Jobs You Can Get with a Computer Science Degree

ITCareerFinder breaks down the most sought-after tech jobs you can get with a degree in computer science. Delve into each role for marketable courses, salaries, recommended degree programs and insider tips.

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There’s never been a better time than now to pursue a career in IT. The proliferation of emerging technologies in mobile and cloud computing, soaring demand for data science, programming and cyber security skills, and the increased automation (for better or worse) of legacy roles in retail and manufacturing, are just some of the factors driving a golden age for tech employment. There are infinite paths to the IT job of your dreams, but whichever road you choose there’s a good chance that earning a degree in computer science (CS) will be your first step.

CS curricula and the jobs you can land with a computer science degree vary widely, but there are some core subjects shared by most undergraduate computer science programs. The core curriculum in a CS associate or bachelor’s degree typically includes programming and software development, data structures and algorithms, operating systems, and applied mathematics. There are many CS specializations that dive deeper into one or more of these core areas, and plenty of computer science majors designed to prepare you for a specific IT career path. Your personal passions, resources like time and money, and the job you’re shooting for will dictate the computer science program that’s right for you.

The curriculum in a graduate computer science program builds on the undergrad coursework above. Generally, a computer science master’s degree dives deeper into the technical skills you learned as an undergrad, with a greater focus on a specific career track and potential management roles. MBAs in computer science concentrate on the business side of things; here you will learn to use computing skills to set and achieve organizational goals. Doctoral and PhD degrees in computer science tend to focus on research and scientific advancement; these programs are geared toward jobs like computer research scientist and CS professor.

This article will lay out some of the best jobs you can achieve with a computer science diploma (“best” in this case means top-tier salaries, an aggressive hiring forecast, and a high rate of upward mobility). We'll also highlight the courses and electives you should pursue to maximize your job prospects in each role, recommended degree levels, and earnings.

Here are the best jobs you can get with computer science degree:

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AI Upskilling for Technology Professionals

ITCareerFinder examines the benefits and practical applications of artificial intelligence upskilling in the IT workforce.

AI Upskilling

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changer in the IT industry, with AI-powered computing solutions rapidly gaining ground. For IT professionals, staying relevant in the AI era requires a strategic upgrade of skills. AI upskilling, therefore, is the call of the hour, enabling tech professionals to enhance their career trajectories and organizations to unlock the full potential of this cutting-edge tech.

This article will explore the importance, benefits, and educational pathways of AI upskilling for information technology professionals. We’ll also highlight some of the most sought-after AI skills by career path.

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What Jobs Can You Get With a Computer Science Associate Degree?

Earning a CS associate degree can help you get entry-level jobs in programming, computer science, and software development.

While an associate degree can’t teach you everything about the expansive field of computer science, it can serve as a stepping stone to beginner IT careers and lay the groundwork for future education and advancement.

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The Best Cities for Tech Jobs

ITCareerFinder analyzes key data points in technology, employment and livability to uncover the best cities for IT professionals to call home.

This page will be updated annually with the latest and greatest tech cities. Current year: 2023.

Many of the best computer jobs can now be accomplished remotely. This is a welcome change for many of us. For everyone else, choosing the right city to live, work and play in can be vital to happiness and success. This study merges key statistics on America's high-tech workforce with livability factors in over 150 cities to find the best places to live in - or relocate to - as an IT professional.

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To determine the best cities for tech jobs, we analyzed key employment data like IT salaries, the number of jobs and the percentage of workforce in technical roles, as well as the leading indexes for cost of living and quality of life, because after all, once the 9-to-5 is over you still have to live there.

Jump down to the bottom of the page for the ranking methodology and source list, or read on for this year’s top 8 cities for IT professionals.

Here are the best cities for technology jobs and workers:

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Best Online IT Degrees

ITCareerFinder breaks down the top 5 online bachelor’s degrees in information technology.

Best Online IT Degrees

The digital age is upon us, and with it comes an array of technological advancements, challenges, and possibilities. If you’re passionate about technology, pursuing an IT degree online can be an excellent way to harness this high-tech revolution into a rewarding career.

Online learning has exploded in popularity and capability, with the top programs offering flexibility and affordability without compromising quality. While the self-managed format of online degrees isn’t for everyone, it can unlock a world of opportunity for the right, self-motivated learners. Beyond the obvious benefit of a flexible schedule, students in top-tier online tech programs can take advantage of interactive course materials, sophisticated simulations to put their computing skills to the test, and global networking abilities that provide access to the leading minds in their field, regardless of location.

But where do you begin? To help answer this question, we’ve highlighted some of the best information technology degrees you can earn online.

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Top 10 IT Skills In Demand for 2024

Discover the technical and soft skills to jumpstart your IT career in 2024.

Top IT Skills 2024

Amid widespread technological advancements and shifts in organizational priorities, understanding the roles employers want to fill in the coming months (and beyond) is essential for career-minded IT professionals.

This post will highlight ten of the most sought-after IT skills for 2024. For each skill set, we’ll explore key demand drivers and identify some of the roles, platforms, and certifications you can pursue to capitalize on emerging trends.

Here are our top ten in-demand IT skills for 2024:

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Exploring 6 Great Jobs in the Metaverse

ITCareerFinder breaks down some of the most sought-after jobs in the metaverse and the skills you need to level up in each position.

This page will be updated regularly with the latest and greatest metaverse career paths.

Best Metaverse Careers

In October 2021, Facebook changed its name to Meta and announced plans to create 10,000 new high-skilled jobs in the European Union (EU) to help shape the metaverse.

It turns out that Facebook isn’t the only one betting heavily on the growth of the metaverse, over 160 companies are jumping in too.

So what is the metaverse and what types of jobs might it create?

Broadly speaking, the metaverse is a shared virtual world. In theory, people will be able to create an avatar and travel into this immersive virtual world to socialize, play games, work, create, shop, or even remotely attend a concert or sporting event by wearing virtual reality headsets.

Much like the transition to Web 2.0, mobile technologies, and the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the metaverse is creating new IT and hybrid job opportunities, which require a combination of technical and non-technical skills.

To keep your career thriving in the metaverse, here’s a look at 6 roles that are in demand right now and poised to explode in the future.

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Top Paying Technology Jobs

ITCareerFinder analyzes wages and hiring data to identify the highest-paying information technology jobs.

This article will be updated annually with the latest tech jobs and salaries. Current year: 2023.

Best Paying Tech Jobs

Pay may not be everything, but it’s very important. How important? According to a workforce study by Indeed, 93% of tech workers cite pay and benefits as the most important factor when considering a new job.

What’s more, in a rapidly changing field like information technology, workers often need to reach into their own pockets to acquire new skills and maintain their marketability. In other words, to make money in tech, you need money to invest in professional development.

To help you maximize your income potential, here is a look at 12 of the highest-paying technology jobs, why they are so valuable to employers, and what you need to land a position.

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