One major, endless possibilities:
If you want to explore the science and the application of computing in every aspect of our modern life, then you can become a computer scientist. Study as a generalist or concentrate on such areas as software systems or multimedia, or take a joint major with other areas such as mathematics or philosophy.
For more information, visit the School of Computing Science website.
Skills You Will Develop
What are the Career Possibilities?
Potential Work Environments
You can advance your career in any work environment because you can build skills, gain experience and develop networks in a variety of settings, and locations. What if you are unable to land a position in your preferred career in your work place of choice? What else could you do and where could you add value to your potential career? You need not always aim for big corporations or government departments. Consider working in small to medium business and non-profit organizations. Your experience may help you get a clearer view of your preferred future, and along the way you are likely to acquire some interesting experience.
- Biomedical Firms
- Biotechnology and Energy Firms
- Chemical, Electronic, and Mechanical firms
- Computer/Hi Tech Industries
- Consulting Agencies
- Data and Information Processing Industries
- Educational Institutions
- Financial/Banking Industry
- Municipal, Provincial, and Federal Government
- Non-profit and Non-governmental Organizations
- Public and Private Organizations
- Research Institutions
- Robotics and Electronic Processing of Information
- Transformation and Transportation Industries
Related Professional Associations and Sites of Interest
Professional associations are a valuable resource for occupational research, and work search. The professional associations cited here may also offer career information, job boards, networking opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. They are invaluable in your career exploration in that they allow you to access a myriad of resources and publications, and link you to other sites of interest. Take action, do some research on these associations, and consider joining a professional organization. You never know who you might meet or where the affiliation might lead.
- Canada’s Association for IT Professionals (IPS)
- Canadian Association of Computer Science (CACS)
- Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA)
- Association of Professional Computer Consultants (APCC)
- BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA)
- Information Technology Association of Canada
- Society for Technical Communication
- The Digital Media Association – (DiMA)
- Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)
- Women in Communication and Technology (WCT)
- Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology
- T-Net British Columbia
- Vancouver’s Technological Community
- Vancouver Enterprise Forum
- Talent Egg: Technology Career Guide
Career Development and Work Search Resources
Occupational & Career Information
Whether you know what you want to do or you haven't yet made up your mind, you should take action to increase the odds of making choices that will benefit you. To help you get started, click the link below to learn about your "dream" career and other careers you may want to consider. Who knows, while exploring these resources you may broaden your knowledge about what's out there and open the door to other career possibilities. What you'll notice is that there is no one plan rather a range of options.