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 at Columbia.

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 the 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

The key is to start your search 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, Engineering Industry Showcase,  and Tech Connect. Also,  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.

Columbia Resources

External Resources

Professional Associations

Internship/Job Boards 

  • 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
  • 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
  • One of the largest job boards in the country, this website offers the ability to search by technical skills, job titles, descriptions, or locations
  • 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, from TechCrunch
  • 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
  • A broad-scale engineering job-search engine that many companies use to find new talent

Top Employers

  • Microsoft
  •  10Gen
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Bloomberg
  • EMC Corporation
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Palantir
  • Twitter


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.