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Employment outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, and that very good opportunities are expected for college graduates with at least a bachelor's degree in computer science and with practical work experience such as our internships program.

Computer Science is the major field with the highest entry-level salary at SUNY Potsdam. Nationwide, Computer Science bachelor's degree graduates receive salary offers exceeded only by Chemical and Electrical Engineering. Entry-level Computer Scientists receive better salaries than Mathematicians and Statisticians, and information systems specialists receive better salaries than Business Administration majors and Psychology majors.

Strong employment opportunities are expected in Computer Science-related fields, including:

  • embedded systems
  • ubiquitous and pervasive computing
  • artificial intelligence and robotics
  • information security
  • data mining
  • distributed processing
  • client-server applications
  • computer game design

A solid foundation in Computer Science will prepare you for future advances in computing technology. Our program emphasizes fundamentals as well as practical experience, which has carried our graduates from their early careers as aspiring technologists to positions of significant leadership as computer professionals. Our alumni have become captains of industry serving, for example, as vice presidents of companies such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

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