Why Computer Science?
Job growth in computing through 2010
Computing has become ubiquitous, impacting almost every aspect of modern life and playing an important role in many technological advances. Computing jobs are among the highest paid, and computing professionals generally report high job satisfaction. Graduates from our program have found employment with many different types of companies including technology, engineering, and financial companies.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that the number of computing jobs has been increasing steadily for the last decade.
Predictions for new jobs through 2018 also favor computing, and the number of students earning CS degrees is currently not keeping up with projected demand.
Job growth through 2018
Computing is one of the top 10 majors the lead to high salaries.
Want specifics for Mines students? View the Computer Science document from the Career Center to see who's hiring our CS majors, what types of jobs are available, and starting salaries.
But it's more than just jobs opportunities, it's also happiness. A survey of the top 100 jobs by Money magazine placed Software Architect in the number one position, with Database Administrator in seventh place. A Wall Street Journal article of the 10 Best Jobs of 2012 puts Software Engineer in the first spot, with Computer Systems Analyst as number four.
Making an Impact
One reason for job satisfaction is that Computer Scientists are involved in technology that's making an impact. A PBS show in 2009 listed the top 30 innovations of the last 30 years. Which ones involve Computer Science? Which involve Computer Science and Electrical Engineering?
- #30: Anti-Retroviral Treatment for AIDS
- #29: SRAM/Flash memory
- #28: Stents
- #27: ATMS
- #26: Bar Codes and Scanners
- #25: Biofuels
- #24: Genetically Modified Plants
- #23: RFID and Applications
- #22: Digital Photography/Videography
- #21: Graphical User Interface (GUI)
- #20: Social Networking via Internet
- #19: Large Scale Wind Turbines
- #18: Photovoltaic Solar Energy
- #17: Microfinance
- #16: Media file compression
- #15: E-Commerce
- #14: Global Positioning System (GPS)
- #13: Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs)
- #12: Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
- #11: Open Source Software
- #10: Non-Invasive Laser/Robotic Surgery
- #9: Office Software
- #8: Fiber Optics
- #7: Microprocessor
- #6: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- #5: DNA Sequencing & Human Genome Mapping
- #4: E-Mail
- #3: Mobile Phones
- #2: PC & Laptop Computers
- #1: The Internet
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