Computer science skills valuable in all fields
May 17, 2013 11:05AM
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:30AM
I recently wrote a column recommending that all college students should consider adding classes in computer science as a part of your major field course selections.
I feel confident in saying that if you take these classes you will not be among the thousands of graduates facing unemployment or underemployment in what is becoming an increasingly technology-driven job market.
This is not to say that if you do not take computer science courses you are headed down a dead-end street. But spending $100,000 in tuition and fees on a state college diploma to get a $12-per-hour job is poor economics by any measure.
Experts predict that computing skills can be of value in a variety of careers, and that careers that combine computing with other areas of expertise can be the key to a successful start to your career.
Computer science is a hot field and the pressure on employers to find qualified computing science talent is intense. In the computer age you need to have the ability to write code or have an understanding of the basics of programming language at some level.
Information travels on code and the shortage of programmers is growing along with starting salaries that frequently range into the six figures.
Students must face this reality head-on. In the future all work will have transformed itself into some form of digital commerce. Unless you understand the fundamentals it is less likely you’ll find a place in the job market.
One CEO estimated that in the next decade American colleges will graduate 40,000 students with bachelor’s degrees in computer science, though the U.S. economy is slated to create 120,000 computing jobs that require such degrees. Demand for software developers will be the strongest.
This is a good time to be a computer science major because of the abundance and variety of jobs.
While there will be more jobs in the technology area the field is highly competitive. Employers expect graduates to be job-ready, so honing your skills as you complete your college studies will reap benefits in your job search.
Whether your career goals lie in health care, business or the arts, studying computer science can provide you with valuable skills that will help you on your career path and keep you marketable in today’s increasingly challenging job market.