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

Campus Resources

CAMPUS STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

ONLINE RESOURCES

ADDITONAL TRAINING

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

Employment Websites

GENERAL: 

  • 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: 

Professional Associations/Resources

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

COMPANY & SALARY RESEARCH - Career Bliss • GlassDoor • Salary.com

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.

Employer Position Title(s)
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
Google 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
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Computer Science - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**

Graduate School Program(s)
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
* denotes no responses received.