Career Paths in Computer Science

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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Computer Science and job demand go hand in hand. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next 10 years there will be one million more computer science-based jobs than there are students. With stats like that, it’s no wonder computer degrees are such a hot commodity! But since the field is so diverse, it helps to have a handle on the various computer career paths available to you—like computer programming, web development, computer information systems, network security and more. By understanding the job specifics and unique training required for each option, you’ll find the track that suits you best.

The Computer Science Department at Raritan Valley Community College is dedicated to teaching both the fundamentals and the latest advances in technology. Whether you’re just out of high school or an experienced professional looking to learn new skills, our New Jersey campus offers a program tailored to meet your needs, with small classes and cutting-edge facilities designed to give you real-world computer experience.

There are two types of computer degree programs at RVCC: Degrees designed to transfer to four-year colleges, and degrees designed to lead to direct employment. A variety of certificates are also available, offering specialized expertise in such areas as web development, computer support and more. Read on to learn about different career paths in computers—and how to get there with the help of RVCC!

Information Systems and Computer Networking

The area of computer information systems—under the headings of Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT)—has become critical to the operation of many organizations. IS and IT staff must understand not only how computers operate, but also how they can be effectively networked together. In fact, network management is its own specialty under the Information Systems umbrella, and often involves a focus on security.The use of internet technologies has become pervasive and database management has also become an integral function. Job titles in this field include system administrator, network administrator and more.

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Computer Programming

Computer programming—also known as coding—is the process of preparing a sequence of coded instructions that directs a computer’s operations and enables it to do certain tasks. There are many different languages used to program computers such as Java, C++, C#, Visual Basic, ASP, C and XML. If you’re logical, patient, interested in problem solving and enjoy working independently, this could be the field for you.

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Web Development

A web developer designs interactive web pages and applications for the web and upgrades existing applications as new architectures are recommended for public use. He/she must have a comprehensive understanding of how the web operates, know how to incorporate the latest technologies, demonstrate the ability to successfully manage a project, effectively analyze and design web-based systems, and be able to integrate graphic design components onto a web page.

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Game Development

Game Development is both a multi-billion dollar industry as well as one of the fastest-growing segments of the entertainment industry. According to the Entertainment Software Association, 60 percent of all Americans age six and older play computer and video games and 35 percent of all Americans identified computer and video games as the most enjoyable entertainment activity, easily surpassing television (18 percent) and movies (11 percent). Since video game design requires a large number of individuals with varied abilities, one must typically acquire skills in programming, project management and game design in order to be a video game designer.

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Multimedia Design and Production

Those in multimedia design and production tell stories through the use of text, graphics, sound, video and animation. Merging the knowledge of computers, communications and commercial art, the field covers web design, interactive presentations and more.

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Computer Support

A computer support specialist—also called an IT support specialist or help desk technician—is utilized throughout business, industry, government and non-profits. As the use of personal computers continues to expand into additional roles, support specialists are called upon for a wider variety of skills, including networking and security, in addition to the traditional roles of basic operations support and systems troubleshooting.

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Learn More!

The Computer Science Department at Raritan Valley Community College is dedicated to teaching both the fundamentals and the latest advances in technology. Whether you’re just out of high school or an experienced professional looking to learn new skills, our New Jersey campus offers a program tailored to meet your needs, with small classes and cutting-edge facilities designed to give you real-world computer experience.

Not sure which path you want to take in the field of computers? You could always start in a general Computer Science program before deciding which specialty you like best. RVCC’s