing.
Demand for information technology professionals in the United States and Missouri grows faster than universities can produce graduates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the fastest growing occupations in US that require a Bachelor’s degree or higher through year 2012. Five of the top ten fastest growing occupations are computer related.
The computer-related field is one of the three high-demanded occupational categories in the state of Missouri. These disciplinary areas have been characterized as pivotal for the future of the state. Similar to the national trend, four of the top ten fastest growing occupations in Missouri that requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher are computer related.
Money Magazine recently ranked software engineering as the best job in America. Computer IT analyst is also on the list. The same magazine also listed IT as one of the careers with extremely good potential of future pay increase. In another issue of Money Magazine, it listed SQL database administrators and .NET and Java developers as two of the ten jobs with big demand and good pay. It is not surprised that Fortune Magazine recently also ranked software engineering as one of the hottest college degrees for getting hired. Graduates from computer science programs have long known that CS leads to great jobs and careers.
Here at University of Central Missouri, the job placement of our graduates is excellent. According to the recent report from the Office of Career Services at UCM, our computer science students are among the most successful in finding jobs. Our computer science graduates are employed in companies such as Sprint, Boeing, VMWare, Cerner, DST, YRC Worldwide, Honeywell, Mutual of Omaha, All-State, Huber and Associates, Shelter Insurance, AIG, Computer Associates International, Busch, etc..
Finally, money talks! According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) 2007 salary survey, Computer Science is the fifth most lucrative college degree with an average salary of $51,070 for new college graduates. Management Information Systems follows Computer Science with an average salary of $46,568.