8 Entry-Level Computer Science Jobs that are ACTUALLY Hiring!

Entry Level Computer Science Jobs

In the past, you probably equated the term computer science with nerdy glasses, a dimly lit basement and lines and lines of confusing and complicated code. But we know this isn’t quite an accurate portrayal of today’s computer science professionals.

Technology is a booming industry, which is why you can now find computer science jobs in all shapes and sizes. There are jobs that cater to all sorts of skills and backgrounds—you just have to look!

“If you want to be an entrepreneur or you’re passionate about technology and developing products, a computer science background is definitely worthwhile,” says Sagi Gidali, CPO and co-founder of fast-growing cyber security SaaS startup, SaferVPN.

Curious as to which types of entry-level computer science jobs are out there? Keep reading for a brief introduction to eight exciting options.

As new devices come on the market and computers evolve, tech companies across the globe are looking to hire graduates with a fully-developed understanding of computer science under their belt. Curious which of these entry-level jobs are most common?

8 entry-level computer science jobs in high demand

We used real-time job analysis software to examine more than 300,000 entry-level computer science job postings from the past year.1 Below you’ll find the eight most common careers, along with a breakdown of what to expect from each position.

1. Software applications developers

Software applications developers analyze users’ needs and design and develop software to meet those needs. They must collaborate with other company stakeholders in order to design and enhance the program or application. They also typically oversee the work of computer programmers, technologists and technicians to ensure projects are running smoothly.

Median annual salary (2015): $98,2602

Projected growth (2014–2024): 14 percent

2. Computer user support specialists

Computer support specialists, sometimes called tech support or IT specialists, are tasked with answering questions from users about computer equipment or software. It’s their job to identify and solve software or hardware application problems in-person or via phone or email. They may also set up equipment, install programs and carry out minor repairs to hardware.

Median annual salary (2015): $48,6202

Projected growth (2014–2024): 12 percent

3. Computer systems analysts

Computer systems analysts are responsible for merging business and IT initiatives. They analyze data processing problems to improve computer systems, enhance system compatibility and develop procedures and quality standards. They must also consult with business leaders to determine the role of the IT system.

Median annual salary (2015): $85,8002

Projected growth (2014–2024): 14 percent

4. Web developers

Web developers design, build and maintain websites for clients and companies. They write or design website content and perform site updates and other maintenance. They must work closely with the client or internal team to prioritize needs, develop content and identify solutions.

Median annual salary (2015): $64,9702

Projected growth (2014–2024): 14 percent

5. Network systems administrators

Network systems administrators are responsible for keeping an organization’s computer network up to date and running smoothly. They maintain and administer computer networks, hardware and software. They also perform data backups or recovery and troubleshoot issues when needed.

Median annual salary (2015): $77,8102

Projected growth (2014–2024): 7 percent

6. Computer systems engineers

Computer systems engineers are tasked with creating solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues or network concerns. They must connect and communicate with clients about system needs and collaborate with software developers to identify appropriate design solutions. They also provide advice on project costs, design concepts or design changes.

Median annual salary (2015): $85,2402

Projected growth (2014–2024): 3 percent

7. Database administrators

Database administrators work as part of a project team to coordinate database development. They are responsible for writing and coding logical or physical database descriptions, specifying user access levels for each segment of database. They must also test programs and databases, correct errors and make necessary modifications.

Median annual salary (2015): $81,7102

Projected growth (2014–2024): 11 percent

8. Software quality assurance (QA) engineers

Software QA engineers document software defects, track bugs and report defects to software developers. They develop testing programs that address software scenarios, participate in product design reviews and provide input on program functions.

Median annual salary (2015): $85,2402

Projected growth (2014–2024): 3 percent

The demand is there—are you?

“The world has chosen a direction—one with technology at the heart of everything,” says Dmytro Moroz, digital marketing strategist at Kanbanize. “The choice is between leading or being lead.”

If you’re ready to lead in one of these entry-level computer science jobs, the good news is you don’t need years of experience to get started. You just need the practical knowledge and hands-on training acquired from a degree in computer science.

Learn how our program can help prepare you for success in our article: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Rasmussen College Computer Science Program.

1Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 318,336 computer science jobs required 0–2 years of experience, January 1, 2016–December 31, 2016).

2All information taken from the U.S. Department of Labor. Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in December 2014. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2017.



This piece of ad content was created by Rasmussen College to support its educational programs. Rasmussen College may not prepare students for all positions featured within this content. Please visit www.rasmussen.edu/degrees for a list of programs offered. External links provided on rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced. Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation.

Lauren is a freelance writer for Collegis education who writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She enjoys helping current and potential students choose the path that helps them achieve their educational goals.

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