Why Digital Sciences?

The career outlook for Digital Sciences graduates, like many computer specialists, is very bright! Graduates hold a wide range of jobs and are employed in a variety of different job sectors. Moreover, the career outlook is excellent for the next decade.

New Job Growth

According to occupational employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer-related occupations are projected to be responsible for 66 percent of all job growth in science and engineering between 2012 and 2022. Computing occupations will grow twice as fast as the average for all occupations, and will account for more than 650,000 new jobs nationally between 2010-2020.  There will be over four times more new jobs for computer specialists than all fields of engineering combined.

Job Prospects in Northeastern Ohio

Computer specialists are needed in many job sectors.  While software and technology companies certainly need computer specialists, virtually any large corporation needs web developers, interaction designers, network administrators, solution architects, computer systems analysts, information technology managers, etc.

In Northeast Ohio, companies employing computer specialists include:

  • Software — Hyland, MRI, BrandMuscle, Virtual Hold, Explorys, …
  • Banks — KeyCorp, FirstMerit, PNC, Huntington, …
  • Insurance — Progressive, Westfield, Allstate, …
  • Industry — FirstEnergy, Sherwin-Williams, Rockwell Automation, Timken, Diebold, Parker Hannifin, Eaton, …
  • Automotive — General Motors, Ford, Goodyear, Bridgestone, …
  • Healthcare — Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health System, MetroHealth System, Akron Children’s Hospital, …
  • Retail — Giant Eagle, J.M. Smucker, Nestle, Pepsi, Jo-Ann Stores, …
  • Services — Ernst & Young, Davey Tree, Time Warner Cable, FedEx, UPS, Kent State University, ...

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A Digital Sciences degree can open the door to many career opportunities, including:

SALARIES FOR COMPUTING OCCUPATIONS (2012 MEDIAN PAY)

  • $102,190 — Researcher Scientists
  • $93,350 — Software Developers
  • $91,000 — Computer Network Architects
  • $86,170 — Information Security Analysts
  • $79,680 — Computer Systems Analysts
  • $77,080 — Database Administrators
  • $74,280 — Computer Programmers
  • $72,560 — Network & System Administrators
  • $62,500 — Web Developers
  • $48,900 — Computer Support Specialists

Source: Computer and Information Technology Occupations