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Computer science majors in high demand for technology jobs


Monday, October 01, 2012
The need for graduates of technology programs has never been greater. Choosing a technology major such as computer science is an excellent first step toward securing a job in a number of fields such as computing, scientific research, healthcare and finance.

Solving problems
Computer science is the study of how computation can be applied to solve problems. The field is broad, covering disciplines that are primarily theoretical in nature, such as information architecture and data structures, and those that are more practical, like software engineering.

Students who major in computer science learn how to use programming languages such as Java, Objective-C and Python to solve problems. Other required classes include computer architecture, logic and computation and programming paradigms. Artificial intelligence, information theory, operating systems and computer networking are common elective classes in computer science degree programs.

An urgent need
According to business magazine Forbes, almost 1.5 million jobs in the technology sector will be created in the next five years. However, Lisa Hook, president and chief executive officer of Neustar, a business intelligence and technology firm, claims that there will only be enough qualified graduates to fill approximately 30 percent of these positions.

"While the tech industry is changing at a breakneck pace and creating new jobs in the process, workers simply aren’t graduating fast enough - or with the necessary technical skills - to keep up with the demand," said Hook.

Great prospects
The need for skilled graduates in the technology sector is so high that companies such as Microsoft are sending engineers to high schools across the country to show students how computer science can help them launch exciting and dynamic careers. Microsoft's Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program is now operating in more than 40 schools nationwide, and officials at the technology company plan to further expand the program in the coming years, according to The New York Times.

For graduates of computer science degree programs, the future is bright. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that demand for software developers is expected to increase by 30 percent through 2020, while the need for systems administrators is projected to rise by 28 percent.

As technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S., a major in computer science is an excellent choice for inquiring minds who want to be at the forefront of technological innovation in the years to come.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800875648-ADNFCR

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