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What do computer scientists do?

A computer scientist working at:

  • Google designs software tools enabling instant access to information and changes how people find and use information.
  • Eli Lilly develops software solutions for urgent health care needs to help people live longer and healthier.
  • NASA builds special purpose software systems enabling the use of new computational tools in the continuing exploration of the earth and the universe.

Computer scientists in demand 

Computer scientists' skills are highly sought after by every company. Students with internship experience have consistently higher salaries. More importantly, the earning potential for computer science graduates is high — higher than most other technical fields.

The U.S. workforce will add almost one million computer and information technology related jobs over the next eight years. There will be more jobs for computer science graduates than there are people to fill them. The new jobs in the U.S. seek creative people with strong problem-solving skills. The computer science jobs that make a difference in the world are not the jobs that will be outsourced.

You may visit the ACM Careers webpage to find out more about computing careers.

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