Computer Science

  • Studying: 10%
  • Employed in graduate job: 50%
  • Employed in non-graduate job: 20%
  • Unemployed: 15%
  • Average graduate salary: £22,311
  • Average non-graduate salary: £15,370

Computer science/IT degrees vary widely in content but generally combine theoretical study and practical hands-on projects. Employers are interested in both the technical skills you have gained during your degree and the non-technical transferable skills. Consider the skills developed on your course as well as through your other activities, such as paid work, volunteering, family responsibilities, sport, membership of societies, leadership roles, etc. Think about how these can be used as evidence of your skills and personal attributes. Then you can start to market and sell who you really are, identify what you may be lacking and consider how to improve your profile. 


In 2010, six months after graduation, around two-thirds of computing/IT graduates were in employment. Around 16% were assumed not to be in employment. Of those graduates in full-time employment, around 40% were working as IT professionals.

Typical initial jobs for computing/IT graduates include graduate trainee and entry-level positions as programmers, web developers, help-desk support and consultants. First roles are often as junior members of project teams, with progression depending on individual circumstances.

Where are the jobs?

Many graduate entry-level positions can be found within the IT industry itself, and common employers are IT consultancies and IT service providers.
The IT departments of major organisations in the following sectors also employ IT graduates:

  • telecommunications;
  • aerospace and defence;
  • financial services (including investment banking and e-commerce);
  • retail;
  • public (including national and local government and higher education institutions);
  • third sector (including charities and voluntary organisations).

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) also have a wide range of opportunities.

Jobs directly related to your degree

A computer science degree will prepare you for working as a:

  • Database administrator
  • Information systems manager
  • IT technical support officer
  • Applications developer
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Network engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Games developer
  • Secondary school teacher

Jobs where your degree would be useful

You could also use your skills for roles such as:

  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer
  • Technical author 

Although some of the jobs listed here might not be first jobs for many graduates, they are among the many realistic possibilities with your degree, provided you can demonstrate you have the attributes employers are looking for. Bear in mind that it's not just your degree discipline that determines your options. Remember that many graduate vacancies don't specify particular degree disciplines, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

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