Why Study Computer Science
Why Computer Science?
Computer Science and Information Technology (IT) have a profound impact on modern life, playing a vital role in every key facet of society. Few developments in recent times can rival computer technology for the pace of its progress or the breadth of its application; it has become an indispensable tool in all areas of Business, Science and Engineering, and the cornerstone of a range of modern services.
Although computer technology underpins almost every aspect of our daily lives, many of us are unaware of the extent to which we depend on it. The degrees offered by Computer Science will provide students with an understanding of the principles of computer systems and a range of core IT skills. Students will acquire knowledge of the fundamental scientific principles that underpin today’s computing technologies, and the engineering skills required to apply those principles in practice.
Often, students are unaware of the vast range and variety of roles available in the computer science and information technology sector. A wide range of career opportunities is made possible by the extensive growth and application of computing in industry, commerce and science. Recent graduates have been recruited by financial institutions, management consultants, telecommunication organisations and many others. Starting salaries are extremely attractive and long-term prospects for such graduates are excellent with many proceeding to management level or starting their own enterprises.
The ICT sector in Ireland is a thriving and growing industry with 9 of the top 10 global ICT companies maintaining a presence in Ireland. This sector is one of the country’s most prevalent employers with over 75,000 people employed by ICT companies in Ireland. There are currently 5,400 ICT enterprises in Ireland, 233 of which are foreign owned. The sector is amongst the top three Irish growth industries, with both indigenous and international companies creating large bases in the country (www.ictireland.ie).
According to a press release in http://www.education.ie commenting on the reskilling for employment in growth sectors, while commenting on their findings, Minister Halligan said that “Springboard+ is a great example of education providers and employers working together to develop the talent required in the economy and changing people’s lives by giving them the chance to reskill to gain employment. This is reflected in the finding that just one-third of employed respondents had a previous employment history in their current sector.”