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, and the Computer Science department website.
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.”
Computer Science Job Search
While some large organizations may recruit in the Fall semester, many others will seek full-time hires on an “as needed” basis. The key is to start your search early so that you do not miss opportunities. Use resources like the professional associations listed below to apply to positions and seek out networking opportunities, attend CCE’s Startup Career Fair, Engineering Career Fair and Engineering Industry Showcase, and pay attention to your departments’ emails. Opportunities are available throughout the country, but the largest number of jobs are found in the Silicon Valley in northern California and states such as Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, and New York.
- Science Technology Engineering Internship Program (STEP) and other CCE sponsored international and national internship programs
- Career Fairs and Networking Events: Attend our career fairs and special events throughout the year including the Engineering Career Fair and Startup Career Fair.
- Engineering Industry Showcase: Held in the Spring semester, offers a panel session and networking opportunities with representatives from a variety of engineering disciplines.
- 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
- Startup industry exploration webpage.
- Student Organizations: Application Development Initiative, Columbia Women in Computer Science, Association for Computing Machinery
- Columbia Venture Competition: An annual competition put on by the Columbia engineering school giving a total of $25,000 in prize money for start up business plans.
- Computer Science Department Website
- Student Research Involvement Program
- DevFest: DevFest is a week-long student-only development festival during which students build applications, experiment with new technologies, and compete for awesome prizes.
- Fellowships for CC/SEAS, GS, and GSAS
- Mentornet, an online mentoring community in which Columbia University participates
- Computing Research Association (CRA)
- IEEE Computer Society
- Association for Women in Computing
- Society of Women Engineers
- 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
- 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
- EMC Corporation
See what Columbia students have gone on to do with their degree with CCE’s What Can You Do With A Degree in Computer Science tipsheet.