Your degree in Computer Science

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 health care, earth sciences, and many others.

These skills may include:

  • Ability to break 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
  • Evaluation of the impact of design and implementation choices on computational resources such as time, space, and energy
  • Effective communication with stakeholders to map domain problems into computational solutions
  • Development of well-structured computer programs in multiple programming languages and at different scales
  • Adaptation to new technologies, including computer programming languages, frameworks, and techniques

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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 specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Computer Science website
Check out career workshops, volunteer and mentorship opportunities, job postings, co-op info, and more.

UBC Computer Science Student Society
Meet other UBC students with similar interests through events and volunteering.

ePortfolio Competition
Enter your online portfolio displaying your technical skills and projects in term 2 for a chance to win great prizes.

Western Canada’s largest hackathon
Participate in a hackathon in term 2 and meet industry professionals at nwHacks.

UBC Launch Pad
Meet other tech enthusiasts in this student-run software engineering team.

UBC Sport Programming Team
Challenge yourself alongside other students in an international algorithmic programming competition.

UBC Innovative Designs for Accessibility
Develop an innovative concept or design that addresses everyday accessibility issues.

UBC Technical Career Fair
Network with some of the top tech employers in the world in term 2.

UBC Emerging Media Lab
Attend a workshop or become a volunteer in emerging technologies, such as virtual reality.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

ACM Student Research Competition
Present your original research at this international student conference in term 2 and receive cash prizes and awards

Mitacs Globalink Research Award
Apply to participate in 12 to 24-week research projects overseas.

Girls in Tech Vancouver
Attend bootcamps, events, and hackathons, inclusive of all women, men, nonbinary, gender-fluid, and genderqueer people.

#BCTECHSummit
Attend the conference, do some industry networking, or join an innovation challenge in term 2.

Major League Hacking
Check out upcoming hackathons and job opportunities.

Global Game Jam Vancouver
In term 2, attend the largest game jam event taking place around the world.

BC Game Jam
Join other developers and game enthusiasts to create video games based on a given theme in term 2.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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