Computer/Information Science

Overview

The computer technology field is experiencing rapid growth.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer systems design and related services will grow by 39.5 percent by 2014, which is a faster rate of growth than other industries. The information sector, which comprises software publishing, internet publishing and telecommunication, is projected to have 212, 000 new jobs by 2016.  This is due to the increasing reliance of businesses on information technology and the importance of maintaining system and network security.  There are a number of job roles related to computer and information science degrees and as every sector requires technology to function, jobs can be found across a wide variety of industries, both public and private.

Job Titles

Animator Network Administrator
Computer Forensics Analysts Quality Assurance Engineer
Computer Game Developer Software Developer
Computer Scientist* Software Engineer
Computer Systems Manager* Systems Analyst
IT Consultant Web Designer
IT Security Analyst Computer Network Architect*

Positions that require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).

Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including Co-op and internships.

Employers

Software and Computer Companies Internet Service Providers
Banks and Consultancies Insurance Agencies
Healthcare Providers Educational Institutions
Federal and Local Government Computer Gaming Companies
Film and TV Production Companies Biotech Companies
Advertising Agencies

Internships

Internships in this field can be searched using the job titles listed earlier, specifying the level as ‘intern’.  Other more general internships can be searched under the titles computer science internship or information science internship.

To search for internship opportunities, log in to HuskyCareerLink, Career Services’ online job and internship bank for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.

Co-ops

For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.

Resources

The following resources include websites and various resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.

Career & Job Websites

Campus Organizations & Activities

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Professional Associations & Networking Opportunities

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.

Social Media/Linkedin Groups

Sample LinkedIn.com Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within the field: