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Top 3 Career Paths for Computer Science Majors

February 15th, 2017

Many people think computer science majors have a narrow field of options when it comes to career paths, but in reality, computer science majors can choose to go into a number of careers like business intelligence, network security, and development. Here are the top 3 career fields for computer science majors.

Software Applications Developer

In 2014, there were over one million jobs for software developers that paid an average of $100,690 a year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that software developer jobs will continue to grow by 17% through 2024. That is 10% higher than the national average.

As a software developer, you will likely work in a company to create, modify, or design software to fit user needs. As your project grows, you will continually work within a team to fix bugs and increase your application’s efficiency.

Computer Systems Analyst

Coming in at a median salary of $85,800, analysts do not gross as much as software application developers, but their job growth rate is more than double the national average. Computer systems analysts study and design information system solutions to increase efficiency within a company. The position is often called the merger of two worlds: business and IT.

Computer Network Engineers

As technology becomes more and more prevalent, network engineers have become extremely valuable to big companies and organizations. Jobs for network engineers are growing at 9% (higher than the national average) and pay an average of $100,240 a year. As a computer network engineer you could be working on anything from cloud infrastructure to connecting a company office building via an intranet network.