8 Great Careers/ Jobs for a Computer Science Major

 You are about to graduate with a degree in computer science. You thought that this was a good decision because you are fascinated by computer programs and really enjoyed learning about how to design them. However, as graduation nears, you are starting to wonder what you can possibly do for a job now that you’re going to be done with college. The job market for people with computer science majors is competitive but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have options. In fact, there are a lot of different career paths that someone could take after graduating with a degree in computer science.

Here is a look at eight different jobs that you might get after you’ve completed a computer science major in college:

1. Software Designer for a Tech Company. One of the most common jobs that people get after graduating with a computer science degree is a software design and development job within any tech company that happens to be hiring. People work in this position at the entry level, usually participating as part of a team in the development of new software. This software may relate to any aspect of technology. Hot areas including mobile Internet software and issues related to computer security.

2. Start-up Company Partner. Some people like the idea of doing software development and design but they don’t actually want to be stuck doing this within the confines of someone else’s business. It is common these days for students to come together during their course work in the computer science program and to decide to launch a start-up business together after graduation. A good path for these people to follow is to go ahead and enter a graduate program in computer science while beginning to launch your new business.

3. Research Positions Related to Computer Development. People who don’t necessarily want to work hands-on in developing software but who do have an interest in being on the cutting edge of the interest may find that they enjoy assisting in technological research projects that relate to how computers will be used in the future. Entry-level positions for a computer science major may be limited in this area but it’s possible to find them if you get in with the right company.

4. Various IT Positions. Many computer science majors opt to get entry level positions within the Information Technology field. They do a combination of software design, software implementation and computer technology development. Basically anything related to analyzing a business in terms of its computer organization and working to improve the organization of the business so that it operates more smoothly would fall into the category of IT work. There are both general and specific jobs within the IT field that can be obtained with a basic degree in computer science.

5. Office Admin / Customer Service/ Troubleshooter. Some computer science majors opt to take general office positions within both computer and non-computer-related businesses and then serve as the main person who troubleshoots when problems arise with the computer system. They may also act as a liaison in a customer service position, assisting a company’s clients in dealing with computer problems. This allows computer science majors to work in different types of businesses but still do the type of work that their education has taught them to do best.

6. Freelance Computer Programming. People with a degree in computer science are typically skilled enough at basic computer programming that they can help develop programs for a diverse range of different types of businesses. It is possible to do this work freelance if you are interested in working from home on your own schedule although you have to be highly self-motivated to do so.

7. Writing / Blogging about the Industry. Those few lucky people who are skilled not only at the math behind computer science but also at using words to explain technology to others may find that they can use their education to serve as experts in the computer industry. They may start a blog or write articles for large magazines related to the issues that are of importance to people in the computer science field.

8. Teaching. Some people may choose to take a different type of career path and use their education as a stepping stone for a career in child education. People interested in sharing their technological skills with students in the K-12 grades may find that a computer science background serves them well in getting this best computer education positions in those schools.

These are some of the most common general jobs that you can pursue once you have a basic college degree in computer science. Because this is such a competitive field, it is a wise idea to go on to get an advanced degree in this industry. People who get specialized degrees in the specific niche areas of computer technology that interest them most are capable of going on to get better, higher-paying and more interesting jobs in areas including artificial intelligence studies, technology business development and even the legal issues related to computer technology.

However, there are plenty of people who graduate with a basic college degree in computer science and do fine for themselves in standard computer careers that do not require an advanced degree. Combining a steady job at a technology firm with work in blogging, teaching or start-up endeavors can help to keep this type of work interesting even without going on to get a Masters Degree or PhD in Computer Science or another computer-related field.

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Johnramira 7 years ago from Asia

I'm not a computer science but I also like this course and the tips are terrific.


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

great hub for cumputer techie....well its really good money for computer professional.most of the people in initials prefer to do job and freelance...both ...it works better.


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Saurabh G 7 years ago from Nagpur

I am a BE in Computer Technology and looking out for a good Job. Thanks for your Hub.


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

I have an MS in CS and I do almost all of these jobs. Well done.


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Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

being an software engineer .....

I think of working as a

7. Writing / Blogging about the Industry. and 8....


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japzlloyd 7 years ago

I'm an Information Technology student and 2years hence i'll be lookin' for a job that will suite me best.. Thanks for your hub, i got an idea!


rahulchauhan 6 years ago

Very informative article, keep it updated.


