Why Major in Computer Science?

Have you ever considered majoring in computer science?

The Mike Cottrell College of Business’ computer science program equips students with the tools necessary to be successful in their careers following graduation. Students pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science can work in a wide variety of industries according to their interests and are able to “solve real world societal problems across all walks of life,” Dr. Tamirat Abegaz, assistant professor of computer science, said.

Potential career opportunities for computer science students include those in software engineering, web programming, system administration, management, research and information security.

“The pathway provides students with critical problem solving and analytical skills necessary for all fields of business,” Abegaz said.

There is high demand for computer science workers in today’s world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects computing and information technology jobs will grow between 12-35 percent through 2022. In fact, there were 500,000 open computer positions and only 50,000 graduates to fill those in 2016.

The average starting salary for someone with a degree in computer science working as a software developer is between $59,000 and $60,000, with the possibility of earning up to $100,000 or more within five years.

Anna Blasingame, a senior computer science major, says she accidentally fell into the computer science program. Her favorite classes have been those where she was able to learn software engineering and build software systems.

“I realized I enjoyed how logical it was but also the creativity it required,” Blasingame said. “Most people do not realize that programming is highly creative.”

When encouraging students to consider this major, faculty and students want to correct the misunderstanding about the field.

“I would encourage them to not think of it as ‘nerdy’ but rather constructive. With programming, you end up building real things. Yes, you need some experience with abstract concepts like algorithms, but it is overall a very ‘hands on’ discipline,” Blasingame said.

UNG’s computer science program allows students to benefit from exceptional professors with real-world experience as well as smaller class sizes with more personal instruction.

“The professors know you by name and are constantly advocating for you and helping you,” Blasingame said. “I have had my professors help me several times with planning my next steps.”

Computer science students have the opportunity to join a variety of student organizations including the cybersecurity club ‘CyberHawks’ and UNG’s Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) chapter.

As technology continues to advance, the need for computer science majors in the workforce is only increasing, and job opportunities are available in a variety of fields and industries.

“With a few lines of code, you will be able to change the world around you,” Blasingame said.