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Career guide: computer scientists.

The field of computer science is rapidly expanding into some truly exciting areas, including artificial intelligence, robotics, intelligent systems, and human-computer interaction. It's a high-demand field that taps some of America's best and brightest for extraordinarily successful and rewarding careers. CS professionals are responsible for researching, designing, and developing programs for computers using mathematical algorithms. 

You won't need a lab coat and a pocket protector to become a computer scientist, but you'll have to have the right knowledge and skills. Typically, students who excelled in STEM classes in high school make ideal candidates to enter the field. As a computer scientist, you'll study and solve complex problems in computing for business, science, healthcare, and just about any other industry. To be successful, you'll need an industry-current understanding of programming and logic, architecture and systems, data structures, project management, and artificial intelligence, along with the theory and science of computing.

If you have strong critical thinking skills and an affinity for mathematical reasoning, you're an ideal candidate to consider a future in computer science—and it's a bright future at that! According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are almost 10 times more U.S. computing jobs open than there were students who graduated with computer science degrees in 2015. Get your credentials in order, and prepare for a career in a fast-paced industry that doesn't show any signs of slowing down!

 

Job listing growth 2016–2026.

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Career opportunities.

To say the field of computer science is wide open for those with the right knowledge, skills and certifications would be a colossal understatement. If you have a strong foundation in math and the desire to build a dynamic career, you can build a professional future with huge upside. 

Positions in the field.

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Artificial intelligence specialist
  • Network systems administrator
  • Computer network architect
  • Front-end developer
  • User experience (UX) designer
“WGU has had an immediate and profound impact on my life. Today I am an analyst at one of the largest healthcare companies in the country. None of this would have been possible without the education I received from WGU.” David Hall
B.S. Information Technology

Job market forecast.

The demand for career-ready computer scientists continues to grow. An ever-increasing (and interesting) range of fields needs top tech professionals with an industry-current education to fill thousands of positions worldwide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the market for computer and information research scientists will grow by 19% through 2026. As technology continues to evolve and expand, a corresponding demand for highly skilled professionals will fuel career opportunities, high salaries, and competition for top talent.

Job growth 2016–2026.

Work environment.

A degree in computer science can provide you with qualifications you need to work in any industry, so your workplace environment could be anything from a government office or software company to an academic institution or a high-tech startup. Regardless of where you're employed, you'll likely work on multidisciplinary projects on a team that may include electrical engineers, computer hardware engineers, and other specialists. 

Professional organizations.

There are many organizations that can help you prepare for a future in computer science. Check out these links to learn more about this exciting field and how advanced education and training can help you prepare for your next career move.

 

Job search resources.

Computer science professionals with the right certifications and a high-quality bachelor's degree are in demand everywhere. Find out what the market is like in your area, then set your sights on a high-tech, high-flying career!

 


Salary stats.

Companies in every industry are offering top salaries to CS professionals. In May 2017, the median annual wage for computer and information research scientists was $114,520, according to the BLS. Do the math. It pays to have superior IT skills, industry certifications, and a degree earned from a world-class technology curriculum. 

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Summary.

Here's all you need to know about the market for highly skilled computer science professionals: Between 2013 and 2015, national employer demand for bachelor’s-level CS professionals increased approximately 55%. The field continues to advance and evolve, creating a massive demand for qualified individuals who can research and develop programmatic solutions for business and industry. Whether you choose to set you sights on a high-tech office, corporate environment, or academic setting, WGU's B.S. in Computer Science can put you on solid ground for an extremely rewarding career.

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