From games developer to manager of IT and communications services, you'll have a range of opportunities open to you as a computer science graduate
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Application analyst
- Applications developer
- Data analyst
- Database administrator
- Games developer
- Information systems manager
- IT consultant
- Multimedia programmer
- SEO specialist
- Software engineer
- Systems analyst
- UX designer
- Web designer
- Web developer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Digital copywriter
- IT sales professional
- IT trainer
- Network engineer
- PPC specialist
- Social media manager
- Technical author
- Web content manager
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Your computer science course may include a year out in industry, where you can continue to develop key skills and build up a network of contacts. It can also give you commercial skills and show how your degree can be applied in practice.
If you course doesn't offer this, look for IT-related work placements, internships or shadowing opportunities advertised via your careers service or through companies such as Step and The Year in Industry.
Joining a university club or society that gives you the opportunity to develop your computing, web design or multimedia skills also helps when applying for graduate jobs.
It's useful to develop a personal portfolio of your own projects, such as those involving programming, building a website or carrying out tasks online as a moderator. Evidence of, for example, your initiative and ability in fixing bugs, improving functionality or building an app will help show your skills and interest in the subject.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Common employers are IT consultancies and IT service providers. However, as most businesses rely on computers to function effectively, there are also opportunities within the IT departments of major organisations in sectors such as:
- aerospace and defence
- financial services
- public and third sectors
Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a range of computing opportunities, too.
It's also possible to set up your own business providing IT services such as web design and consultancy.
Skills for your CV
Computing degrees combine theoretical study and practical projects, teaching you subject-specific skills including:
- programming languages
- hardware architecture and construction
- network design and engineering
- software engineering
- multimedia design
- software tools and packages.
You'll learn how to specify, design and construct computer-based systems, evaluate and recognise potential risks and design creative solutions. You'll also gain skills in:
- teamwork and leadership
- time management and organisation
- report writing
- coping with the rapid technological changes in computing
- commercial awareness.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is especially important when you're working with computers as technology and software develops at such a rapid pace.
You may choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level, studying a computer science subject in greater detail through an MSc or PhD. Further study is essential for a career in academia and can be useful for a range of other careers, for example, developing new technologies and products. You can also combine work with further study through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).
You could also complete a teaching qualification in order to teach IT in secondary schools. Find out more about your teacher training options.
What do computer science graduates do?
A third of graduates in employment in the UK six months after graduation are working as programmers and software development professionals.
Seven of the top ten jobs held by graduates are related to computer sciences and include web design and IT operations technician.
|Working and studying||2.7|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Retail, catering and bar work||8.4|
|Business, HR and financial||4.5|
|Arts, design and media||4.3|
For a detailed breakdown of what computer science and IT graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.