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Patrick Brian 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Good information. I've been in the information technology field for about 16 years, mainly working for systems integrators and technical consulting companies. Companies like ours are often looking for recent graduates to come on board as consultants where they participate in designing solutions as well as implementing hardware and software. The consultants are mentored by more senior members and are exposed to all different types of organizations and businesses. It's a great way to learn about the various positions out there and figure out what you really enjoy.


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gramsmith 6 years ago

You gave very nice and helpful tips.This article really helpful for those People who graduate with a basic college degree in computer science like B.Tech,BCA,B.I.T etc....


Car Donations 6 years ago

The IT field is a great field to be in. It is going to be the job of the future. With technology becoming a part of our lives more and more each day, it will be a great field to be in.


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penningl 6 years ago from U.S.

Great Hub, just finished my Junior year in CS. Will be bookmarking and following. Thanks for the info.


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xnotion 6 years ago

This is great information, thank you for sharing!


ravi 6 years ago

nice article. wil have a great deal of information about CS. keep updated


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henrykasan 6 years ago from UK

Informative Hub!!!!

The ideas and concepts elaborated into the hub are immensely useful for the students and professionals who are concerned with the field of computer science. The eight different categories such as Software Designer for a Tech Company,Start-up Company Partner,Research Positions Related to Computer Development,Various IT Positions,Office Admin / Customer Service/ Troubleshooter,Freelance Computer Programming,Writing / Blogging about the Industry and Teaching is immensely fruitful for young job aspirants. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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shoppingqueen 6 years ago

I love being in the IT field. I would eventually like to get into teaching.


Shwany 6 years ago

Don't forget Philosopher, Lawyer, and Politician... If only CS majors ran the government :)


Shihab 6 years ago

I'm a computer engineering Student and i'm about to graduate after 4 or 5 months, i guess i'll be taking writing about the industry or doing things in a different way of computing as my profession,also I'm interested to various IT positions as a decent way of income & i'm confident to open up my own company when suitable time arrives, so this positions are not fixed, people can change from one to another.


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save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

Thanks for sharing this nice career tips. They are really very useful for the students who are undergoing computer science course. There is very high scope for well trained and through knowledge students.


HELLO 5 years ago

I'M A STUDENT IN COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJOR. I HAVE ONE YEAR LEFT TO FINISH AND I DIDN'T HAVE ANY CLUES OF THE JOBS I COULD GET. THIS ARTICLE JUST GAVE A BUNCH OF IDEAS....THANK YOU VERY....THAT WAS SO HELPFUL


PC 5 years ago

This article is really useful for those who graduate with a degree in computer science base. thank you for sharing.


nbbatt.com 5 years ago from bear, de, 19701

Thanks for your information really the tips regarding the jobs after graduation are really good and you provided the information very clearly that anybody can understand please do more these kind of hubs regularly.


damienwoodford 5 years ago

I have been thinking of taking a Computer Science course i'm loving the ideas above thank you very much. Does anyone think i should do a Computer Science course or Computer Forensics i'm still unsure which one to do


kalkidan Ferede 5 years ago

Nice article, I worked with my bsc for three years, am now continuing my education with msc in computer engineering. and I was thinking to work and study at the same time, I think Freelance Computer Programming is good for me, thanks


majid ceradasdad 5 years ago

Wow I used to work for OR Docs that were making over a million dollars a year. I know web guys that say they have had a bad year when they make 100,000 these days.


Bubble Shooter 5 years ago

Thanks for your kind information.. I realy enjoy it.. keep it up.


Manga 5 years ago

After reading your blog. I am realy enjoy so much..... THanks for sharing your's knowldge.


nbbatt.com 5 years ago from bear, de, 19701

Hi Kathryn Vercillo,

You have opened my mind, I realize that world is wide. and Chance to success in any kind of professions is available. never hopeless forever. Thank a lot.


ramzanhdsfdgh 5 years ago

Thank you for this hub. Well appreciated, really.


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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Awesome hub. I'm not a CS major as I'm not in school but I am learning to program. It's good to know what kind of careers there are out there for someone like me.


Bird is the Word 5 years ago

While taking classes I opted to help others as a career path. this give experience an I earn as I learn more. Great post!


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dpatullo741 5 years ago from UK

Fantastic article. I feel students with tech stream will get great benefit.

Thanks buddy


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znutter 5 years ago from Bend Oregon

I like the idea of creating a start-up business, these days you have to create your own job security


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mecheshier 5 years ago

Nice article, very insightful and informative. I bet you are a computer science major/graduate with a writing back; like myself. :-)

Thank You!!!


