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Computer Science - Why is the industry growing so fast?

Jennifer Li | July 14, 2021

 

As summer break starts, you bask yourself in the sunlight and have fun with your friends, ignoring the heavy reality that is slowly moving towards you - you’re getting closer to the day where you apply for university. The truth is, you have no idea what you want to major in, but what you do know is that almost everyone in your graduating class is applying for the same major, and that is “computer science.”

 

What exactly is computer science?

 

Computer science is the study of computer technology, and the field spans over several core areas: computer theory, hardware systems, software systems, and scientific computing. It is a very diverse field, and its required skills are relevant and in-demand in practically every industry in our tech-advancing world. From this, the field of computer science is divided into a wide range of disciplines, many of which include:

With so many available options, having a specific focus in mind while studying computer science is the best plan for any student hoping to pursue a future in the CS industry. Knowing how to study computer science and effectively planning which type of degree to receive will depend on how well you understand the discipline of computer science. Therefore, it is essential to note that you have to plan a specific computer science degree that will allow you to pursue the career you want.

 

Now that we know a bit of background on the field, why is it so popular?

 

Computer science is one of the most popular majors amongst students internationally. There are many reasons why computer science is so popular: the excellent job security due to the flourishing field, the exceptionally high starting salaries, and various job opportunities across many industries.

 

Computer science careers are expected to grow substantially in the next few years. There has been a buzz in the news about the profession of doctors being jeopardized as they may eventually be replaced with AI. While many may have to worry about their job security, those in CS-related careers don’t. As our world becomes increasingly technology-dependent, many companies from different industries will need more technology infrastructure to keep their businesses alive in the growing competitive market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS for short), tech jobs are expected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2025. With the growing digitization of our world, the job market for computer science will be strong for the years to come.

 

Computer science careers are also known for their high salaries. According to the BLS, in 2020, the median pay for computer programmers is $89,190, and for computer and information research scientists, the income is $126, 830. Of course, these wages are affected by the amount of experience one has and the location. Still, it’s a no-brainer that the salaries in CS fields are substantially more significant than others. 

 

Computer science jobs are applicable in many industries. It’s a common misconception that if you obtain a CS degree, you have to work within the tech industry - which is not valid. Software is a tool that is useful in almost any field. Having a computer science degree can allow you to work in many different industries, from logistics to finance. Therefore, if your CS job ends up being something you don’t enjoy - don’t fret because you will always have the opportunity to work in a completely different industry without earning a whole new degree!

 

 

So what?

 

Computer science isn’t a field where you have to conform to one subject for the rest of your life. It’s a flourishing industry with connections to various industries and sectors. Whether you want to pursue CS because you’re drawn in by the exceptional industry growth or simply because you want to earn money, a computer science degree will open doors to a vast field with many different opportunities.


 

 

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1 comment

Kaden Gulamani Aug. 1, 2021, 6:09 p.m.

Nice!

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