Career Outlook

Solving Problems and Making Life Easier Through Computer Science

In today’s fast-paced world computer scientists are in demand more than ever thanks to an increasing reliance on computers and technology. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.BLS) predicts a 45% increase in employment opportunities for computer systems designs and related occupations in the 2008-18 decade.

The U.S. BLS projects that computer and mathematical science occupations will add almost 786,000 new jobs from 2008 to 2018, more than twice the average growth of all other occupations. Demand for workers in these occupations is being driven by the continuing need for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to adopt and utilize the latest technologies.

The widespread and increasing use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained, innovative workers with extensive theoretical expertise. As a graduate of the project-enriched Computer Science (CS) program at WPI, you’ll be uniquely prepared to enter this ground-breaking field. No matter what your interests are or where your passions lie, there is a problem waiting to be solved and a way to make life easier or better with computing.

You might help create the next generation of the Internet, design a new programming language, build systems that power e-commerce, implement software that protects people from electronic and physical threats, or start your own company that will be the next Google or Apple. Whatever you decide to do, a computer science degree from WPI will prepare you to be a leader in your field.

Our graduates continuously distinguish themselves in industry and academia. Employers value and seek out alumni of WPI’s Computer Science program because they know our graduates have the real-world experience to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact. Students in the CS program at WPI typically receive multiple job offers and most of them have accepted positions by the middle of their senior year.

If you plan to study computer science you are entering an exciting and rewarding profession:

  • According to CNN Money Magazine, Software Developer is the #1 job in a fast-growth field for 2011.
  • Computer systems design and related services are third on the list of industries with the most new jobs according to
  • MSN Careers puts computer science as the #2 best bet for jobs in 2012 and #1 in average salary.
  • A recent WPI study of Average Salary by Concentration reveals that Computer Science graduates have the highest starting salary of all WPI graduates, with BS recipients earning an average of $69,868 per year and MS and PhD recipients earning an average of $78,771 annually.
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Graduates of the Computer Science program at WPI are employed across business, government, industry and academia. The following are among the organizations employing CS alumni:

  • Cisco Systems
  • eBay
  • EMC Corporation
  • Fidelity
  • Google
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NASA
  • Netezza
  • Oracle/Sun Microsystems
  • Raytheon
  • Twitter
  • VistaPrint