What Can I Do With a Major In Computer Science?
UGA Specific Information for Computer Science
Computer Science deals with the logical and mathematical foundations of computing and how to implement problem solutions as programs in a computer language. The computer science curriculum covers the design principles of key computing technologies such as hardware, operating systems, database systems, networks, graphics, and artificial intelligence.This major prepares its graduates to provide technical support for computer operations and to develop new computer hardware and software systems. With this major, students can look forward to working with major computer manufacturers, software development corporations, the communications industry, and consulting firms.
Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Computer Science*
** Includes Self-Employed
- Connect with Kenyetta Nesbitt, your Career Consultant - click here to find information on scheduling an appointment and satellite drop-in hours
- Computer Science Academic Advisors - Annemarie Hitchcock and Christina Rowland
- Department of Computer Science
CAMPUS STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) • Minorities in Tech (MIT) • Girls.Code() • Women in Tech (WIT) • Society for Management Information Systems (SMIS) • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineerings (IEEE) • Classic Hackers UGA Linux Users' Group • UGAHacks • Deep Learning @ UGA (DeLUG)
- Find additional clubs and organizations at the Involvement Network
- Free technical training - access LinkedIn Learning through myUGA
- Github - online portfolio platform. Cannot post code from courses on a public site - must create a private repository
- Hackerrank.com, Pramp.com, & Interviewing.io - free coding interview practice
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
Potential Career Paths in Computer Science
- Application Analyst - As an application analyst you'll combine the maintenance of IT services with working face-to-face users who need your technical support. Application analysts administrate, monitor, and maintain software infrastructures and applications.
- Computer Programmer - Computer programmers write the code that allows all computer applications to run. They are responsible for the millions of lines of code it takes to run everything from our phones to satellites to EKG machines.
- Computer Support Specialist - Support specialists analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.
- Data Scientist- Utilize a combination of analytic, machine learning, data mining, coding, and statistical skills to explain the significance and understanding of large amounts of data.
- Database Administrator - Database administrators oversee an organization's information, and walk the fine line between optimizing data accessibility for the firm and defending digital property from hackers. Generally speaking, they protect existing databases by backing them up and developing airtight internal security measures.
- Hardware Engineer - Computer hardware engineers design, implement, and test the hardware and systems that optimize a computer's performance. Through their vision and work, they influence the direction of computer technology development.
- IT Architect - IT architects are highly skilled developers who envision, design, and provide the foundation for new and improved information management and communication networks. They lead teams and work with designers and developers to create organizational systems that make information retrieval and use simple.
- IT Consultant- Consultants work with a variety of clients and advise them on how to best use information technology to meet their business objectives and overcome obstacles. Consultants meet with clients, define project scopes, travel to customer sites, analyze IT requirements, and develop solutions to problems. Additionally, consultants help with the implementation of new systems in a business.
- Machine Learning Engineer (Artificial Intelligence)- is a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building. A branch of AI, it is based on the idea that systems can learn from code and data, identify patterns, and make decisions with minimal human intervention.
- Network Administrator - Network administrators act as the chief operating officers of computer networks. They play a pivotal role within companies and organizations, handling day-to-day operations while monitoring both local area networks and wide area networks and their related equipment.
- Security Analyst - Security analysts protect an organization's computer network from cyber threats and security breaches through defense planning and incident response.
- Software Developer - Software developers create and maintain computer programs. They are the creative masterminds that give us systems to run devices and computer-related tasks. Software developers specialize in either applications or systems software.
- Systems Analyst - Systems analysts evaluate an organization's computer systems and processes to help clients operate their businesses more efficiently. Most analysts conduct in-depth system testing, research emerging technologies, and prepare cost analysis reports for clients.
- Systems Architect - Systems architects design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns.
- Systems Manager - Computer and information systems managers oversee and coordinate an organization's IT operations. Depending on the organization and the individual's specific title, a system manager's duties may range from running a single IT department to overseeing all decision pertaining to a company's use of technology.
- Web Developer - Web developers design and code the websites we use every day. They are responsible for a site's visual presentation, interactive features, capacity, and backend structure.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Answered by your Career Consultant, Kenyetta Nesbitt
When should I start looking for jobs? The tech industry has two main recruitment seasons- September/October and January/February. May graduates are encouraged to recuit during both seasons. To support your search, the UGA Career Center hosts the Engineering & Computer Science fairs in September and January every year. To see the specific dates, look on Handshake.
