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Careers in Computer Science

Computer science is the study of computers, computational systems and their applications. It encompasses both the hardware and software components of a system. As a computer scientist, you will use computers and algorithms to solve problems and create new applications.

You will need to be detail oriented and analytical in your work, as well as a good problem solver as well as familiar with a variety of coding languages and research methods. In your career, you may work in banking or finance, technology consulting, defense, entertainment, or health care.

Your duties may include coding, database development, programming, network administration, teaching, quality assurance, or research. You will use computers, coding languages, research methods, and data analysis tools to produce applications, software, apps, games, or data visualizations. You may also work on AI projects. Debugging is an important part of your work, as you must find and fix errors in your code.

This field is constantly evolving, so it is important to stay up-to-date on new developments. Computer science is a challenging and rewarding field that offers many opportunities for career growth.

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Last Updated: 4/8/24