Computer science is a competitive field with tremendous job growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in computer and information technology will grow 12% between 2014 and 2024. With evolving and emerging technologies changing the digital landscape, it's more important than ever to have the skills and credentials necessary to stand out and gain access to advanced positions with higher rates of pay.

Computer Science Industry Growth

As the field of computing continues to expand, so do the opportunities for jobs you can get with a computer science degree. Exciting innovations and a growing number of online devices mean that opportunities are available in nearly every industry. Forbes suggests that the technological revolution will increase the number of job opportunities for individuals with a strong background in computer science significantly. Upcoming technological advances include:

  • Financial Automation: The coming years may bring automation to the banking industry, giving new opportunities to computer professionals.
  • Bigger, Big Data: Nearly every industry will begin relying more on big data and their algorithms, which offer optimal speed and efficiency for everything from geographic location finding to data storage.
  • Mobile Growth Explosion: People around the globe are becoming increasingly mobile, with 4 out of 5 people shopping on their phones. For an idea of the growth in this area, consider this: today, 2.6 billion people use smartphones. By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 6.1 billion.
  • The Emergence of the Internet of Everything: From smart appliances to smart homes, the Internet of Things is predicted to grow rapidly. Beginning in 2017, a wave of job growth should continue energetically as more and more physical "things" become connected.

Computing Skills That Are In-Demand

Considering all the exciting changes happening in the technological world, if you want to work in IT, you need the skills to compete. Some of the most in-demand computing skills include:

  • Programming
  • Experience with clouds like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure
  • Big Data development and design
  • Web development
  • Penetration testing
  • Distributed computing
  • Computer networking, including with non-traditional computing devices
  • Defense-in-depth cyber security controls

How Can You Gain the Skills You Need?

Although you can acquire many valuable skills with hands-on experience, the combination of outcome-based learning, hands-on experience and personalized education you get from a Master's degree curriculum will build a strong foundation for you to launch or to continue your career. With its flexible curriculum and convenient offerings, Lewis University’s online M.S. in Computer Science program enables you to tailor and pursue your degree and create a focused plan for your future that will help you keep up with the demands of this evolving digital world. Available concentrations include Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Enterprise and Cloud Computing, and Software Engineering.

Learn more about the degree program, and get started in furthering your education by calling (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselors or request for more information.