Why study Computer Science?
Computer Science is part of almost everything in our lives. Computer Science is not about repairing computers and its much more than learning how to program a computer. Computer Scientists collaborate with people in many different disciplines and use computers to creatively solve complex problems that improve the way we live, and make a very good living while doing it.
The Association for Computing Machinery provides a list of ten reasons of why to major in Computer Science:
- Computing is part of everything we do!
Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says "the computer made a mistake", studying computing will provide you with valuable knowledge.
- 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 range of interests. Computing requires and develops capabilities in solving deep, multidimensional problems requiring imagination and sensitivity to a variety of concerns.
- Computing enables you to make a positive difference in the world.
Computing drives innovation in the sciences (human genome project, AIDS vaccine research, environmental monitoring and protection just to mention a few), and also in engineering, business, entertainment and education. If you want to make a positive difference in the world, study computing.
- Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.
Computing jobs are among the highest paid and 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.
- 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. U.S. IT employment was 17% higher in 2004 than in 1999. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computing has the greatest potential for new jobs through 2014. Yes, some IT jobs have gone overseas. If you consider the expected growth in computing, it's easy to see that companies simply need more talent. Don't miss out on pursuing the large number of open positions available right now, here in the United States.
- Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.
Having a computing major will provide you with a foundation of knowledge, problem solving and logical thinking that will serve as a competitive advantage to you in your career, in whatever field you choose.
- Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
Creating high-quality computing solutions is a highly creative activity, and computing supports creative work in many other fields. The best solutions in computing exhibit high levels of elegance and beauty.
- 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.
- Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation.
An increasing number of universities and employers see successful completion of a computer science course as a sign of academic well-roundedness.
- Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries.
Computing is one of those fields where it is almost impossible to predict what will happen next. This is why we cannot even begin to imagine all the ways that you can make a contribution to it and it can make your life's work exciting and real.
More good reasons to consider studying Computer Science
- according to the United States Department of Labor, computer science graduates on average earn 13 percent more than the average college graduate (March 2009)
- Top 10 jobs in America today according to CareerCast.com include Software Engineer at #5 and Computer Systems Analyst at #6 (January 2009)
- Top 10 Recession-proof Jobs as reported by the Chicago Sun Times, taken from "150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs," a book by Laurence Shatkin, include Computer systems analyst at #1, Network systems and data communications analyst at #2, and Network and computer systems administrator at #3 (November 2008)
- Software Engineering is ranked as the #1 job in America and the second fastest growing field (Money Magazine, 2006)
- 5 of the 12 fastest growing jobs are in Computer Science related fields (US Department of Labor, November 2005)
- "The computer scientists and database administrators occupation is expected to grow 37 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than average for all occupations." (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
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Why study Computer Science at UIC?
- UIC has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation
- We have 28 world-class faculty members from the top schools in the world, engaged in both research and teaching who bring their cutting-edge work into the classroom and engage students.
- Ten of our faculty have won teaching recognition awards from the university and six of our faculty members are University of Illinois Scholars.
- We have a typical undergraduate class size of 36 students.
- We have an undergraduate student to faculty ratio of 9:1
- All of our courses are taught by faculty members, not graduate students
- All students have a faculty advisor assigned to them for the duration of their studies who they meet with at least once per term
- The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board
- We are consistently ranked #3 in Engineering Colleges in Illinois after UIUC and Northwestern (US News)
- We are ranked #34 in the nation in top CS graduate programs based on publications (ACM in 2007)
- We are ranked #58 in the nation in top CS programs (in Illinois only UIUC, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern are ranked higher) (US News and World Reports in 2008)
- We have the lowest tuition of any CS program in the area (less than half the cost of DePaul, IIT, Loyola, U of Chicago, or Northwestern)
Our students recently graduating with a BS degree started work with an average salary of $59K. Our graduates work at companies including: Microsoft, Midway Games, Google, Motorola, Allstate, Intel, Lockheed Martin, ZS, Reuters, Morningstar, Ask.com, Paypay/Ebay.
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