What skills should I emphasize with employers? Your technical skills are valuable, but don't forget about your soft skills! Remember that programming languages can be taught, but it's much harder to teach someone skills like communication, work ethic, and leadership. Look at page 26 in the Career Guide to see a list of skills employers and graduate schools value.
What should a computer science resume look like? A computer science resume typically follows a standard resume formatting. To see a good example, check out the UGA Career Center resume samples.
What are cover letters? Why do I need to write them? A cover letter is a business letter written to the employer that explains why you are qualified and a good fit for their open position. It accompanies your resume when you apply for a job. While your resume is an overview of your experiences, a cover letter directly address how those experiences have qualified you for the role. The cover letter “builds the bridge” between your resume and the position description so that there is no miscommunication regarding your qualifications. For example, “My experience in ____ and ___ have directly prepared me for this role.” Good cover letters are tailored to the job you are applying to. Even if a cover leter is not required for a role, submitting one demonstrates your initiative and excitement about the role. To see an example cover letter, check out page 36-37 in the Career Guide.
Are internships important? Internships are great tools to help you achieve your goals for full-time employment. Computer Science students typically complete an internship the summer before their final year, but you are welcome to search for an internship earlier if you would like. While they are excellent tools, they are not prerequisites for the workforce. You can demonstrate your skills and experiences through other mediums, like class and/or independent projects, part-time jobs, student leadership, and more.
How can I meet with my career consultant for a one-on-one appointment? You can schedule an appointment with your career consultant by calling 706-254-3375 or logging in to Handshake. On Handshake, click on "Career Center" and then "Appointments."
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Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET - The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with over 900 occupations (Login using your 810/811)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations
- Career Insider: Vault Guides - Vault is one of the world’s leading sources of Career Intelligence. It can help make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects significantly easier and more efficient. Whether you are just exploring possible career paths or you are ready for your interview, Career Insider can help! (Login using your 810/811)
- Candid Career - Whether you are just beginning to explore career options, preparing for a job interview, or looking to change careers, CandidCareer.com can help by providing you with access to thousands of informational video interviews with real professionals through an easy to use website. We can all learn from the experiences of others and the Career Center makes this valuable resource available to UGA students so they may be informed and ready for what lies ahead. (Login using your 810/811)
- Interstride- View jobs/internship in other countries and country career guides
- UGA Mentor Program- Networking with your Bulldog family can help you get ahead in life and career, but where do you even start? The UGA Mentor Program narrows down the world of possibilities to meaningful connections. The program connects students to alumni mentors for personal and professional development
- Glassdoor - Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies. What sets us apart is our "employee generated content" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves. Now with nearly 3 million salaries and reviews, you have all the information you might need to make your next career decision
- Big Interview - Online practice interview platform. Practice basic interview questions or questions based on your industry interests or competencies! Also provides practice interview questions for graduate/professional schools. Just sign-up using your uga email address!
- Career Cornerstone Center - Career planning resources for STEM field
- Handshake - Login with your UGA myID and password to view thousands of jobs/internships from employers looking for UGA students
- LinkedIn - Network with professionals and view job openings
- Interstride - Job/internship openings in countries abroad as well as country career guides providing information about finding employment in other countries
- Specialized - Check out Idealist for jobs in the Nonprofit sector and USAJobs for opportunities in the federal government
MAJOR/CAREER SPECIFIC, OPEN TO ALL:
- General - Computer Jobs • Dice • IT Job Pro • Tech Careers • IEEE • Association for Computing Machinery
- Atlanta-based Startup - Hypepotamus • Atlanta Tech Village • Atlanta Startup Jobs • Angel List
- Gaming - Game Development • GameRecruiter
- Faculty/Research - Computing Research Association • Association for Computing Machinery
- Data - iCrunchData
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS - Association for Computing Machinery • Association for Information Systems • Association for Women in Computing • Computing Research Association • Information Systems Security Association • Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals • International Game Developers Association • Internet Society • Mass Technology Leadership Council • Software & Information Industry Association • Storage Networking Industry Association
NEWS - AC Online • Computer Science Online • Computerworld • E-Commerce Times • Entertainment Software Association • Government Computer News • InformationWeek • Internet News • IT World • PC Magazine
LINKEDIN GROUPS - Join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your career interests. To search, select "groups" & type in your keywords. Review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined & consider joining those as well. To login, visit the LinkedIn main page.
