Your degree in Computer Science

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Computer Science, you’re learning how to break down complex problems, understand how everything fits together, and propose creative solutions. You’re also developing important technical and professional skills that can be applied in a variety of industries from technology to politics, media, education, health care, earth sciences, and many others.

These skills may include:

  • Breaking down real-world, high-level problems into simpler components that can be solved and implemented on a computer
  • Computer coding for maintainable, reusable software
  • Debugging and testing of information technology systems
  • Evaluating the impact of design and implementation choices on computational resources such as time, space, and energy
  • Effectively communicating with stakeholders to map domain problems into computational solutions
  • Developing well-structured computer programs in multiple programming languages and at different scales
  • Adapting to new technologies, including computer programming languages, frameworks, and techniques

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including human resources, sales, social media, gaming, sustainability, hardware/software manufacturing, graphic design, engineering, health care, insurance, robotics, telecommunications, transportation, consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Artificial intelligence designer
  • Bioinformatician
  • Business analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Data scientist
  • Database administrator
  • Deep learning engineer
  • Graphical user interface designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Information systems manager
  • Information technology analyst
  • IT infrastructure architect
  • Machine learning scientist
  • Multimedia developer
  • Network support analyst
  • Product manager
  • Programmer analyst
  • Project manager
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Robotics technologist
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Software tester
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical sales representative
  • User experience designer
  • Video game developer
  • Website developer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Computer Science graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree.

Computer Science is also a part of a UBC Science specialization. Check out what you can do with a UBC Science degree or learn about other Science specializations.