Are you computer savvy? If so, you may want to look into studying computer information science. Computer information studies can lead to all kinds of career opportunities, so keep reading if this sounds like it might be for you.
Computer information science involves the development and analysis of the most efficient methods to organize and transfer data. Studies in computer information science can lead to many different career paths such as computer programmer, database administrator and information technology director. Computer programmers write the code in a piece of software that tells the computer what to do. Database administrators determine the best methods for organizations to manipulate and organize data. You can also become a computer information manager with enough experience and education. You usually work in an office setting in most computer information occupations. Skills in written and oral communication, mathematics and problem-solving are all useful to workers in computer information science.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall job prospects for workers in computer information science are favorable from 2008-2018 (www.bls.gov). Not every occupation in computer information science was expected to grow; computer programmers are projected to see a three percent drop in job opportunities between 2008 and 2018. However, many other occupations, including software engineers, network administrators and information systems managers, are expected to see a faster-to-much faster than average job growth as the decade progresses. It should also be noted that computer information science workers tend to have high earning potential. In 2010, the BLS reported that computer programmers earned a median annual income of $71,380 and information system managers earned $115,780. The highest paid programmers and information managers were generally found in the software publishing industry.
The amount of education and training you need to work in computer information science depends on the occupation you wish to pursue. An associate's degree and related work experience may be sufficient for some occupations in computer systems administration and computer programming. Most computer information employers desire applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree and have a computer certification relevant to the job. There are several different certification options tailored for the specific area of computer information science you work in. You need at least a bachelor's degree for information systems management positions but you might have more job opportunities with a master's degree.
A bachelor's degree program in computer information sciences gives you the opportunity to take courses in programming design, algorithms, computational models, system management and computer networks. Many employers who use business applications prefer applicants who have taken business courses in addition to computer science courses. Most schools will tailor your degree program to fit your career goals and many offer business courses such as financial management and economic principles to go along with your computer information degree. A master's degree in information systems can help you understand computers and business. Possible courses in a program like this may include database systems, designing web-based systems and global business. Master's programs can prepare you to lead the development of a project or continue your education at the doctoral level.