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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. 

Tracks

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

Programming
Systems Development

Network Technology
Database Administration
Internet
Education

Technical Support  

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees

Accountant   Numerical Analyst
Contract Administrator   Systems Engineer
Information Scientist   Compensation/Benefits Administrator
Research Analyst   Engineer
Actuary   Operations Research Analyst
Cost Estimator/Analyst   Systems Programmer
Inventory Control Specialist   Computer Consultant
Risk and Insurance Specialist   Engineering Lab Technician
Aerospace Engineer   Physicist
Cryptographer/Cryptologist   Teacher: Math/science/computers
Investment Banker   Computer Engineer
Risk Analyst   Environmental Technologist
Air Traffic Controller   Pollution Meterologist
Data Control Administrator   Technical Support Representative
Computer Facilities Manager   Robotics Programmer
Estate Planner   Applications Programmer
Production Manager   Data Processing Manager
Technical Writer   Market Research Analyst
Computer Installation and Test Specialist   Satellite Communications Specialist
External Auditor   Applied Science Technologist
Production Support Specialist   Database Manager
Transportation Planner   Mathematician
Computer Marketing/Sales Rep   Software Development Specialist
Financial Auditor   Artificial Intelligence Programmer
Psychometrician   Demographer
Treasury Management Specialist   Media Buyer
Computer Programmer   Software Engineer
Astronomer   Financial Consultant
Public Health Statistician   Econometrician
Underwriter   Meterologist
Computer Scientist   Software Support Specialist
Financial Manager   Investment Manager
Purchasing/Contract Agent   Economist
Urban Planner   Mortgage Researcher
Computer-aided Design Technician   Statistician
Hydro Geologist   Biometrician
Quality Assurance Analyst   Network Programmer
Consumer Loan/Credit Officer   Systems Analyst
Hydrologist   Commodity Manager
Rate Analyst   Employee Relations Specialist

 

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

Match This Major To Careers


Magnifying Glass And Exploration

Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com= Typical Entry Salaries

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

Salary Resources

Skills Needed For This Career

Abstract and Formal Reasoning   Programming language concepts
Knowledge of operating systems   Multi-tasking
Testing   Analyzing
Mathematical skills   Problem solving
Organizing/simplifying   Logical thinking
Detail oriented   Work independently and in teams
Advanced Quantitative Abilities   Statistical Analysis
Designing Systems   Written oral communication
Marketing concepts   Research
Classifying/Systemizing   Efficiency
Systematic   Critical Thinking
Java Script and Other Programming Language    







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.justtechjobs.com/ 

http://www.computercareerstips.com 

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

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools  

Link To UNF Academic 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