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What You Can Do With a Computer Science Degree

August 7, 2017
Posted by: David Sands

photo depicting a combination of circuitry within a computer overlaid with circuit diagrams and snippets of code

When choosing a major of study it’s important to consider what kind of opportunities your degree will provide. Many people happily graduate only to find that their experience is only relevant in a small, crowded and competitive field. Fortunately, the rising popularity and spread of technology across multiple industries has created many opportunities for students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. A Computer Science degree, in particular, offers a number of promising career opportunities.


Programming is the career path people most commonly associate with a Computer Science degree. Computer programmers write the code that allows any and all software to run as intended. Software code is written in different scripts called programming “languages.” Many languages are specialized for specific tasks or work best with particular systems. Some of the most common languages include Java, C++ and Visual Basic.

Programmers work closely with software developers, web developers, engineers and anyone else working to construct their final product. Each department comes together as a team to solve problems and ensure the final program works as intended. Because of their key role in the production of various technologies, programmers are in high demand; according to the Unites States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2016 median salary for computer programmers was $79,840.

GIS/GPS Technician

Computer science students can also use their skills in more specialized industries. Geographic Information System (GIS)/ Global Positioning System (GPS) technicians, sometimes called survey or mapping technicians, collect and analyze data to make accurate maps of the Earth’s surface. Mapping technicians specialize in using geographic or topographic data to develop information database software. Most GIS/GPS technicians work for firms that provide surveying services, but local governments also employ technicians in highway and planning departments. In 2016 the BLS reported a median salary of $42,450.

Information Security Analyst

Instead of creating programs, security analysts devote their time to protecting the programs and data that others have created. It is their job to protect a company or software’s computer systems from malicious attacks by hackers or competing companies. Depending on their skill level, an analyst’s duties can range from monitoring information to investigating compromised databases or serving as security inspectors. Because they’re required to be familiar with the latest cyber threats, analysts are consistently forced to stay on their toes and up-to-date with technology trends. The median 2016 yearly salary was a considerable $92,600.

Computer Education Programs in Maine

The University of Maine Fort Kent Computer Applications Program is designed to prepare students for employment in a number of computer technology fields. Graduates of the program will have a clear and thorough understanding of design, development, implementation, maintenance and use of computer and information-related applications and technologies. Contact UMFK today for application information.