A computing degree provides many career opportunities – discuss

Topic:  A computing degree provides many career opportunities – discuss


      The computing industry will continue to be the wave of future and it should not be a surprise to hear that a computing degree provides many career opportunities at present and the near future.

      The Bureau of Labour Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2006), under U.S. Department of Labour said, “Computer software engineers are projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations from 2004 to 2014. Rapid employment growth in the computer systems design and related services industry, which employs the greatest number of computer software engineers, should result in very good opportunities for those college graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering or computer science and practical experience working with computers.”

         Computing degree based on the above is not limited to computer engineering and computer science course but also those with practical experience with computers, hence other professions may improve their skills if they want to take advantage to take advantage of the opportunities, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook  (2006) assures that employers will continue to seek computer professionals with strong programming, systems analysis, interpersonal, and business skills. Although growth will not be as rapid during previous decade, the industry outlook for the computing industry is still very bright.

          As to what could cause the continuing increase, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2006) explained that the employment of computer software engineers is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations, as businesses and other organizations adopt and integrate new technologies and seek to maximize the efficiency of their computer systems. It also pointed to the competition among businesses which will continue to create an incentive for increasingly sophisticated technological innovations, and organizations will need more computer software engineers to implement these changes. Bureau of Labour Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2006) also added that many job openings to replace workers who move into managerial positions, transfer to other occupations, or leave the labour force. (Paraphrasing made).

        Other factors causing the continuing demand include growth in computer networking, expanding integration of Internet technologies and the explosive growth in electronic commerce, expanding electronic data-processing systems in business, telecommunications, government, and other settings continuing to become more sophisticated and complex. Systems software engineers will be needed to implement, safeguard, and update systems and resolve problems and to help businesses to manage, upgrade, and customize their increasingly complicated computer systems (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006) (Paraphrasing made).

       The information above came already from a government agency which is unbiased. Let us take what other institutions say.

      IEEE, Inc. (2006) in advertising  ‘Careers in Computer Science and Computer Engineering’  acknowledged that, computers are used in almost every aspect of our lives: in car engines, microwave ovens, video games, watches, telephones, desktops at home and work, mainframe computers in government and industry, and supercomputers expanding the frontiers of science and technology. It therefore admitted that the computer industry is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and that growth promises to continue well into the next century. Shy, O.(2001, p. i) confirmed that  latest developments in network economics, one of the fastest-growing fields in all industrial organization. High expected growth in industry does mean more business wanting to share its benefits.  It is a reality in business that to maintain a competitive advantage, there should be and effective exploitation of leading-edge technologies (Blenkhorn & Fleisher, 2001, p. 136).

      Such business moves then necessarily create the opportunities for better and more career of the computing degree people as demand for a prepared work force with the scientific and technical training necessary to perform effectively on the job is created. This will really be great news for those who search career opportunities. (Rippy , 2000, p. 264)

       As to how people should prepare in computing industry IEEE, Inc. (2006) advised, “Most professionals in the computing industry have at least an undergraduate degree in mathematics, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information systems, or electrical engineering. Many have advanced degrees. They, however, all started preparing for their careers long before they began their undergraduate degrees.”

      In the United Kingdom, University of Sussex (2006) also said that IT graduates have higher employment and average pay levels than many other graduates. It this represented to maintain a database of employers and that cultivate personal links with relevant organizations to help find jobs for its graduates. It reported that most of its graduates find employment in the software industry, with many in companies such as LogicaCMG, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Microsystems, KPMG Consulting, Searchspace, Reuters, Motorola and Oracle. It also admitted that many of its graduates find employment in the expanding computing and multimedia industry in the Brighton area, and these employers also provide opportunities for interesting summer jobs.


       Rich countries in the world are witnesses to the ever increasing demand for more employment opportunities from computing degree hence the latter will really provide career opportunities as brought about the expanding growth the computing and IT industry.  Many will enjoy the benefits if they can advantage has said know opportunities.


   Blenkhorn  D. & Fleisher C. (2001)- editor Managing Frontiers in Competitive             Intelligence.. Publisher: Quorum Books, Westport, CT.p.136.

Bureau of Labour Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2006) U.S. Department         of Labour, {www document} URL, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos267.htm,          Accessed October 15, 2006

IEEE, Inc. (2006) Careers in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, {www document} URL       http://www.computer.org/portal/site/ieeecs/menuitem.c5efb9b8ade9096b8a9ca01      08bcd45f3/index.jsp?&pName=ieeecs_level1&path=ieeecs/education&file=caree      rs.xml&xsl=generic.xsl&;jsessionid=Fytnwct1BqF6VZQmvF6NhVz8Ws1WGvp      N17Y9jhRCtlrCPLm6qYss!666234918, Accessed October 15, 2006

   Rippy D. (2000),Sizing Up a Start-Up: Decoding the New Frontier of Career   Opportunities. Perseus Books (Current Publisher: Perseus Publishing),       Cambridge, MA. p. 264.

   Shy, O.(2001, ), The Economics of Network Industries, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, England ,p. i.

   University of Sussex (2006), Undergraduate Prospectus 2007 UK,{www document} URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/Units/publications/ugrad2007/subjects/Computing ,       Accessed October 15, 2006


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