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What can I do with a degree in computer science?

Computer scientists and engineers aren't just behind their keyboards typing away. They are in classrooms, offices, and out in the field across the world working on new and exciting developments in technology.

Computer science is one of the highest paying professions in the world. The average pay for software developers is over $90,000 per year, and the average pay for computer and information research scientists is over $100,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because of these lucrative average salaries, the return on investment of a computer science degree is generally substantial, but some computer science programs stand out from the rest.

Career options include:

  • Artificial Intelligence — Develop computers that simulate human learning and reasoning ability.
  • Computer Design and Engineering — Design new computer circuits, microchips, and other electronic components.
  • Computer Architecture — Design new computer instruction sets, and combine electronic or optical components to provide powerful but cost-effective computing.
  • Information Technology — Develop and manage information systems that support a business or organization.
  • Software Engineering — Develop methods for the production of software systems on time, within budget, and with few or no defects.
  • Computer Theory — Investigate the fundamental theories of how computers solve problems, and apply the results to other areas of computer science.
  • Operating Systems and Networks — Develop the basic software computers use to supervise themselves or to communicate with other computers.
  • Software Applications — Apply computing and technology to solving problems outside the computer field such as education or medicine, for example.

*Career info sampled from