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fazirana 5 years ago

Very good man..I am a computer science major.Feel good to know that world got place for us.


Ravi 5 years ago

Do PHD for very good opportunities


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wpexplorer 5 years ago from USA

In my opinion Freelance is the best - making apps is fun :)


Donna 5 years ago

These are great job options for Computer Science graduates. Many students make the mistake of thinking that computer science is all about programming. But this is far from the truth. Computer Science actually focuses on training students in the theory behind computing. They are required to apply their knowledge to solve computer related problems, design complex algorithms, etc. Programming is just one of the things that you learn as part of your degree program. So, even if programming is not your forte, it doesn’t mean the doors are shut to a CS degree. Interested in making a career in this field? Then explore the in-depth and well-structured Computer Science degree at CollegeAmerica.


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Dreatech 5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Great one there, am looking for to be in the position whn i wil choose whr 2 work


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FJALLBACKA 5 years ago from Fjallbacka Sweden

hi Kathryn,

I felt ripped off by my degree, in the sense that I was being followed on my grades. They were putting about 6 others for every other pass I got. Now if I apply for a job I'm attacked like an anti-body. I blame this govt I'm going to vote for the right next time.....


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DJArifrocks 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Have learned a lot of thing from this hub... thanks


jekuh 5 years ago

I Know have a clue about CS professions

Thanks a lot


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greencap 5 years ago from Pakistan

Free lancing approach is a good one for the ones who can't find a job right after completing their graduation (and even during their studies program).

Then i would like to start my own business, as i think there's still extreme potential in the IT/Programming fields.


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peterhark69 5 years ago from Canada

Really true and only a very few number of people can get the best and dream job as a computer science graduate.

Thanks for sharing.


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Web World Watcher 5 years ago

Great hub. i tend to see more and more people looking for ways to break into the it world but not exactly sure where to start. thanks for this


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KyleBear 5 years ago

Woah, never knew I could be so many things :)

Thanks for this


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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

Undergrad in CS I'm realizing the decision making has just begun. Currently I'm debating between hardware, software or strictly web. What is the most popular direction right now it seems like anything dealing with a could right now is a good choice.


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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

Seems like this field is extremely volatile now a days. Even though IT can create greater efficiency it is still seen as an expense. I have seen people that go out on there own achieve great success. These graduates have special skill sets and can accomplish computer related tasks that an average person would not be able to. Special skills always equates to more $$. Good luck graduates. Great hub and excellent advise.


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Kate H 5 years ago from Upstate New York

As a computer science major, I was pleased to see this hub. I'm thinking about starting out working freelance and blogging for awhile. I would love to work from home. This was a very informative hub and I've learned about some possible career paths I hadn't thought about. Thanks!


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maxravi 5 years ago from India

Thanks for your hubs. nice one.. but I tell you what I am a comp grads and its been 5 years since I am working for a IT company.

I got little bore with this job and looking to start my own restaurant.


DPS Bhatti 5 years ago

thanx knowledgeable hub

I have done master in computer science.i have came from india this year .i am looking job.

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Steve 5 years ago

I am currently pressuring my degree in computer science thanks for the information.


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zi.ripon 5 years ago from Dhaka,Bangladesh

nice information


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great post ..nice


Mickey™ 4 years ago

I am actualli nt yet a Cs student....bt I knw hw to hack n use any PC lyk a toy....with this idea ...Now I knw 'm surely goin to apply for BSc CmS ryt away...Tnx a lot AuthOr :)


Arvin 4 years ago

nice jobs, but I don't know if I can.


Sandy 4 years ago

I would like make a new software.


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Francis Alianda 4 years ago

I'm a high school leaver and i'm interested in computer science.Thanks for your hub.


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fostintowers 4 years ago

one of the best hubs I've read.


shilpa 4 years ago

good articl for inspiring students in selection of bride future


jim 4 years ago

I'm in business and am looking for a computer programming graduates to right an accounting program for the Australian market


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Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

Fab hub - very helpful and informative - thanks for the advice.


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Editorial Nation 4 years ago

I am also a computer science major Yeah we rock! Nicely done hub very interesting Its nice to see a little something different on here. A lot of people don't realize how in demand this area of science is. Great opportunities abound! I have a web site that just lists work at home jobs! Check it out if you get a chance! www.editorialnation.com

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Freelancing is a great way, and so easy to find clients on mamy various freelance sites. Really enjoyed the article.


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