What Can You Do with a Computer Science Degree?

In 2015, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had a startling message for his employees: “Every company is now a software company.”1 Since Amazon first made the move from a bookseller to “The Everything Store,” startup after startup has demonstrated that the agility of a tech company can help to serve businesses no matter their product or service. As more industries catch on, a bachelor’s in computer science is becoming valuable in some surprising fields, and careers in computer science are following unexpected paths.

If every company has indeed become a tech company, that means there’s a talent war going on for the best software engineers, designers and developers. Even at companies that might not at first blush appear to be fertile homes for computer scientists, a bachelor’s in this field is in high demand. Here are five of the fastest growing jobs in computer science and some industries where you might find yourself working.

Software Developer

Software Developers

Median Pay: $102,280 per year or $49.17 per hour

Job Outlook: 24% growth year over year (much faster than average)

What do they do? Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. They develop the apps you use to order your ride, your groceries or your dog walker. They figure out ways to bring products and services to consumers quickly and conveniently, and they get paid well for doing it.2

Computer Research Scientist

Computer Research Scientists

Median Pay: $111,840 per year or $53.77 per hour

Job Outlook: 19% growth year over year (much faster than average)

What do they do? Computer research scientists invent new technologies and explore new ways to use old technologies. You’ll find computer research scientists in business, medicine, science or just about any field that uses technology to enhance deliverables. Another perk: 70 percent of computer research scientists earn six figures while still keeping to a 40-hour work week.3

Database Administrators

Database Administrators

Median Pay: $84,950 per year or $40.84 per hour

Job Outlook: 11% growth year over year (faster than average)

What do they do? Database administrators make sure that all users of a system have access to the data they need to do their jobs. This can include anything: patient records, sales data, website usage data, sports analyses…as data proliferates, the jobs for database administrators grow too.4

Information Security Analyst

Information Security Analysts

Median Pay: $92,600 per year or $44.52 per hour

Job Outlook: 28% growth year over year (much faster than average)

What do they do? You can find information security analysts in just about any industry where you can find computer networks and systems. Cyberattacks increased 164 percent worldwide from 2016 to 2017.5 That’s bad news for most people, but great news for computer science degree holders looking for a competitive market and solid job security.6

Web Developer

Web Developers

Median Pay: $66,130 per year or $31.79 per hour

Job Outlook: 15% growth year over year (much faster than average)

What do they do? Web developers design, create and monitor websites. They measure a website’s performance and capacity, create content and work to make sure that their organization’s web presence is as useful to users as possible. You’ll find them at just about any company big enough to have a website, which is…well, almost every company.7

Getting a degree in computer science is great for career advancement. But even better than that? Honing your business skills at the same time. That way, you’ll be prepared to apply your skills no matter which industry interests you the most.

  1. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from computerweekly.com/news/2240242478/Satya-Nadella-Every-business-will-be-a-software-business
  2. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm
  3. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm
  4. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm
  5. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from cnbc.com/2017/09/20/cyberattacks-are-surging-and-more-data-records-are-stolen.htmly
  6. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
  7. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/web-developers.htm