Almost 87% of University of Newcastle computer science graduates are in full-time work within four months of finishing their degree*.
* 2007 Australian Graduate Survey
Where do we find computer scientists?
Computer science graduates work in businesses across the world, including software development companies, financial institutions and banks, government departments and research organisations. In these businesses, their roles vary, with common tasks encompassing programming, systems analysis, systems design and the management of computer resources.
Careers in computer science
Computer science graduates can gain jobs in a wide range of fields. Some career opportunities include:
- systems, networks or database engineering and administration
- software systems development for business and engineering
- internet web engineering
- computer games development
- graphics and animation development for movies and TV
- development and enhancement of defence and security systems
- projects in bio-informatics, the human genome, and health
- development of adaptive robotics systems
- health informatics.
Graduates can expect starting salaries in the mid-$40,000 range, and after one year many graduates receive total packages of around $60,000 or more. With demand at a high in Australia, and around the world, employment prospects are excellent. The Bachelor of Computer Science program at the University of Newcastle is professionally accredited, and prepares you for employment anywhere in the world with no further study required.
Areas of employment after graduation are extensive and offer great flexibility. Graduates might begin their careers as software programmers in industry, commerce or government departments, move on to be systems managers responsible for how computer systems are used by business or government, or become systems engineers or sales people in computer companies and software houses.
Computer science is challenging, exciting, rapidly developing and changing.