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10 professions you can pursue with a Computer Science Degree

Blog | 07.15.2021

Technology plays a pivotal role in our everyday lives. Social media, website content, design elements and coding have really soared in student interest at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) and the demand for these jobs is growing at a faster pace than most. Because of this, SMWC’s computer science program is an exciting addition. With an emphasis on data analysis and pro-typing, real-life experiences to are offered to students in the program. With the list of majors and minors growing, the faculty and staff at SMWC are determined to ensure students of the numerous career paths they can take upon graduation. Here are eight careers you can pursue with a degree in computer science.

1. Database administrator

As a database administrator, it’s vital to make sure data is always available to those who need it. With technology advancing every day, you must have a flexible mindset and adapt. Having strong skills in critical thinking will only help you in this career. There will often be periods of trial and error, so it’s important to be patient.

Tasks can include:

  • Install software
  • Extract and load data
  • Recover past and present data when needed

2. Software engineer

Working on specific projects for a company will be a regular part of your routine. As a software engineer, you’ll want to always think outside the box. From crafting new testing models to understanding the data behind different content strategies, the world in this career is endless. You’ll work closely with clients and departments of your company, so communication is critical.

Tasks can include:

  • Develop software
  • Oversee projects and data development
  • Create solutions for technical problems that may occur

3. Systems analyst

Understanding how software should work — this will be your area of expertise. A systems analyst must think critically and efficiently. Communication is important in this career as you’ll constantly work with team members to achieve goals. Honesty and transparency is imperative in this career as you will often be looked at for software and data guidance to better the company. You will be sought for data information and opinions to produce robust and reliable software.

Tasks can include:

  • Validate changes by testing programs
  • Note changes needed to improve software
  • Identify system requirements and match to software

4. Network architect

As a network architect, you’ll analyze business requirements to develop technical work for projects. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work in this career, but it pays off once a goal is accomplished. Keeping up with successful strategies and content is crucial in this field.

Tasks can include:

  • Design communication systems
  • Analyze test strategies and methods
  • Oversee projects and team to ensure all requirements are followed

5. Web developer

Working with a team will always be involved in this career. Being a web developer requires high focus and strong communication skills. There may be times when information must be released immediately. This will allow you to display your efficient work ethic and time-management skills. You will have the best of both worlds — understanding consumer needs and understanding the backside of website construction and creation.

Tasks can include:

  • Back up files and links
  • Edit, design and write web content
  • Perform back-link processes for all content

6. Computer programmer

Many will come to you searching for technology help with a specific platform. As a computer programmer, you’ll display your organization skills through tasks management while also showing your strong communication skills in working with other departments. Given that computer programming involves a lot of complex terminologies, you want to make sure you effectively explain processes to others.

Tasks can include:

  • Coding and debugging
  • Manage web content analytics
  • Provide technical support when needed

7. Data analyst

Being a data analyst is a career that requires a high amount of focus. Details are important. While knowing the ins and outs of data analytics, you’ll also be able to display your expertise through communication and working efficiently. You’ll often be looked to for advice on ways to increase content engagement, so it’s important to keep up to date on trends and strategies.

Tasks can include:

  • Manage master data
  • Provide expert advice on data when needed
  • Create data reports for conferences and meetings

8. Artificial Intelligence

The world of artificial intelligence is far from small. From researching analytics to rebuilding websites from the bottom up, there’s a wide variety of careers within this field, such as work in physics and engineering. These areas can show your vast skills in technology.

Tasks can include:

  • Research data and statistics
  • Code website content
  • Understanding the data behind common strategies, successful campaigns and engagement of specific web content

9. Computer Support Specialist

A computer support specialist is important to an organization because they help both employees and customers work through some of their computer issues. These specialists get to know the ins and outs of a computer to know how to problem solve. They must have good communication skills and be patient.

Tasks can include:

  • Provide technical support to computer users
  • Maintain computer networks
  • Make minor repairs to software, hardware or other equipment

10. Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts keep an organization’s data and computer systems safe from hackers and cyberattacks. They need to keep updated on the new and various ways that cybercriminals are hacking into networks. 

Tasks can include:

  • Install protective software and watch for potential breaches
  • Respond to cyberattacks to mitigate damage
  • Educate computer users on the do’s and don’ts of responding to suspicious emails


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