Careers in Computer Science
Information for Prospective Students
The career outlook for Computer Science graduates looks very bright. The Bureau of Labor Statistics latest report shows job projections from 2008-2018. According to the BLS, "The demand for computer-related occupations will increase in almost all industries as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated and complex technologies."
Of the 291 companies attending the 2016 Engineering Expo, 136 were looking to hire Computer Science majors. For the 2016/17 academic year, the CS Department expects to graduate about 200 students with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. The CS Department also has an industrial affiliates organization, the Computer Science Resources Consortium (CSRC), which has a career fair dedicated to CS majors only in the fall and spring semesters.
Check out the Assocation for Computing Machinery's Cool Computing News to read more about the current job market.
Information for Current Students
Current Computer Science majors have a variety of resources at Virginia Tech. Not only is the job market hot, companies come to the VT campus to hire you. If you are looking for a part-time or full-time job, or are seeking an internship or a co-op position, the following resources may be of interest to you.
The Spring 2017 CSRC Career Fair will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017, in Squires Student Center, Commonwealth Ballroom. For more details, click the CSRC link below.
CSRC Career Fair Events - Career fairs for CS majors only
Engineering Expo is sponsored by the Student Engineers' Council.
- prepare a resume
- prepare for an interview
- prepare for a career fair
- provide guidelines for business causal and business professional attire
- prepare for proper dining etiquette
Tips from CSRC recruiters:
- Recruiters are impressed with students who have done their homework and know something about their company. One of the top complaints from recruiters are students who walk up and say "What does your company do?"
- Dress appropriately.
- Have plenty of copies of your resume.
- Expect that companies may ask that you apply online. In some instances, you may have to apply online to be officially considered for an interview.
- Have someone else review your resume, preferably someone in Career Services or an advisor.