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Accenture||Security Consulting Analyst||Acuity Brands||Leadership Program Member||ADP||Associate Application Developer, Associate Developer, Software Developer||Align||Penetration Tester||Allstate Insurance||Software Developer||Amazon||Software Development Engineer, Systems Engineer||Anthem, Inc.||Software Engineer||Apiro||Data Scientist||ARRIS||Software Engineer||AT&T||Professional Data Scientist, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Technology Development Engineer I, Technology Development Programmer||Best Buy||Geek Squad Consultation Agent||BlackRock||Analyst||Blue Cross Blue Shield||Applications Developer||Capgemini||Programming Consultant||Capital One||Software Engineer||Chick-fil-A||Quality Engineer||Cisco||Associate Sales Engineer, Associate Systems Engineer||Club SciKidz||Technology Counselor||Compass||Software Engineer||Cosmic Delivery||Owner||Credera||Technical Consultant||Daugherty Business Solutions||Associate Consultant, Software Engineer Consultant||Deloitte||Business Technology Analyst||Delta Air Lines||Associate Developer||Deposco||Java Engineer||Emory Healthcare||Technical Application Specialist||Entercom||Junior QA Engineer||Epic||Software Developer||Ernst & Young||Tech Consultant, Technology Consultant||Esri||Product Engineer||Experient Group||Junior Developer||FICO||Software Quality Engineer||Fidelity Investments||Software Engineer||Fiserv||Software Development Intern, Software Engineer||Gallup||UX Designer||General Atomics Aeronautical Systems||Software Developer||General Motors||Software Developer||Generation Orbit||Software Engineer||Georgia Overland||Driver||Cloud Technical Resident, Software Engineer||Grahl Construction||Project Engineer||Havertys||Software Developer, Software Engineer||Hexagon Geospatial||Software Analyst||Honeywell||Cybersecurity Architect and Engineer, Software Engineer||IBM||Consultant, Software Engineer||Infosys||Associate, Software Developer||Itineris||Analyst Developer||J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.||Associate Software Engineer||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||Software Engineer||Kapsch||Software Development Engineer, Software Engineer||Kenyon College||Systems Analyst||KNAPP Logistics Automation, Inc.||Software Systems Engineer||KPMG||Advisory Cybersecurity Associate||Leidos||Systems Engineer||LexisNexis Risk Solutions||Software Engineer, Software Engineer I||Lockheed Martin||Software Engineer||M3||QA Intern||Mailchimp||Junior Data Scientist||Manhattan Associates||Software Analyst, Software Engineer||Matcha||Software Engineer||MemberClicks||Software Engineer||Microsoft||Software Engineer||NASCO||System Engineer Trainee||NCR||IT Analyst, Software Engineer, Technical Consultant, UX Architect||OneSource Relocation LLC||Programmer||Online Insight Inc||Software Developer||Oracle||Cloud Sales Associate||Partner Software||Support Specialist, Team Lead R&D||Perficient||Associate Technical Consultant||PTX Tech||Data Analyst||PwC||Cyber Security Consultant, Cybersecurity and Privacy Advisory Associate||Raytheon Company||Software Engineer||Revel Systems||Software Engineer||Robins Air Force Base||Software Engineer||Seller Labs||Software Engineer||Simax Sports||Developer||Sogeti||Associate Consultant, Consultant||Southeast Lung Associates||Medical Scribe||State Farm||Data Analyst - Technical Architecture, Software Developer||The Home Depot||Application Penetration Tester, Software Engineer||Trimble Inc.||Software Engineer||Turner Broadcasting System||Broadcast IT Support||U.S. Air Force||Cyberspace Operations Officer||UL Identity Management & Security||Software Engineer||University of Georgia||Application Programmer Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government Application Programmer Assistant, Catering Assistant- Auxiliary Services, Institute of Government's Information Technology Outreach Services Department Application Programmer Assistant, iOS Developer for UGA Mobile App||UPS||Software Development Engineer, Software Support||Utility Associates, Inc.||Software Engineer||VeEX Inc||Software Engineer||Westat||Computer Programmer Analyst||Zeroes Studios||Creative Technologist|
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Computer Science - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**
|University of Florida||Human-Centered Computing, PhD||University of Georgia||Artificial Intelligence, MS; Business Administration (STEM MBA Program), MBA; Computer Science, MS; Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), PhD; Engineering, PhD|