Rise in digital occupations due to pandemic makes computer science a fast-growing career

(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Flexibility and working from home are a few characteristics of the perfect job during the current global pandemic. A career in computer science can offer these benefits, along with a great salary and the opportunity for job advancement.

Texas State Technical College Computer Science program chair Javier Nieto discussed the advantages of studying for the career and shared his passion for it.

“Students don’t have issues finding jobs, especially if they are flexible,” he said. “(Computer) networking is one of the biggest markets, especially right now.”

The global crisis has made computer networks vital for essential workplaces, such as hospitals and clinics.

“Hospitals, for example, need to make sure that their networks are available and working to update patient information and input physician data,” he said. “Our computer networking students can get into these careers and be very well paid.”

With the number of such jobs increasing comes the need for qualified workers to fill them.

“The demand for this type of work and employees is huge,” Nieto said. “There are simply not enough people in computer science.”

Current circumstances have brought worry for many people unsure of the current employment outlook. An Associate of Science in Computer Science is a degree path that might ease the burden of worrying about what the future will look like.

“There are a lot of opportunities to work from home in this field,” he said. “Outside of the coronavirus, there are many jobs in computer science that are able to be done remotely. It’s a very flexible career that was not diminished because of the pandemic.”

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