What a Degree in Computer Science Can Do For You in India


With most kinds of jobs becoming computerized and rapid breakthrough in artificial technology at an all time high, a degree in computer science technology holds enormous promise in the present age more than ever before.

India has been one of the most preferred destinations of leading technology organizations over the past few decades and the trend is increasing with each passing day as more companies are investing in Indian tech sector, supporting ‘Make in India’ campaign and eager to rope in Indian talent pool who have a strong track record in this domain.

India’s megacity Bangalore is termed as the Silicon Valley of the country as it is home to thousands of IT companies and it is therefore called “the Mecca for computer science graduates”.

Even though the IT sector is going through a rough patch amid the massive layoffs and pay cuts resorted by software firms such as TCS, Cognizant, Wipro, and Infosys, the value of a computer science degree has not lost its sheen. In reality, the job losses are the result of a mismatch between skills and the requirements of the upgraded process and it can only be overcome by building additional skills and being conversant with the upgraded process.

So students who are planning to pursue a computer science course or have successfully completed their course have a wide range of career prospects.

Usually computer science graduates opt for job roles from coding, testing, programming, software development and analysis in the software domain, otherwise, they choose roles in server management, database management, networking and system-security and product design and maintenance in the hardware and networking domains.

Thus, computer science degree offers more study options and career prospects in these areas:

Software and Product Testing: With increasing number of private technical colleges and engineering institutions offering a course in software and product testing, these two branches have emerged as sub-domains on their own. To carve a career in software testing, a student needs to have a robust command over software architecture, user interface design and programming languages.

Graphic Design and Animation: Students with a strong knack for sketching, drawing, fine arts, animation-art, cartoons and creative design can opt for graphic design and animation. Graphic designers and animators get a wide array of roles and responsibilities in the production and development of animation movies, video games, 3D films, to name a just few. It is not compulsory for aspiring animators and graphic designers to have a computer science degree, though it is an added advantage.

Cyber-Security and Ethical Hacking: Cyber-security and ethical hacking courses are always in demand and trained ethical hackers and cyber-security professionals with a computer science degree can draw a lucrative salary. The courses are particularly relevant at a time when the world is grappling with cyber-security threats such as WannaCry and the rampant hacking of bank accounts, electronic remittances, and websites.

Application Development: Computer science graduates can opt to become smartphone application developers as well as developers of different operating systems. Application development is not the only course for computer science graduates but it can be pursued by anyone with a passion for design and a keen eye for detail. There is a wide range of mobile phone applications covering topics from dating, personal finance, weather, health, games, news and media, and many more are developed from all around the globe.

Product Design: Computer science graduates can also opt for courses that will enable them to become product designers and work with the research development wing of software companies. Aspiring product designers are required to have a specialization in design and hardware technology.

Freshly graduated computer science students are hired by IT and software companies and draw an annual salary of Rs 270,000 to Rs 350,000 as initial cost-to-company packages. The value differs for students who have acquired specialized degrees from reputed institutions as well as from organization to organization. A majority of IT firms hire from the college campus with a ‘job clause’, which requires students to work a minimum period of two years with the firm.

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