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School of Computer Science and Mathematics

W.C. Morris Building, Room 222
Warrensburg, MO 64093
P:660-543-4930 F:660-543-8013
Dr. Xiaodong Yue, Department Chair


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. 

Source - IEEE Computer Society, Careers in Computing.

Computer Science job market is booming. Demand for computer 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 2020. Four of the top 15 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.

Money Magazine recently ranked Computer Systems Analyst as the No. 3 of the best jobs in America 2016 . Many computer related occupations are also on the list. It is not surprised that Kiplinger recently also ranked Computer Science as the No. 1 best college majors for a lucrative career. ranks software engineering as one of the best job in 2015. 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 Microsoft, Garmin, Amazon, AT&T, Boeing, VMWare, UMB, Commerce Bank, Cerner, DST, Sprint, Mastercard, Hallmark, YRC Worldwide, Honeywell, Mutual of Omaha, All-State, Huber and Associates, Shelter Insurance, AIG, Computer Associates International, Busch, Scottrade, etc..

Finally, money talks! According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) 2015 salary survey, Computer Science is one of the most lucrative college degree with an average salary of $65,474 for new college graduates. The typical average starting salary for UCM computer science graduates is between 60K to 70K in recent years.

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