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Brandon Andersen

CSIS 1030 Summer 2017


Zahra Atashi
July 27, 2017

What can you do with a computer science degree?

Technology is now the way of life in the developed world. Computers have invaded every

aspect of our lives. From Amazon shopping to precise surgical procedures, even refrigerators

and fish tanks have network connectivity. The majority of people own and carry multiple

smart devices on a daily basis. It has transformed our culture for the better. Kids of today no

longer understand going to a library to research a specific topic, they simply use their smart

phone to google said topic. Who is responsible for all of these systems and the astonishing

progression of technology as it continues to develop today? Computer science graduates are!

By completing their degrees, computer science graduates have gained both technical and non-

technical skills that are highly sought after from companies of all sizes and industries.

Graduates have the ability to work in the financial sector with a company like Goldman

Sachs, or in the military with the United States Marine Corps, the healthcare industry with a

great company like Intermountain Healthcare, or in aerospace with Lockheed Martin, just to

name a few opportunities. Some graduates are lucky enough to work at big name companies

like Google, Cisco, and Microsoft or internet service providers such as Century Link or AT&T.

Other graduates decide to take the entrepreneur approach to utilizing their computer

science degrees. Many graduates start small businesses and are very successful. A few of those

small businesses or ideas explode into world changing ideas. Take Facebook for example. Mark
Zuckerberg was studying at Harvard when he developed Facebook in his dorm room in June of

2004. In a little over a decade, Facebook has consumed the world and changed its very culture.

The world is now more interconnected than ever. Facebook provides its users with the ability to

share life updates, photographs, and knowledge with not only their family and friends, but the

entire world. Facebook provides a platform for everyone to have a voice and share their

opinion, whether some people should share their opinions has yet to be determined.

Zuckerbergs little dorm room idea has now made him a net worth of 70.5 billion dollars

according to Forbes magazine.

The United States Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down the

computer science field into seven categories or sub fields. Software development, security,

systems analysis, database administration, support specialist, network and systems

administration and other cs-related jobs. With this, they have estimated that seventy-four

percent of the new science, technology, engineering, and math jobs through 2022 will be

computing, although approximately one third of that seventy-four percent will be software

development. The other fields break down into three percent security, fifteen percent systems

analysis, two percent database administration, fourteen percent support specialist, seven

percent network and systems administration and only one percent other cs-related jobs. This

shows us Information technology is continuing to grow and job security is very real. There are

lots of different ways to take your degree

IT consultants work with clients in the full life cycle of technology systems including

planning, design, installation, and operation. IT Consultants are a jack of all trades because of

the broadness of their role. They assist in sales and business development to determine or
identify potential clients or ways to grow the business. A large factor of being an IT consultant is

experience. You need to be able to be a subject matter expert and solve issues if you want to

maintain your clients.

A Database Administrator is responsible for the integrity of information stored in a

computerized database. Their sole quest in life is to ensure that information is accurately stored

in a secure manner. Database administrators work with programmers, operational and

technical staff on projects and during times of troubleshooting.

Cyber security might be the biggest concern of the modern age. As a person on a cyber

security team you will focus on understanding risk and mitigation. When security breaches

occur you will find root cause and determine the best course of action to eliminate that

particular risk. As part of your defensive strategy, you will go on the offensive testing your users

and clients by attempting ethical hacking and phishing attacks to gain access to confidential

data, sensitive areas and expose any weaknesses.

Network Engineers configure, install, and maintain all network devices including routers,

switches, load balancers, wireless controllers/access points, and microwave transmission gear

just to name a few. They are the real troubleshooters of all the computer science teams. The

network is what brings all technologies together and is always guilty until proven innocent. As a

network engineer, you must have copious amounts of knowledge on how other technologies

function and communicate including technologies such as telecom, clinical engineering, and

client field services in order to resolve their issues for them. When issues arise and production

systems are down, everyone will look to you to save the day!
You cant go wrong with a Computer Science and Information Systems degree. The

demand for Information Technology professionals continues to grow. It is a tough, yet

rewarding career because the field is ever changing as it continues to evolve to keep up with

the demand of business requirements.

References

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science-degree#survey-answer [Accessed 5 Aug. 2017].

3. Top Universities. (2017). What Can You Do With a Computer Science Degree?. [online]

Available at: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/what-can-

you-do-computer-science-degree [Accessed 5 Aug. 2017].

4. Biography.com. (2017). Mark Zuckerberg. [online] Available at:

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