Rapidly changing technology guarantees that computer scientists, programmers, analysts,
wizards, and gurus will be in demand for the foreseeable future. Your degree in Computer
Science can lead to a career in hardware and software development, upgrading existing
systems, training, and general maintenance.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
||Operations Research Specialist
|Commercial Programmer Analyst
|Computer Graphics Specialist
|Computer Sales Or Marketing Person
|Data Base Manager
|Data Processing Consultant
|Hardware Research And Development
|Management Information Systems
|Marketing Support Specialist
|PC Support Specialist
||Software Test Engineer
Nature of the Work
A computer professional's work varies dramatically depending on the job. For example:
- Programmers write, test, debug and maintain the detailed instructions a computer must
follow in order to work properly.
- Systems programmers produce software used by the computer's hardware such as disc
defragmenters that reduce the amount of fragmentation in file systems.
- Data-base specialists design and control the use of an organization's data resources.
- Telecommunications programmers and analysts develop and evaluate data communications
software and hardware.
- Technical services managers and information systems directors supervise the technical
staff responsible for operating software, telecommunications and data-base systems
for a company or organization.
Places of Employment
||Health care facilities
||Large retail establishments
||Non-profit research institutes and
|Computer systems design companies
|Internet service providers
Training requirements for computer specialists vary depending on the employer's needs.
Many are college graduates. Others have taken computer courses at a trade school or
to supplement their studies in other areas.
You do need a degree if you plan to work in the science or engineering fields. Employers
are looking for people who are patient, persistent, can think logically, and who value
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
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