Does the idea of a career in computing appeal to you? In this post we will be diving into everything you need to know to help you decide if a role in computer science is the right one for you.

What are computer careers?

The terms computer or computing careers umbrellas a wide range of professions that all revolve heavily around the use of computers and technology. From data analysis to software development, there are a number of careers within the computing industry to suit everyone and due to the continuous growth in technology, these roles tend to be in high demand.

What careers can computing lead to?

If you aren’t sure what particular avenue you want to take when it comes to your computing career, it’s important to keep in mind that courses in computer science and programming can still be beneficial. These courses will be able to provide you with knowledge and skills that can be transferable to a number of specific careers within the industry. 

Some computing careers include:

  • Software Engineering
  • App Development
  • Games Development
  • Web Development
  • Cyber Security
  • UX Design
  • AI Engineering
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Science & many more

“Many of us rely on computers and the internet to fulfil our daily duties, whether these are for professional or social reasons. Studying subjects aligning to the development of technologies and computing science is pertinent to ensure advancements continue to change and shape the world for the better.

These types of courses can provide important skills, knowledge, and insight to support those looking to advance their education further to university level.” – Gemma Standen, the Widening Participation Officer at the University of East Anglia

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is the name given to the study of computer processes and principles, this includes exploration of computer applications (apps), hardware, software and more. Studying Computer Science can lead to a number of careers, including those listed above.

“Jobs in computer science primarily relate to the research, installation and use of both computers and data relating to computers. The majority of computer science jobs require a degree in a relevant field, such as computer science, programming, software engineering or computing. To work in computer science, it’s useful to have an understanding of computer-related systems, such as coding and algorithms.”Indeed

Which Computer Science career is right for me?

There are a number of things to consider when trying to decide which avenue of the computer science industry is right for you. Your career choice depends on personal choice, your values, your interests and skills. 

It’s advantageous to ask yourself what career path will feel most aligned to you. Do you see yourself creating and developing software to help people improve their lives? Do you enjoy diving into complex problems to solve?

Take the time to explore your options. There are a number of career descriptions you can find on the National Careers Service website to help you find the right fit for you.

Is Computer Science high paying?

One of the most asked questions for those considering studying computer science is around pay. After investing the time and effort to study such a complex subject, it’s understandable that students would want to feel confident in knowing financial security when meeting their career goals.

Thankfully, computer science is generally considered to be a high-paying and financially secure field. As technology is continuously in demand and developing, it’s expected that the computing industry will continue to offer competitive salaries and job opportunities.

How do I learn Computer Science?

In order to head towards a career in computer science, it’s key to gain an understanding of many elements. A course that covers concepts such as coding and data basics will be beneficial when starting your journey. After getting to grips with the basics, a more in depth course at a university level will provide you with a wealth of knowledge and help you specialise within the industry.


If you are considering a career in the exciting world of computing, NEC now offer two new courses for beginners looking to explore the computing industry. These include IGCSE Computer Science and Level 2 Programming for Beginners with Python.

If you want to know more about how NEC can help kickstart your career, get in touch today and speak to a member of our friendly team. 

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