Five Reasons to Major in Computing

1. Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems.

Computing is a discipline that offers rewarding and challenging possibilities for a wide range of people regardless of their interests. Computing requires and develops capabilities in solving deep, multidimensional problems utilizing imagination and sensitivity to a variety of concerns.

2. Computing offers many types of well-paying careers.

Computing jobs are among the highest paid and also have the highest job satisfaction. Computing is very often associated with innovation, and developments in computing tend to drive it. This, in turn, is the key to national competitiveness. The possibilities for future developments are expected to be even greater than they have been in the past.

3. Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.

There actually are more computing jobs than qualified people to fill them in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computing has the greatest potential for new jobs through 2014. While some IT jobs have gone overseas, if one considers the expected growth in computing, it’s easy to see that companies simply need more talent.

4. Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.

Having a computing major or minor will provide one with a foundation of knowledge, problem solving, and logical thinking that will serve as a competitive advantage to you in one's career, in whatever field one chooses.

5. Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.

Computing is often about being part of a team that requires people with many different kinds of skills. Yet there is also plenty of space for individual flair and imagination.

 

* Association for Computing Machinery, http://computingcareers.acm.org/?page_id=4, 9/5/2008


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