Computer science degrees are associated with the area of applied sciences, and graduates are some of the most innovative professionals in the world. Students majoring in computer science must be creative, diligent, meticulous and intelligent because they must stay on the forefront of technology in order to create and expand upon the high-tech products and programs on today's market. Constantly evolving, these contributors apply the latest concepts to their projects, changing the world, and innovating technology.
Entry level $56,000 to $97,000 mid-career
A bachelor’s degree (including an associate’s degree) is required for entry-level work from a completion of between 120 and 128 credit hours depending on the university. Master’s degree and doctoral degrees are preferred for mid-level work entry.
Best Computer Science Programs
(According to U.S. News, 2009)
- University of California Berkeley
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- Cornell University
Main Courses of Study in College: Math, Science, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Web Development, Design
Recommended High School AP Classes
- Calculus AB or Calculus BC
- Computer Science A
- Physics B or Physics C
Careers Obtained with Computer Science Degrees
- Computer Development Researcher
- Computer Forensic Investigator
- Computer Programmer
- Director of Information Technology (IT)
- Software Designer
- Software Developer
- Web Developer
- Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo!
- Lawrence “Larry” Page, Co-Founder of Google Inc.
- Ray Ozzie, who succeeded Bill Gates as the current chief software architect at Microsoft and Creator of Lotus Notes
- Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google Inc.