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what can you do with computer science degreeWhile you’re considering earning a computer science degree, you’re probably curious about what your options will be after graduation. You’ve got bills to pay and children to raise, so you’re seeking a career that’s a safe bet.

When it comes to the future, there are few guarantees. But you’re not likely to find a career path with a more optimistic outlook than computer science careers. With job opportunities increasing significantly and above-average starting salaries that escalate with experience, it’s no wonder you’re considering this field.

We know, we know – you haven’t made your decision yet. But as you explore your options, it’s always helpful to know as much as possible about the types of jobs that will be available to you once you earn your degree. To help you in your research, we analyzed more than 560, 000 job postings over the past year to determine the most common positions for computer science degree holders.*

So, what can you do with a computer science degree? Take a look!

Top 10 computer science careers

Below you’ll find a detailed breakdown of the top 10 careers for computer science degree holders, ordered according to the total number of jobs posted over the past year. Learn a bit about the duties, outlook and earning potential for each position.**

1. Software applications developer

  • Design or customize computer applications software
  • Modify existing software to optimize operational efficiency or correct errors
  • Evaluate software requirements and user needs to determine software feasibility

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 165, 063

Projected growth (2012-2022): 22 percent or higher

Median annual salary (2014): $95, 510

2. Computer systems analyst

  • Analyze data processing problems to improve computer systems
  • Develop and test system design procedures
  • Enhance system compatibility so information can be shared easily

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 32, 018

Median annual salary (2014): $82, 710

3. Computer systems engineer

  • Develop solutions to complex applications problems and other network concerns
  • Provide technical guidance for troubleshooting computer systems
  • Confirm stability and security of system architecture

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 21, 144

Projected growth (2012-2022): 3 – 7 percent

Median annual salary (2014): $83, 410

4. Network systems administrator

  • Install and support an organization’s network system
  • Examine website functions to ensure performance without interruption
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations

Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 21, 089

Projected growth (2012-2022): 8 – 14 percent

Median annual salary (2014): $75, 790

5. Database administrator

  • Test and administer computer databases
  • Coordinate changes and correct errors to computer databases
  • Apply security measures to safeguard information
Source: www.rasmussen.edu
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