Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Computer Science Tops List of Best Major for Jobs

Software Development Times (07/08/11) Rachel Gottfried

Computer science has topped the National Association of Colleges and Employers' list of best majors for jobs for the first time since 2008. This year, 56.2 percent of computer science majors have received job offers, and the offer rate has risen 13.8 percent from 2010. Students who earned degrees in computer science are obtaining more offers of employment than any other major because computer scientists are needed in many different industries. "There are many different companies that need to hire computer scientists," says the association's Mimi Collins. However, another reason computer science majors are receiving more offers is because there is a shortage of people graduating with such degrees. Things change quickly in the field, so employers want recent computer science graduates because they have the latest skills. "When I picked my major, I knew there wouldn't be a lack of jobs as a computer scientist, and that was part of the appeal," says Annabelle Evans, who graduated with a degree in computer science from the University of Southern California in 2008.