Graduates of the software development program will be prepared for entry-level positions in many computer science-related disciplines.
Software developers typically work in a comfortable office environment or computer lab. A standard work week is 40-50 hours with occasional periods of longer hours when deadlines must be met or emergency repairs are needed. Those employed in this field most often enjoy full benefits packages from their employers along with a competitive salary. Computer science professionals spend a large amount of time sitting at a computer and therefore may develop computer-related ailments such as eyestrain, back pain and carpal tunnel.
Advancement in this field is directly related to both education and experience. Software development and Information Technology professionals must stay current with technology trends and software launches and updates, and employers like to see proof of their skills. In order to advance, professionals typically must earn a bachelor-level degree, and in some cases a master degree; careers in the research area of the computer science field require a Ph.D. Additionally, computer science professionals will benefit from obtaining different industry certifications throughout their career and may need to take a prep class or additional coursework geared toward passing the exam(s).