33 Interesting and Unique Careers in the Computer Science Field

29 Aug, 2011  |  Written by  |  under Computer Science Careers, Resources

If you plan to become a computer scientist, you are setting yourself up…for just about any career that demands the ability to learn information systems and their practical applications. This study can lead you into teaching positions as well as top executive positions. Or, you can head into mathematics and statistics. Or, you can go into design and eventually into public relations and advertising. This list of 33 interesting and unique careers in the computer science field shows that this career may be one of the most flexible careers around.

Computer Information Specialists

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  1. Computer and Information Systems Managers plan, coordinate, and direct research on the computer-related activities of firms.
  2. Computer Network Administrators set up, test, and evaluate systems such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, intranets, and other data communications systems.
  3. Computer Scientists conduct research on a wide array of topics.
  4. Computer Security Analysts coordinate planned security measures to protect information in computer files from accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction or disclosure.
  5. Computer Support Specialists provide technical assistance, support, and advice to individuals and organizations that depend on information technology.
  6. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns.
  7. Data Warehousing Specialists program and configure warehouses of database information and provide support to warehouse users.
  8. Database Administrators work with database management software and determine ways to store, organize, analyze, use, and present data.
  9. Database Architects are responsible for creating and managing the data aspects within a database architecture.
  10. Document Management Specialists implement and administer enterprise-wide document management procedures for the capture, storage, retrieval, sharing, and destruction of electronic records and documents.
  11. Information Technology Project Managers plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects as well as guide the work of technical staff.
  12. Operations Research Analysts formulate and apply mathematical modeling methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with policy formulation and other managerial functions.

Hands-On Computers

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  1. Computer Hardware Engineers research, design, develop, test, and oversee the installation of computer hardware. Computer hardware includes computer chips, circuit boards, systems, modems, keyboards, and printers.
  2. Computer Programmers create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
  3. Computer Systems Design and Related Services design computer and information systems, develop custom software programs, and provide computer facilities management services.
  4. Electronic Commerce Specialists work on behalf of a brands or companies to ensure efficiency in internet endeavors. Through the measuring of daily web traffic, e-commerce specialists are able to analyze sales data, and conduct online marketing initiatives like affiliate programs, paid ad placements or email promotions targeted at key demographics.
  5. Network Designers determine user requirements and design specifications for computer networks.
  6. Software Developers design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.
  7. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers oversee the quality of a piece of software’s development over its entire life cycle. They detect problems that exist in the process of developing the software, or in the product itself.
  8. Systems Administrators are responsible for maintaining system efficiency by ensuring that the design of an organization’s computer system allows all of the components, including computers, the network, and software, to work properly together.

Other Specialties

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  1. Geographic Information Systems Technicians convert information on maps, surveys and various other tools used by various professionals into data sources and information systems.
  2. Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists research and develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning or military intelligence.
  3. Telecommunications Specialists is a kind of computer administrator that works with telephones as they relate to computer systems.
  4. Video Game Designers is a person who designs gameplay, conceiving and designing the rules and structure of a game. Many designers start their career in testing department, where mistakes by others can be seen first-hand.
  5. Web Administrators manage Web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities and perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.
  6. Web Developers design, create, and modify Web sites as well as analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity.

Other Careers

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  1. Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers coordinate their companies’ market research, marketing strategy, sales, advertising, promotion, pricing, product development, and public relations activities.
  2. Engineering and Natural Sciences Managers plan, coordinate, and direct research, design, and production activities. They may supervise engineers, scientists, and technicians, along with support personnel.
  3. Engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems.
  4. Financial Managers oversee the preparation of financial reports, direct investment activities, and implement cash management strategies.
  5. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, and business problems.
  6. Statisticians apply their mathematical and statistical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments, the collection, processing, and analysis of data and the interpretation of experiments and survey results.
  7. Top Executives devise strategies and formulate policies to ensure that these goals and objectives are met.