Austin's supply crunch for software developers was bad enough by September to prompt 25 Central Texas tech executives to fly to California in search of new talent.
Mobile applications and cloud computing are driving demand for new engineering grads
The typical vision of computer use may be a desktop PC or laptop in an office. But in actuality, any industry that requires fast communication, number crunching, data storage, high-speed graphics, or data analysis is bound to use computers and is therefore a likely source for computer careers. Computer careers are available in a wide range of industry sectors, including the military, criminal justice, education, communications, media, space exploration, construction, meteorology, medical research, and many more.
SmartMoney's unique "payback" survey of 50 top-priced schools shows which alumni are reaping rewards in the job market.
High paying jobs are available, but getting into a top program is becoming increasingly difficult.
Today it's almost assumed that computer science is a field set aside for nerdy men. Writing at the blog of the programming firm Fog Creek Software, Anna Lewis, the firm's recruiting director, says it isn't so. In fact, in 1987, 42% of American programmers were women -- and, for a period, programming was even considered "women's work."
An important catalyst driving women into the field of computer science is the concerted effort made by many schools to encourage women to do so. At the University of California, Berkeley, the director of diversity in the department of electrical engineering and computer science is spearheading a drive to get women into the field. The University of Texas hosts a free one-week camp for 60 high school girls called First Bytes.
Computer Science is the fourth most in-demand degree in today’s economy, according to a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) study, which asks employers to forecast their hiring intentions.
Texas cities claimed the top 6 positions in a study released by Forbes.com and NewGeography.com. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos came ranked fourth.
Those who major in computer science will typically make 50% more over the course of their lifetime than those who major in the humanities, arts, education or psychology.