Computers affect every aspect of daily life. They have dramatically influenced progress in science, engineering, business, education, and many other fields. Commerce rides on the Internet; communication and decision making rely on computing systems and network infrastructures; entertainment devices are based on microchips and software technology. Computer science will continue to present challenging career opportunities, and play a crucial role in shaping the future of society.
A Growing Field
Current projections indicate that there will be growing market for well-trained information technology specialists into the future. Every industry--from manufacturing, to retail, to education, to rocket science--will continue to have an increasing need for credentialed computer scientists, system developers, networking specialists, and information technology managers:
ComputerWorld (March, 2012) notes that IT jobs will grow by 22% through 2020, saying, "expansion of [IT and] mobile networks will in turn increase demand for software developers, support technicians, and systems analysts."
In June (2011), the Gartner Group noted that IT spending will grow more than 7% this year to $3.7 trillion.
The Christian Science Monitor (November, 2011) notes that "computer science majors are among those in strong demand, with not enough graduates to fill all positions."
Even in today's challenged economy, the pay is good: in its March 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the U.S.. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the 2010 median pay for those with Bachelor's degrees in computer and information technology as ranging from $69,160 to $90,530.