#1. UND Computer Science graduates put their skills to work developing systems and software that help humans perform tasks that are either too complex or too repetitive in nature to be done by humans. For example, computer scientists develop systems for:
Multimedia & Games
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
#2. As a result of the world-wide demand for software in all industries, UND Computer Science graduates have gone on to careers all over the world and in all types of industries:
High-tech and communication companies such as:
Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Digi-Key, Unisys, Electronic
Data Systems, Echelon, Qwest, U.S. West, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard,
Cisco, Hitachi, Nokia, LSI Logic, Motorola, Verizon, Bull Worldwide, Meridian
Environmental Technology, and Lucent Technologies.
Defense contractors such as: BAE Systems,
Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, United Defense, Siemens,
Honeywell, Goodrich, Hughes Aircraft, General Dynamics, Boeing,
Northrop-Grumman, and United Space Alliance.
Airlines and Aviation companies such as: the FAA,
Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Federal Express.
Financial companies such as: JP Morgan Chase
Bank, TIAA-CREF, The Federal Reserve, Deutsche Bank, Principle Financial Group,
Wells Fargo Bank, American Express, Alerus Financial, Eide Bailly, Accenture, and U.S. Bank.
Energy companies such as: Exxon, Shell, Xcel
Energy, and Bently Nevada.
Multi-nationals companies such as: Dow, Cargill,
GE, Trane, Kimberly-Clark, 3M, and General Motors.
Entertainment/media companies such as: Forum
Communications, ABC Radio, Progress Casting Group, Amazon, Bally Gaming &
Systems, and Game Stop.
Colleges and universities such as: Mayville State University, North
Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Concordia College,
Jamestown College, Minot State University, and University of Texas.
Governments and National labs such as: State of
North Dakota, Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs, Naval Air Warfare Center,
USGS/Eros Data Center, NASA, and the USDA.
Medical companies and hospitals such as: Blue
Cross & Blue Shield, Medtronic, CIGNA Health, Altru Hospital, MeritCare Health Care, Mayo Clinic and Veterans Affairs.
Mercantile companies such as: Schwan's, Pamida, and Monaco Enterprises.
And many have gone on to graduate programs throughout the U.S.
#3. Computer Science graduates are among the highest paid and
have high levels of job satisfaction. Growth rates for computer scientists have
solidly exceeded the outsourcing rate and employment has exceeded the dot-com
boom, yet students listing computer science as a probable major have dropped by
70% because they perceive outsourcing as a threat. In fact, the shortage of
computer science graduates is becoming severe which promises excellent
opportunities for graduates. Consider the following facts:
Software engineers top the list of best jobs according to a Money
Magazine and a Salary.com survey based on the following
criteria: strong growth prospects, average pay of $80,500 and potential
In April 2006 more Americans were employed in information technology
(IT) than at any time in the nation's history (Chabrow, Eric.
InformationWeek.com. April 2006.).
According to the National Science Foundation, the need for science and
engineering graduates (including computer science) will grow 26%, or 1.25
million, between now and 2012. The number of jobs requiring technical
training is growing at five times the rate of other occupations. And,
according to multiple studies (Deagon, Brian. Investor's Business
Daily. May 2006.), U.S. schools are nowhere near meeting the
What about "outsourcing?" Truth is, only 2-3% of all computer science
jobs are being outsourced overseas and these tend to be the dull menial jobs.
And that number is more than offset by the number of new positions opening up
here in the U.S.
Computer Science powers the computers that drive the modern world. Computer
Scientists create new technology and improve old new technology. They design hardware
and software for everything from computers to cell phones to ipods to game consoles.
They create algorithms for computer animated movies and special effects, they
make it possible for the Mars rovers to safely navigate across a hostile planet,
they design the next generation of aircraft avionics, they drive innovation in
the sciences, and they are part of just about everything that touches our lives.
Computer scientists are not lone wolves. It's about being part of a
team that requires people with many skills.
Computer scientists do not have to be nerds. Computer scientists have
lives, friends, relationships and families. We even like cars and ride