Career Options after Computer Science

Career options after Computer Science

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is one of the Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Computer science permeates science, engineering, and many other areas of academic inquiry and technological innovation.

Students pursuing the Specialist program may choose from 4 fluid streams: Comprehensive, Software Engineering, Information Systems, and Health Informatics.

Key courses at UTSC are intended to develop your communication and writing skills – look for them!

Skills of Computer Science Grads

  • Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose appropriate ones
  • Writing computer programs for various purposes using different coding languages
  • Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to system goals
  • Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance

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Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads

Common employment destinations include:

  • Software Engineer in Software Publishers
  • Junior Associate in Consulting Firms
  • IT Consultant in Financial Services
  • Systems Designer in Engineering Consulting
  • Analyst in Telecommunications Providers
  • Product Designer in eLearning Firms
  • Database Administrator in Insurance Suppliers
  • Mobile App Developer in eCommerce Services
  • Entrepreneur

The Career Directory

Computer Science Grads from UTSC have gone on to:

  • IBM (Software Developer)
  • CIBC (Consultant)
  • University of Toronto (Lecturer)
  • Microsoft (Software Engineer)
  • Crowdlinker (CoFounder)

UTSC graduates from Computer Science are working in software development, web design and SEO.

Graduate & Professional Studies

Popular further education opportunities include:

  • Computer Science – Master of Science
  • Computer Engineering – Master Applied Science
  • Biomedical Engineering – Master Applied Science
  • Bioinformatics – Master of Science
  • Financial Engineering – Master
  • Business Administration – Master
  • Project Management – Post-Grad Certificate
  • CompTIA Knowledge/Skill Certifications

Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Computer Science Grads

  • High Tech Manufacturers
  • Consulting Firms (Technology)
  • Software Development Firms
  • Education & Training
  • Banking & Insurance
  • Computer Web Design & Hosting
  • Retail & Wholesale Products
  • Government (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal)

Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan

1. Do Your Research

The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:

Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.

Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:

  • Information Interviews
  • Working On-Campus
  • Internships
  • Volunteering

2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience

Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:

Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via the SCSU.

Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and Charity Village.

As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired conference and participate in Jobs for Grads.

As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.

3. Build Your Network

Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!

Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.