What do Computer Scientists do?
According to the US Department of Labor, they are "the designers, creators, and inventors of new technology. By creating new technology, or finding alternative uses for existing resources, they solve complex business, scientific, and general computing problems." For more details on the work of computer scientists, visit the computer science pages of Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sloan Cornerstone Career Center and the Computer Science department web site.
Where do they work?
At Columbia, we have a steady rise in employers from all fields seeking to recruit computer science students. According to the US Department of Labor, "computer scientists are increasingly employed in every sector of the economy (from government to industry, academia, and nonprofit), but the greatest concentration of these workers, about 23%, are in the computer systems design and related services industry. Many computer scientists are also employed by software publishing firms, scientific research and development organizations, start-ups, and in education."
What are some employers in the field?
Some employers in the field that recruit at Columbia: Microsoft ● 10Gen ● Amazon ● Apple ● Bloomberg ● EMC Corporation ● Facebook ● Google ● Intel ● Palantir ● Twitter ● Yahoo!. You can also check out attendees to CCE's career fairs in the employer profile books and LionSHARE's employer directory tab. Sloan Cornerstone Career Center hosts a list of other employers to explore.
What resources can I look into for more information and to gain experience?
Center for Career Education Resources: For a full list of resources and services, visit our home page.
- LionSHARE: CCE’s database of internships and full time jobs for students and alumni
- Science Technology Engineering Internship Program (STEP) and other CCE sponsored international and national internship programs
- CCE Career Fairs (including a Start Up Career Fair), employer information sessions, site visits, panels, workshops, and alumni events (see CCE's calendar of events regularly for updates)
- Webshops and webinars covering a wide array of topics
- Vault & WetFeet guides: profiles industries, companies, and careers including: Industries and Careers for Engineers, Vault Guide to Technology Careers, Vault Guide to the Top Internet Employers
- List of Leadership Development and Rotational Programs
- LinkedIn.com Columbia Groups: Columbia Career Connections and Columbia Alumni Association Network to find alumni working in the field
Student Clubs & Professional Associations: Student clubs often have direct links with employers and are excellent ways to learn about careers in the field. Many are even linked to regional or national professional associations that have web resources and host conferences and career fairs.
- Application Development Initiative (ADI)
- Columbia Women in Computer Science
- Association for Computing Machinery at Columbia (ACM) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Women in Science at Columbia
- Other Professional Associations: Use the low student membership rates in professional associations to gain career guidance and information about scholarships, networking opportunities, job postings, conferences and workshops, and access to job fairs.
Research, Other Opportunities, and Resources:
- Computer Science Department Web site
- Student Research Involvement Program
- Co curricular opportunities including the Columbia FastPitch Competition, Columbia Venture Competition, Entrepreneurship Residential Initiative, Innovation Fellowship & Internship Program, and Blue Team Challenges.
- NYC NEXT Idea Competition
- SEAS Global Initiatives – Intern/Study Abroad Web Site
- Fellowships for CC/SEAS, GS, and GSAS
- Mentornet, an online mentoring communinity in which Columbia University participates
Internship/Job Posting Websites
- Pathways to Science: To find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring
- National Science Foundation REU Sites: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation
- American Academy for Advancement of Science: A resource list of AAAS career development programs
- NSA Internships: The National Security Agency offers internships, a co-op program, and scholarships
- Dice: A website with technology jobs as well as advice and resources for the industry
- ComputerWorld: News, reviews, and jobs in technology
- Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA): ISA develops industry standards, certifies industry professionals, provides training, publishes technical articles, and hosts conferences/exhibitions for automation professionals
- ComputerJobs.com: A helpful site that will, after you submit your resume, send you only the job postings that are relevant to your aspirations and your experiences
- ComputerWork.com: One of the largest job boards in the country, this website offers the ability to search by technical skills, job titles, descriptions, or locations
- Creativeheads.net: Jobs in video games, animation, VFX, and software/technology industries
- Adafruit: Job board for designers, makers, artists, and engineers
- Krop: Exciting opportunities for people with technical or computer-based backgrounds who would like to work in creative environments
- CrunchBoard: A nice job-listing website across many states offering a wide variety of engineering jobs
- Research Gate: A network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences
- Engineering Central: Lists engineering positions and resumes across all engineering disciplines
- Engineer.net: A broad-scale engineering job-search engine that many companies use to find new talent
- All Engineering Links compiled by CCE
Professional Journals: Keep up to date on trends in the field, identify potential employers, and find out about new opportunities. Your access to the Columbia library system gives you extensive exposure to important information in the field today.
- IEEE Xplore Digital Library: Through the CU library login, get full text access to the world's highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology. Through the system, you can also read the IBM Journal of Research and Development. The library also provides acces to the Journal of Computer Science and Technology.
- Power-Gen Worldwide: A strictly online publication that assembles news, webcasts, articles, and opinion pieces about the nature of the energy and technology markets