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A Guide to Computer Science Careers

by
Mizio de Sousa

The popularity of computer science courses has grown massively in recent years. The digital age and the spotlight on tech companies have made the sector an attractive proposition for many. It’s a fantastic career with excellent salaries, job perks, and employment security. Follow our helpful guide below to learn more about what kind of roles are available and what qualifications you’ll need.

What to expect from a computer science degree

A computer science degree will teach you a variety of things related to computers and computing language. You’ll likely specialise in two or three coding languages, such as python and C#, and you’ll cover areas such as cyber security, computer architecture, and software design.

It’s essential that you choose optional modules that will help land you a job in the field you want after graduation.

What roles are available to computer science graduates?

Computer science is a broad field of study that can lead to jobs in various sectors. The right jobs will depend on what you want to specialise in and follow. Here are some common destinations for computer science graduates:

Software Engineer/Developer

Perhaps the most sought after jobs in the computer science field. These are some of the most lucrative and rewarding careers in the sector. You can choose to work at an already established company, such as Google, or take your chances on a new, exciting start-up and be a part of the journey from day one.

An engineer will develop tools to build software, whilst a developer will use those tools to build apps and code programmes. Your role as a software engineer or developer will mostly depend on whether you’re working backend, frontend or full-stack. Usually, tech companies look for graduates with full-stack skills.

Data Analyst

As a data analyst, you will be in charge of collection, cleaning, and analysing data to find answers to queries or solve issues. You might be asked to determine which age group the company should target next with their promotional campaign or why a specific demographic isn’t connecting with a product.

Typically, you should choose a data science optional model to improve your chances of finding a position in this field. It will also give you a better understanding of whether this is the right career for you.

UX Designer

If you’re interested in computer science but looking for something creative, a job as a UX designer could be right for you. UX design refers to anything to do with user experience. You’ll improve the interface of apps, the usability of the company website and the tools offered. This is a crucial role, since your work could be the difference between a successful new feature and a failed launch.

Cyber Security Analyst

As more and more companies move their businesses online, the role of cyber security is becoming more critical. As an analyst, your job will be to protect client information and company data from hackers. You’ll identify potential threats and develop strategies to deal with damage and data loss.

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