Computer Science Careers and Outcomes

A Houghton degree in computer science can open doors to a variety of careers. Computer science is a fast growing sector of the economy. The Department of Labor Statistics projects that there will be 763,000 new jobs in computer science between 2008 and 2018, a 20% increase as compared to an overall 10% rate of job growth. The vast majority of these jobs only require a Bachelor’s degree. According to the 2008 ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curriculum Guidelines (p. 13), the number of computer science graduates in the U.S. have fallen significantly since 2001 and many positions in this sector are not being filled. Therefore, there is a significant market for computer science majors. A liberal arts education provides excellent flexibility and ability to learn, which are necessary in this quick-changing area, as well as communication skills in jobs that are increasingly team-based and interact with clients.

In responding to a survey, 95 percent of Houghton computer science graduates who responded reported being employed in their field or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. Most of these alumni work as software engineers, software developers, web developers or related work in computer science or information technology. Others serve as attorneys, educators, entrepreneurs and youth pastors.

Where they're working

  • IBM
  • Department of Defense
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Minolta
  • PPL
  • Raytheon
  • Computer Science Corporation
  • Goodville Mutual
  • Wolfram Research, Inc.
  • SIL
  • Wycliffe

Grad Schools Attended

  • Harvard University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Michigan
  • Syracuse University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Washington State University
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Boston College
  • Pittsburg University
  • Rutgers University School of Law

100% of Computer Science majors responding to a recent survey reported being employed or in graduate school.

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