The Careers Spot
Careers in Computer Science
Learning to code will equip you for a future where digital technologies will drive nearly every aspect of daily life.
Across the world, computer science graduates are already working in the jobs that will be in high demand in the future – from creating games and movies, to delivering life-saving health programs or revolutionising the banking system.
An estimated 40% of roles people do today (about 5 million jobs in Australia) will be replaced by technology in the next decade, according to a 2015 report by the committee for economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
Computer scientists combine their coding skills with interests in business, finance, health, art, science, politics, fashion and law – to name a few. They are working on developments like the first human mission to Mars, a vaccine for Ebola, ways to explore the ocean’s depths, tacking tsunamis and cyclones, and designing clothes that automatically adjust to the weather.
In the future, whilst many jobs will disappear through automation, other opportunities will arise. Machine-learning algorithms will replace jobs in bookkeeping, retail and finance, but demand for people to design 3D-printing templates and create agricultural solutions will be high. The next few years will see huge growth in wearable technology (Fitbit and the like) and the ‘Internet of Things’. Agriculture is also ripe for digital disruption.
Institutions which offer degrees in computer science are RMIT, Monash University, La Trobe University, Deakin University and Swinburne University.
Careers: Data analyst, software engineer, web developer, user experience designer, business intelligence consultant, information security specialist, enterprise resource planning consultant, SAP/ABAP specialist, software developer, information technology auditor, technology manager, database developer.