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Careers in CSIS
The CSIS Department has several business partners that regularly hire our students. Students often get three or more job offers. We facilitate the relationship between students and businesses, by bringing business representatives to campus, finding internships and jobs that match individual student interest. At each career fair, we welcome our business partners with an IT breakfast prior to the career fair. Many of our students walk away from this event with an internship or full-time employment interviews.
What can you do with a degree in CS or IT? The answer is almost anything! Technology skills and computer proficiency are essential assets for workers in all industries. Even if the career you choose does not focus solely on CS or IT, the job will most likely require the use of computers and technology to accomplish tasks and process information.
CTop 10 reasons for majoring in a Computing field: (from ACM.org)
Computing is part of everything we do!
Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says “the computer made a mistake”, studying computing will provide you with valuable knowledge.
Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems.
Computing is a discipline that offers rewarding and challenging possibilities for a wide range of people regardless of their range of interests. Computing requires and develops capabilities in solving deep, multidimensional problems requiring imagination and sensitivity to a variety of concerns.
Computing enables you to make a positive difference in the world.
Computing drives innovation in the sciences (human genome project, AIDS vaccine research, environmental monitoring and protection just to mention a few), and also in engineering, business, entertainment and education. If you want to make a positive difference in the world, study computing.
Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.
Computing jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction. Computing is very often associated with innovation, and developments in computing tend to drive it. This, in turn, is the key to national competitiveness. The possibilities for future developments are expected to be even greater than they have been in the past.
Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.
There actually are more computing jobs than qualified people to fill them in the United States. U.S. IT employment was 17% higher in 2004 than in 1999. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computing has the greatest potential for new jobs through 2014. Yes, some IT jobs have gone overseas. If you consider the expected growth in computing, it’s easy to see that companies simply need more talent. Don’t miss out on pursuing the large number of open positions available right now, here in the United States.
Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.
Having a computing major will provide you with a foundation of knowledge, problem solving and logical thinking that will serve as a competitive advantage to you in your career, in whatever field you choose.
Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
Creating high-quality computing solutions is a highly creative activity, and computing supports creative work in many other fields. The best solutions in computing exhibit high levels of elegance and beauty.
Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.
Computing is often about being part of a team that requires people with many different kinds of skills. Yet there is also plenty of space for individual flair and imagination.
Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation.
An increasing number of universities and employers see successful completion of a computer science course as a sign of academic well-roundedness.
Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries.
Computing is one of those fields where it is almost impossible to predict what will happen next. This is why we cannot even begin to imagine all the ways that you can make a contribution to it and it can make your life’s work exciting and real.
Sample CS/IT-related job titles:
You can learn more by talking to one of the CSIS faculty members, or by visiting the following websites:
CS/IT jobs are hot!
Workers in most CS/IT related occupations are in demand—and, as a group, earned wages that were almost twice the national average of $40,690 in May 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 5 of the top 9 fastest growing occupations are IT-related, see the chart below. Also, both CS and CIS degrees are listed on JobWeb’s Class of 2009’s 10 Most Wanted List: Who’s Hiring
Fastest Growing Occupations,
Requiring Bachelor Degrees, 2006-2016
Employment % change, 2006–16
2006 median annual $
Network systems and data comm. analysts
Computer software engineers, applications
Personal financial advisors
Substance abuse & behavioral disorder counselors
Financial analysts (requires experience)
Forensic science technicians
Computer systems analysts
Computer software engineers, systems software
Other CS/IT professions:
Network & computer systems administrators
Multi-media artists and animators
Computer & IS managers (requires experience)
Computer support specialists (associate degree)
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics
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