We live in an information age where everything is being done online. The trend will continue at least for the foreseeable future. In fact, it is expected that the developments in information technology will create further in roads to an already rapidly developing industry. The times are near where everybody will be referred by his e-mail address rather than by his or her name. So it is obvious that more and more IT professionals will be demanded in the future and consequently pursuing a higher educational qualification in the field of computer science is regarded as a smart investment decision for the future.
In order to give you an idea of the attractiveness of a career in IT, let me introduce to you some statistics and forecasts. Money magazine recently published a list of the “Best Jobs in America” and the leader in the list was a Software Engineer while an IT analyst ranked at number seven. Further, in the list of “Fastest Growing Professional Jobs” published in Fortune magazine, 7 out of 19 fastest growing jobs were computer science related. In addition, Collegeboard.com published "Occupations with the Most New Jobs: Bachelor's Degrees", compiled from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for 2002-2012 and 6 of the 10 occupations with the most new jobs were computer science related occupations.
Whether you are already a computer science graduate, or simply a graduate in a different field, you have the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree (i.e. - a Master’s or a Doctorate) in Computer science. Of course the computer science graduates may complete their studies quicker than a non related graduate. So if you are a graduate bizymom staying at home, being committed to your children and wish to invest further in your education, but find it difficult to manage a traditional degree program, an online graduate degree in Computer Science may be the best suited for you.
A graduate degree is an education program where a student learns a topic thoroughly by going deep in to it. Similarly, a master’s degree in Computer Science may lead the student to obtain a thorough knowledge in one or more areas such as Operating Systems, Computer Programming, Software Engineering, Computer Networks, Data Base Management and Administration, Internet Technology and Web Design, Graphics and Animation…etc. The applications of computer science in the corporate world are so vast that you may find ample opportunities in any of the above areas of specialization. Further, obtaining a graduate degree will open the door to climb up the career ladder quicker than your competitors. As a result your earnings potential may also rise.
Before you decide on a graduate online program you need to consider few things. Reputation is one of the most important aspects of an educational qualification. You may learn the hardest subjects on the earth but if the industry doesn’t recognize your degree, your entire effort is a waste. Several aspects to consider before selecting an area of specialization include whether you like the specific area, how good your university is for the selected area and availability of research project and internship programs…etc. If you are interested in a PhD, the selected master’s program should pave the path for your doctorate.
Finally a graduate degree in computer science may provide you many lucrative career avenues to follow. The opportunity is available and once it is grabbed the sky may be the limit. So why not take the maximum out of the opportunity and succeed in your life?
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