9 Computer Science Degree Jobs

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Curious about jobs that a computer science degree can get you? Some people think becoming a software developer is the only route you can take after receiving a CS degree. Granted, it one of the most popular routes, but not the only one.

Don’t let not wanting to be a software developer hold you off from getting a computer science degree. But if software development sounds great, know the following jobs are also jobs you can have after a computer science degree. 

Software developers are in high demand though and are needed in any industry from cars to healthcare.

In the computer and IT industry growth is expected to be 13% in the U.S. from 2020 to 2030. That is faster than the average expected growth in other jobs. 

Given the applicability of a computer science degree, if you pick any location you want to live in and a company you like, you can probably find a job with your degree. 

The skills developed from a computer science degree are pretty much applicable anywhere. One source even went as far as to claim that the majority of companies are entering the realm of software companies.



  • coding
  • mathematical
  • technical writing
  • software development
  • networking


  • analytical thinking
  • problem-solving mindset
  • communication
  • creativity

Some jobs are noted as directly applicable to a computer science degree, and others where it’s simply beneficial, meaning you can do it with another degree. 

5 Jobs Directly Applicable to a CS degree

1. Cloud Computing Engineer

Degree: bachelor’s

A cloud computing engineer is responsible for designing, maintaining, and managing cloud computing networks. What are cloud computing networks? They store data, files, and services to be available on demand. These types of engineers are highly sought after, especially when a company decides to include cloud computing in its business.

2. Database Administrator

Degree: bachelor’s

Growth 2020-2030: 8%  (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

A database administrator’s primary job is to work on creating systems for data. They secure and store any data from hospital records to customer shipping information.

3. Solutions Architect

Degree: bachelor’s

Growth 2020-2030: 5% (Bureau of Labor Statistics

A solutions architect oversees changes in a company in terms of technology. They intend to make it efficient and seamless. They also provide a technological point of view on a company’s shift. 

4. Computer & Information Research Scientist

Degree: masters

Growth 2020-2030: 22% (Bureau of Labor Statistics

Computer and information research scientists are heavily involved in innovation, designing, and building systems. They look at current software and build new ones to help companies.

5. ML engineer

Degree: masters

One way to look at this career is a combination of software engineering and data science. Machine Learning is also often referred to as artificial intelligence. ML engineers intend to automate previously sought as only human activities through researching, developing, and designing that software. 

Want to learn more about artificial intelligence? Check out these cool applications of AI below.

Jobs Where CS Degree Useful but NOT Necessary

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There are also various jobs where a computer science degree is useful, but not necessarily required.

6. Business Analyst

Degree: bachelor’s

Growth: 14% Bureau of Labor Statistics (Management Analysts)

Business analysts use business documents, market environment information, and systems to solve improve businesses and solve their problems. They plan and monitor information on the companies’ performance and the competition, reporting business requirements through their analysis.

7. Product Manager

Degree: bachelor’s

Growth 2020-2030: 11% Bureau of Labor Statistics (Computer and Information Systems Managers)

You’ve probably seen “project manager” listed amongst other career paths from other degrees. That’s because this job is quite broad as it can apply to any industry. Of course, computer and information systems managers pertain more to the technology industry. It is useful that a computer sicence degree gives you skills in technology, teamwork, problem-solving, and analytical skills which are sought after in project managers, specifically in the tech industry.

8. UX researcher

Degree: bachelor’s

Growth: 22% (Market Research Analysts) Bureau of Labor Statistics 

As UX pertains to user experience, a UX researcher gathers data on the users’ use of technology to make informed decisions on a businesses’ product. It combines both technology with human behavior as they use data and business objectives to help the company. 

9. Data Scientist

Degree: bachelor’s or masters

Growth information: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Data scientists come from degrees anywhere from computer science to mathematics to economics. It is common to receive a master’s to pursue this career. Clearly, from the name, you will be working with large amounts of data. The role of a data scientist is to make sense of all that messy data. They need to organize and interpret it so that a business can make decisions out of the data. Essentially this career combines 3 pillars: statistics, computer science, and business. You should have some creative thinking capabilities in order to see connections within data to make it useful for a business and explain it to them, to make decisions out of it.

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