IT Careers With a Computer Science Major

If you spent most of your high school in the computer lab learning how to make it do cool things by stringing together a bunch of words that might look like gibberish to the uninitiated, but to you they spell "code," then you are among the lucky few who have a clear career path ahead of them.

Yes, computer science may be a lot more than writing programs, but for a lot of IT professionals, that's where the seeds of passion are sown.

So, if you are passionate about making this wondrous little machine do wonderful things and have a few other qualities like an aptitude for math, logical and analytical ability, and problem solving skills, then you are an ideal candidate for computer science programs.

A computer science major will give you the opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies in a broad spectrum of exciting jobs that involve designing software, writing code, maintaining systems, managing database, etc. Some of the popular computer science careers are as follows:

1. Computer Programmer:

A computer programmer uses programming languages like C++, Java, etc. to write a series of commands that a computer follows to complete a task. Programmers are also responsible for testing, debugging, modifying, and expanding existing programs.

Computer programmers can find employment in a variety of industries ranging from IT firms to financial institutions. As they get more technical and business experience, programmers may be promoted to senior roles as lead programmers, systems analysts, or managers leading a team of programmers.

Besides a computer science degree, those interested in programming may benefit by professional certifications in JAVA II, C++, Microsoft ASP, etc.

2. Database Administrators:

Database administrators are responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance, and repair of an organization's database. They may also be responsible for formulating policies and procedures regarding the management, security, and use of the database.

Candidates can boost their chances of employment by completing professional certifications like Structured Query Language (SQL), SAP, etc after completing their computer science degree.

Like computer programmers, database administrators are also employed in a wide range of industries such as technology and telecommunication companies, financial firms, government agencies, etc. Many database administrators are promoted to managerial positions in their organizations depending on factors such as their education level, experience, and the ability to stay on top of emerging technologies.

3. Network Administrators:

Network administration has emerged as one of the most popular computer science careers. Network administrators install and maintain hardware and software that make up an organization's computer system. They are responsible for the smooth running of a company's LAN, WAN, Internet, Intranet, and security systems. In some organizations, network administrators are also given the task of designing and deploying networks.

Those who have a bachelor's degree in computer science along with professional certifications in A +, CCNA, Novell-C.N.A, C.N.E.- Advanced Administration, etc. are likely to enjoy good employment opportunities.

The good news for individuals interested in computer science degrees is that the U.S. Department of Labor has projected excellent job prospects for two of these three IT careers through 2018.*

There is growing evidence that computer science majors are back on the radar of technology companies looking to hire IT professionals who are not just technically sound, but also business savvy and skilled at solving problems and communication.