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« on: January 29, 2016, 08:51:05 PM »
Computer science careers

Choose a computer science degree, and you could be working at the forefront of the next greatest technological innovations. The increasing scope of computer science means you have the choice to work in a wide variety of highly specialized areas. With computer technologies playing an ever growing role in all aspects of modern life, you’re likely to find your computer science skills in high demand across many different industries although, unsurprisingly, most graduates go into roles within the computer industry. Popular computer science careers include:

IT consultant

Working in partnership with clients, an IT consultant provides advice on the planning, design, installation and usage of information technology systems to meet the client’s business objectives, overcome problems or improve the structure and efficiency of their IT systems. As you represent a broad role in IT, your job will be similar to that of systems analysts, systems designers and applications programmers, whose roles are more specialized but nonetheless work on a consultancy basis.

On a typical day, you will meet with clients to determine their requirements, plan timescales and resources with them, and spend time clarifying the client’s current system specifications, work practices and nature of their business. You’ll analyze their IT requirements, develop solutions, implement new systems (which may include designing and installing) and present the results in a written or oral report, answering feedback, and then helping clients with the subsequent changes and in organizing training for other users. You may also become involved in sales and business development, identifying potential clients and maintaining good business contacts.

Information systems manager Information systems manager

A similar role to an IT consultant, an information systems manager is usually a full-time member of staff, responsible for the secure and effective operation of computer systems within their company. You’ll be responsible (perhaps with the help of a team of IT staff) for the entire upkeep of the ICT infrastructure within your organization, with typical tasks involving the overseeing of installation of systems, ensuring systems are backed-up and that the back-up systems are operating effectively, purchasing hardware and software, setting up secure access for all users, including remote users, ensuring security of data from internal and external attack, and providing IT support and advice for users.

You’ll need to make sure the ICT facilities meet the needs of your company and are current, while remaining within a set budget, and within all relevant software licensing laws. You may also need an understanding of business and management principles in order to contribute to organizational policy regarding quality standards and strategic planning in relation to IT.

Database administrator

A database administrator (DBA) is responsible for accurately and securely using, developing and maintaining the performance, integrity and security of a computerized database. The specific role is always determined by the organization in question, but is likely to either mean being involved purely in database maintenance or specialized in database development. The role is also dependent on the type of database and processes and capabilities of the database management systems (DBMS) in use in your particular organization.

Typically, this role includes ensuring data remains consistent, is clearly defined, easily accessible, is secure and can be recovered in an emergency. You’ll also be required to troubleshoot should any problems arise, liaise with programmers, operational staff, IT project managers and technical staff, provide user training, support and feedback and write reports, documentation and operating manuals.

Multimedia programmer

A multimedia programmer is responsible for designing and creating multimedia computer products, making sure they are functional and maintaining fidelity to a designer’s specification. You’ll use creative as well as technical skills to develop multimedia features including text, sound, graphics, digital photography, 2D/3D modelling, animation and video. You’ll need to work with the designer to understand the design concept, discuss how it can be technically implemented, identify the operational rules necessary, write efficient computer code or script to make the features work, run tests of the product to test for bugs and rewrite or add new code if necessary.

You’ll also be available for technical support after the product is completed, and need to keep abreast of industry news and developments in order to suggest and implement improvements. You may work across platforms (such as the internet, interactive television, information kiosks, DVDS, computer games consoles and mobile phones) or remain specialized in one platform. Your role may overlap with similar IT roles such as web developer, games developer, systems developer or software engineer, or you may find yourself working in tandem with these professionals to achieve mutual goals.

More jobs with a computer science degree

Further jobs with a computer science degree include working in other areas of development (such as web, games, systems, products, programs and software), as an analyst (be it business continuity, systems or technical), as an administrator (of databases or networks) or in an academic or industrial research capacity, contributing to the ongoing development of computers and related technologies.

Computer science career opportunities are available in a huge variety of industry sectors and organizations, including: financial organizations, IT companies, management consultancy firms, software houses, communications companies, data warehouses, multinational companies (IT-related, financial services and others), governmental agencies, universities and hospitals. Other options include working as a technical author or trainer (explaining technical information to non-technical audiences), or going in to teaching, journalism, management or entrepreneurship.

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