Major Overview

Have you ever had a great idea for a computer program or smartphone app but didn't know how to create it? Major in Computer Software and Applications and you can make your ideas a reality.

Computer Software and Applications majors work to create, test, and develop new computer programs to meet customers' demands. They also work to maintain older software and ensure it runs properly. Through classes like computer engineering, computer science, game and interactive media design, software engineering, mathematics, and statistics, students will gain the skills to create unique and useful software.

While students have the option to major in general Computer Software and Applications, they can also specialize in areas, such as Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design, Data Modeling and Warehousing and Database Administration, Computer Graphics, and Virtual Environments and Simulation Modeling.

Required Skills

A strong background in computer programming is necessary for a career in Computer Software and Applications. Professionals must be familiar with codes and up to date on tools and computer languages. Analytical and problem-solving skills along with creativity are necessary when developing new software. Successful professionals also pay close attention to detail and have strong communication and customer service skills.

A career in Computer Software and Applications is a full time job. Professionals often work over 40 hours a week during the testing and development phases of projects. Most professionals work in an office setting.

Internships and summer jobs in this field are suggested because they will give students exposure to computer programming and give them hands-on experience working with software and applications.

Careers

Computer Software and Applications graduates are typically hired by software development companies or software publishers. Other graduates have gone on to work for computer and other electronic product companies. Due to the high demand of computer software along with the increase in smartphone applications use, the job market for Computer Software and Applications is increasing at a rate much faster than average. Graduates should not have a problem finding a job after graduation.

Computer Software and Applications have average starting and mid-career salaries of $42,542 and $74,289, respectively.

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Yearly Graduations
 4,560
Average Starting Salary
$42,542
Average Mid-Career Salary
$74,289

Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Computer Software & Applications might open up.

Computer Programmers
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Database Administrators
Graphic Designers
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Software Developers, Applications
Web Developers
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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