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Old 12-14-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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On a scale of 1 to 10 can people rate it in these areas?

Job security
Salary
Potential for entrepreneurship(heard comp sci majors make small businesses a lot, is this true?)
Use to society
Happiness

I'm thinking about majoring in it. I might go for SE though instead of just programming. I would need a masters for that though right?
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Security: 8/10 (risk of outsourcing to India and such)
Salary: 10/10
Entrepreneurship: Not sure, I think that has more to do with the individual
Use to society: 10/10, computers are our world now.
Happiness: Again, has to do with the individual
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:39 PM
 
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Security: 8/10 (risk of outsourcing to India and such)
Salary: 10/10
Entrepreneurship: Not sure, I think that has more to do with the individual
Use to society: 10/10, computers are our world now.
Happiness: Again, has to do with the individual
Excellent assessment!

Kind of waitimg to what other posters would say since the OP is brand-new.

My daughter found all of the above to be true, PLUS grad school was completely funded. Sweet, huh?

If you loooove it, go for it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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I don't really know if I'll love it, but I can't see my self doing anything else besides CS or engineering. It's not just about the money, but I just think that technology is interesting.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:18 PM
 
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Job security 9/10 - rising demand continues to outpace outsourcing
Salary 9/10 - solid (even for new grads) especially in relation to hours and education reqs
Potential for entrepreneurship 8/10 - potentially very low startup costs
Use to society 10/10
Happiness - to each their own, it has been a great career for me
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: League City
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If you have a penchant for continuous learning, and you enjoy applying creativity, then this is about as good a choice as you can make. There are so many applications of computer science - from working in oil and gas, to working for NASA, working in a research department for a cancer hospital, working in a school district supporting infrastructure, making web sites, working on open source projects for fun and for the benefit of everyone, etc.

On the flip side, be vigilant of the direction of your career. Computer science changes VERY rapidly and you can get pigeonholed in obsolete technology. Also some places have high turnover.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:47 PM
 
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Rating the major would depend on the school/program. While they all may cover the basics, some will be more rigorous and some will "specialize" in a particular area or two in order to stand out from the crowd. CS from MIT, WPI, Cal Tech, et. al. would be different than CS from Joe's Podunk State. Some schools/departments just expect more from their students than others.

But, in general:

Security: 7/10. There will always be a need, but there will always be be plenty of willing employees. I suppose it really depends on what aspect you do for employment.
Salary: 7/10. There is the potential to make big bucks; or peanuts.
Entrepreneurship: 10/10. Anyone can start their own business, CS majors are no different.
Use to society: 10/10. I think this goes without saying.
Happiness: 6/10. It really depends on the individual and where they end up working. I have a few friends who were CS majors that went into robotics. They absolutely love it. I have another friend who ended up working for an on-line trading company. He makes good money, but I wouldn't say that he is exactly thrilled about his job. Doesn't hate it, though. An ex GFs mom makes bank, six figures, but she has 13 years experience and has moved into a project manager position. Honestly, I think she hates it (but loves the money), or at least hates the people she works over. She claims they are lazy (because of job security reasons). Then I know a few people who either never really found a decent job, or ended up doing up other things.
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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Get a security clearance somehow, that way you can do jobs that require them.
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:31 PM
 
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I don't know many software developers who make peanuts. I mean I'm sure there are some but median salaries for the field demonstrate the the majority make pretty good money.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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I heard that good Comp Sci majors can make like 80k starting out. Is that what SE make or programmers?
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