Behind every computer, tablet, and smartphone screen, at the heart of every digital device, and deep inside every piece of software is the work of generations of computer scientists. These professionals are responsible for inventing the technologies that shape our future.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts that jobs for computer and information research scientists will increase by 16% between 2018 and 2028, which is much faster than the average growth forecast for all occupations.
Despite this, many people are unsure about what computer science is. This guide describes the training and experience required to become a computer scientist and the computer science skills that are in greatest demand. It also explores how computer science compares to computer engineering and information technology, and the many different career options available to computer scientists.