Something to consider
Computer science can take longer than the typical four year undergraduate program, due to the major's competitive nature and growing popularity. In addition, computer science majors should focus on creating a portfolio, not a resume, to show their programing knowledge and ability. Portfolios are the most common way to showcase projects and code to future employers.
There is a lot of variety in careers a computer science major could have, including: computer and information research scientists, computer game designer, artificial intelligence network engineer, Java developer, computer graphics, computer network architects, computer programmers, software or systems engineer, computer systems analysts and software/web developers. Positions, such as a computer and information research scientist, will require a Ph.D.
Where you could end up living
According to My Next Move, in 2013 there are 17 states with average to above-average career opportunities in the computer and information research scientist field, including: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Utah and Virginia. A major headquarter for technology companies and careers is Silicon Valley, located south of the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
Salary and occupation outlook
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, the average salary for computer and information research scientists was $109,260 per year, with more than 24,000 people employed in that job title. The projected outlook in the field is a 15 percent growth rate from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. One of the factors of this increase is the new technologies and software being developed that create new jobs.
While in school, you'll learn how to develop computer software, gain programming knowledge and build web pages. Working with your fellow students on projects will help you gain leadership skills and learn how the computer science industry works.
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