Computing is part of everything we do. Computing drives innovation in engineering, business, entertainment, education, and the sciences—and it provides solutions to complex, challenging problems of all kinds.

Computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. It is a broad field which includes everything from the algorithms that make up software to how software interacts with hardware to how well software is developed and designed. Computer scientists use various mathematical algorithms, coding procedures, and their expert programming skills to study computer processes and develop new software and systems.


 Computer Science vs IT

Computer science focuses on the development and testing of software and software systems. It involves working with mathematical models, data analysis and security, algorithms, and computational theory. Computer scientists define the computational principles that are the basis of all software.

Information technology (IT) focuses on the development, implementation, support, and management of computers and information systems. IT involves working both with hardware (CPUs, RAM, hard disks) and software (operating systems, web browsers, mobile applications). IT professionals make sure that computers, networks, and systems work well for all users.


Careers in Computer Science 

Computing jobs are among the highest paid today, and computer science professionals report high job satisfaction. Most computer scientists hold at least a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field.

Principal areas of study and careers within computer science include artificial intelligence, computer systems and networks, security, database systems, human-computer interaction, vision and graphics, numerical analysis, programming languages, software engineering, bioinformatics, and theory of computing.

Some common job titles for computer scientists include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Data Scientist
  • Web Optimization Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Front-End Developer
  • Back-End Developer
  • Full-Stack Developer
  • Mobile Developer
  • Network Administrator
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Security Analyst
  • Video Game Developer
  • Health Information Technician