What can I do with my degree?
Degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Mathematics can lead to high-paying professional careers. Graduates report a high level of job satisfaction and a wide variety of opportunities.
Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. Computer information systems managers plan, coordinate, direct research and design the computer-related activities of firms. Computer scientists solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the individual needs of an organization. (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005)
Missouri Western graduates are currently pursuing careers as actuaries, financial analysts, software engineers, operations researchers, systems administrators and teachers. Other careers with these degrees include web design, networking database design, game development and positions in the field of finance or statistics. Many graduates have continued their studies to earn advanced degrees in their fields.
Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. Mathematicians need good reasoning ability and persistence in order to identify, analyze, and apply basic principles to technical problems. Communication skills are important, as mathematicians must be able to interact and discuss proposed solutions with people who may not have an extensive knowledge of mathematics.
Persons interested in jobs as computer software engineers must have strong problem-solving and analytical skills. They also must be able to communicate effectively with team members, other staff, and the customers they meet. Because they often deal with a number of tasks simultaneously, they must be able to concentrate and pay close attention to detail.
Is there a demand for graduates in these fields?
Yes! Highly favorable opportunities are expected for college graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering or computer science and with practical work experience, and computer software engineers are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the 2002–12 period.
Employment of actuaries (Math major) is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012. Employment opportunities should remain good for those who qualify.
Increased investment by businesses and individuals is expected to result in faster-than-average employment growth of financial analysts and personal financial advisors through 2012. Both occupations will benefit as baby boomers save for retirement and as a generally better-educated and wealthier population requires investment advice.
Overall, employment of postsecondary teachers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2012.
(Excerpted from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005).