One of the most frequent questions I get from my students is why should I study or major in computer science? The Internet has exploded in the last 15 years and with it, so has the use of computers and computing related devices to get online. The Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, has often published tips and cues amplifying the argument that computer science and other computer related fields hold the greatest promise to our future.
In an earlier blog post, entitled “Basics of Programming Languages”, I made a statement that everything from your favorite social media site, television, microwave oven, smartphone, etc (the list is long) are made possible/operational by a source code. This statement alone illustrates the need for all 21st century students to understand – if not know how – to code. Don’t worry though, because computing is already part of you whether you know it or not. Now you might just as well get credit for it.
You are Most Likely Already a Computer Scientist
When you woke up this morning and checked your social media page, checked your grades, emailed a friend, submitted an online assignment or sent out a tweet, you participated in the daily routine of a computer scientist. In other words, you used a computing device to perform a code, so computing is already part of you whether you know/like it or not.
A Challenging and Rewarding Career
The thrill you get from completing a serious challenge is a feat wished by many, but experienced by few. Computer science offers that opportunity to not only challenge yourself, but feel a great sense of accomplishment after every successful coding session. In a world full of problems, becoming a problem solver is a pretty safe bet.
A Fulfilling Career
Students often choose their majors based on variety of reasons – including the career outlook in terms of monetary gain and mental well-being. Computer science offers both. According to ACM, computing jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction. Moreover, in the United States, there are more programming jobs than there are available programmers. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer programmers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2012 to 2022.
The future outlook, in terms of sustainability and relevance for computer science professionals is very positive compared to any other broad field. With a 6.1 percent increase in average salary from 2013 to 2014, computer science graduates will enjoy a 17 percent higher employment rate than their peers in other fields.The Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in an effort to equip its graduates with the tools necessary to succeed in the real world, offers three of today’s widely used high level languages (C++, C# and Java). We invite you to visit our department and if you’re interested in pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering, come by for a visit.