Careers for computer science graduates

by Hannah Robinson | Jun 04, 2019

Edited by Susan Sullivan Computer-Science

What field impacts nearly every aspect of life in the 21st Century? Computer science.

It’s a highly lucrative and dynamic career path for college students who want to work in the corporate world, nonprofit arenas, and other employment settings across the U.S. and around the world.

We’re excited to offer computer science at Marian University starting this fall. Our Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science degree will give you the knowledge and skills you need to apply math, science, and technology tools for solving problems, sharing information, and more.

  • Marian’s hands-on computer science curriculum provides students with broad understanding and practical mastery of computer science and its application for in-demand technology careers.
  • Besides technical knowledge, you’ll also build essential “soft skills,” like written and verbal communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking that today’s employers seek in their new hires.

Marian’s wooded campus is safe, secure, and conveniently located just minutes from the heart of Indianapolis and its vibrant technology ecosystem.

  • Indianapolis is nationally and internationally recognized as a tech hub, with FastCompany.com ranking Indy as #6 among the nation’s top ten cities for tech jobs.
  • Tech corporations Salesforce, InfoSys, and others call Indianapolis home. And hundreds of start-ups and venture groups led by visionary tech executives, like High Alpha and SmarterHQ, are headquartered in Indy and across the greater metropolitan area.

What makes Marian’s computer science program different? You’ll learn about the latest developments in the field of computer science, but you’ll also have a student experience that feeds your soul.

  • Through coursework that’s informed by the university’s Franciscan values, you’ll build core values like professional integrity and ethics.
  • Co-curricular programs enable you to explore your faith and spirituality. Marian’s campus ministry team, for example, offers “alternative” Spring Break trips where you’ll serve communities and people in need. We also offer volunteer and service-learning projects that benefit Indianapolis and other communities. We are a Catholic university, but you’ll find students representing all faith traditions on Marian’s campus.
  • Thanks to Marian’s small student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll get personalized attention in the classroom and build lasting relationships with professors who encourage, guide, and mentor you.

You’ll graduate career-ready for direct entry into the workforce (or for advanced study in a master’s degree or Ph.D. program if you plan to continue your education beyond the undergraduate level).

Here are three careers you can pursue with a B.S. in computer science. Statistics are based on U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

  • Software developer
    Create apps that leverage new and emerging technology trends. There are two types of software developers: applications developers and systems developers. Applications developers create, maintain, improve, and manage computer programs, while systems software developers build the underlying infrastructure and back-end systems that keep computers and apps functioning properly for a good user experience. The average salary for application developers was $103,620 and $110,000 for systems developers in 2018. Employment of software developers is projected to grow a substantial 24 percent through 2026.
  • Database administrator
    These professionals are responsible for gathering, sorting, storing, updating, maintaining, and archiving safe, secure business records, including sensitive financial, health, and other personal data. They collaborate with colleagues, clients, and companies to keep databases easily accessible for authorized users but secure from unauthorized users. The median 2018 salary for database administrators was $90,070. Employment is projected to grow 11 percent through 2026, which is faster than average.
  • Computer hardware engineer
    If you have an eye for design and an aptitude for crafting solutions, become a computer hardware engineer. You’ll use problem-solving skills to develop and test computer processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, routers, and more. In 2018, the average salary for hardware engineers was $114,600. Employment is projected to grow about five percent through 2026.

To learn more about Marian University’s computer science degree, contact our Office of Undergraduate Admission. Call (317) 955-6300, (800) 772-7264, or email admissions@marian.edu.

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