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 percent increase as compared to an overall 10 percent 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

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

Grad Schools Attended

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

100 percent of computer science majors responding to a recent survey reported being employed or in graduate school.