What Can You Do With A Major In Computing?

There are many aspects in the field of computer and information sciences.  Some of these
include computer programmer, computer operator, computer engineer, computer graphics
specialist, computer service technician, and computer network manager.  The computer
programmer writes, tests and maintains the programs that the computer must accomplish
 in order to function properly; a computer operator manages the computer's hardware,
operating system and application software; a computer engineer researches, designs and
develops new computer hardware systems and secondary equipment; a computer graphics
specialist uses computer technologies to create and manipulate electronic imaging; a
computer service technician installs, services and repairs mainframe computers; and a
computer network manager is responsible for the planning, operation and management of a
local area network or a wide area network.  Most professions in the field of computer and
information sciences are in some type of office setting.



Computer Science – The curriculum incorporates course work ranging across the computing 

sciences, including computing theory and algorithms, computer hardware logic and architecture, 

systems software including both compilers and operating systems, data structures and 

object-oriented design, data modeling and simulation modeling, artificial intelligence, computer 

graphics, and networks.

Information Science - The Information Science program has computer course work requirements
identical to those of the Information Systems program. In contrast to the Information Systems
program, however, a student majoring in Information Science may select a minor other than
Business Administration. Depending upon the minor program chosen, graduates are
prepared to embark on careers in network applications, software development, systems
analysis and design, or other more specialized computer-related careers.
Information Systems - The curriculum has an interdisciplinary flavor in that a core
selection of Business Administration coursework is an integral part of the program.
The computing course work students take for this program is reflective of current
computing practices, whether legacy or state-of-art, as employed to implement
solutions to business problems. This includes coursework in applications
programming, data and file structures, object-oriented design, system design,
database design, systems implementation, systems maintenance, networks,
and computer communications. Graduates are prepared to embark on careers
ranging from software development specialists to information systems managers.
Information Technology - This track combines professional requirements with
general education requirements and electives to prepare all students for a career
in the information technology field, for further study in information technology,
for functioning in modern society, and for graduate work in Information Technology.
Students completing this program will be specialists ready to face high expectations of
organizations with respect to planning, implementation, configuration, and maintenance
 of a computing infrastructure.


Typical Career Paths

Systems Development


Network Technology
Database Administration

Technical Support  

Some Related Career Titles 

(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the 

related print resources in the Career Services Library).


Entry Level Jobs 

Applications Programmer

Computer Consultant


2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree  

Computer Engineer 

Graphics Designer 

Console Operator 


System Analyst 

System Engineer 


General Career Directions

  • Applications Programmer
  • Computer Consultant
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Graphics Designer
  • Console Operator
  • Data Control Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Mainframe Technician 
  • Operations Research Analyst 
  • Programmer 
  • Robotics Programmer 
  • Systems Administrator 
  • Systems Analyst 
  • Systems Engineer 




    Typical Employers/Work Settings  


    • Computer Industry
    • Educational Institutions
    • Financial Organizations
    • Government Agencies
    • Hardware Installation Agencies
    • Independent Consultant
    • Information Technology Industries
    • Large/Small Corporations 
      • Law Firms 
      • Medical Agencies 
      • Non-profit Organizations 
      • Self Employment 
      • Telecommunications Industry 
      • Transportation/Logistics Industry
      • Software Developers
      • Consulting Firms
      • Colleges and Universities
      • Retail Stores



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    Beginning Salary Range 

    Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $52,000-  From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

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    Links To Professional Associations 

    Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
    Association for Computing Machinery 
    Association of Information Technology Professionals 
    IEEE Computer Society
    Network Professional Association  



    Job Search Information 

    National Organizations or Databases 

    http://www.odinjobs.com- specializes in IT, tech, and programming


    http://www.computerscienceonline.org/  -In-dept info that includes career paths, internships and scholarship listings, a salary comparison tool, example coursework and school search tools. 




    Graduate Schools 

    Local Programs - Master of Computer Science and other related programs
    University of North Florida 
    Florida A&M 
    Florida Atlantic University  
    Florida State University 
    University of Central Florida 
    University of Florida
    University of Miami 
    University of South Florida 
    Technology Education Site:  



    Other resources for graduate program research 




    Link To UNF Program 

    The  College of Computing, Engineering and Construction  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in  Computer and Information Sciences.  



    Career Action Plan

    • Math is an important foundation for computing- look for Math as a minor or second major
    • Conduct an informational interview or shadow a professional in the field
    • Join a professional association for this field
    • Gain leadership experience by participating in on-campus clubs/groups or activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Presidential Envoy, Fraternity/Sorority, Student Government, etc. )
    • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior years to gain experience
    • Take every opportunity to work with computers to develop your skills