About Us | ComputerScience.org
November 11, 2020 | Staff Writers
At ComputerScience.org, we provide encouraging, useful information to empower our users to pursue their education and career dreams. We make it our business to save our users time and energy by collecting and condensing a comprehensive array of information on computer science programs and careers.
Prospective students turn to us for help in determining their career goals and related educational needs. Our degree guides and ranking pages help these users find high-quality academic programs that fit their needs and goals. Both students and graduates use our career guides and resources, based on data we derive in part from machine learning and big data analysis. This data-driven guidance alerts students and job-seekers to computer science trends and opportunities.
We aim to inspire and educate problem-solvers and independent thinkers to pursue technical career paths and fulfill their potential within the dynamic computer science realm.
The page below discusses our content, methodology, and mission, explaining the resources we provide, how we source our information, and why we focus on education.
What We Do
ComputerScience.org serves past, present, and future computer science students and professionals by providing school and career resources. Our offerings include degree program descriptions and rankings, continuing education and student resources, and career overviews, which feature interviews with experienced industry professionals. This content helps computer science students and professionals make informed, efficient choices suited to their aspirations, interests, and lifestyles.
Our degree guides help students quickly understand the typical prerequisites, concentrations, courses, and career paths associated with specific degrees. Our comparisons of similar degree types encourage students to find the best programs for their needs and preferences.
We at ComputerScience.org know that choosing from the computer science schools available can prove daunting, so we also provide data-driven rankings of academic programs to help prospective students quickly identify and compare key features of the nation’s best computer science programs. We also highlight student resources, including financial aid and scholarships, which prove useful to current and future students.
Our site aspires to offer comprehensive coverage of the computer science discipline and fields, so we strive to publish content about the tech industry and career information for students and graduates to use as they establish their career goals. Our many career guides offer thorough overviews of the paths available to computer science graduates at various degree levels.
These guides describe key duties, skills, and steps for various computer science professions. Users also find salary and job outlook information based on factors including location, credentials, and industry context.
To help bring these career paths to life for our users, we feature interviews and real-world guidance from industry professionals and computer science academics. We also connect students and professionals with continuing education resources, including tutorials and skill-building tools. Our site also compiles information geared specifically toward women in computer science, offering relevant discussion and career tips for those trying to break into the field.
How We Work
ComputerScience.org saves aspiring and current computer science professionals and students considerable time and effort by gathering, analyzing, and condensing relevant information into a central hub of user-friendly resources. To provide the most comprehensive, current, and accurate information, we draw from diverse perspectives and reliable data sources.
Our professional interviews, career pages, and degree guides often incorporate perspectives from current computer science students, graduates, and professionals. We consult industry experts for insight into current and future trends and opportunities emerging in various computer science fields. By synthesizing these perspectives with findings from educational research authorities, we ensure that our analysis rests on findings from large, representative data sets.
ComputerScience.org’s major data sources include the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). A U.S. Department of Labor bureau, the BLS serves as the federal government’s primary labor economics and statistics research agency. ComputerScience.org consults the BLS for data on salaries, projected job outlooks, requirements, and duties for specific computer science careers.
When composing our school and program descriptions and rankings, the team at ComputerScience.org draws from the ED’s college scorecard. The scorecard gathers and presents key educational institution performance data, including graduation rates, median debt, and annual cost. It also provides field-specific student outcomes data, such as salaries, graduation rates, and total debt for graduates of a given field of study.
We also consult the NCES, the ED’s primary educational research agency. The NCES provides data on various student outcomes and financial aid rates at educational institutions. It helps the ED’s Institute of Educational Sciences ensure compliance and transparency in areas such as school performance surveys and reporting.
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Why We Focus on Education
ComputerScience.org seeks to help users discover or reawaken their interest in computer science and pursue or advance technical or management careers in this lucrative, growing field.
We know that finding and qualifying for the right computer science program may prove difficult without expert guidance. Our content encourages prospective students to consider diverse factors such as degree type, curriculum, location (on-campus or online), and price tag. Curricular focus and concentration offerings differ by program, so we highlight this variety and provide nuanced guidance for choosing programs aligned with each student’s individual goals.
ComputerScience.org also works to enhance educational access and economic mobility by providing helpful resources for working adults trying to return to school and/or advance their careers. We help busy, working adults find part-time programs featuring asynchronous, online attendance, which facilitates continuing education after work hours.
By providing information on financial aid, scholarships, and continuing education resources, we support students in finding affordable ways to learn.
Many computer science careers boast lucrative salaries and positive job outlooks, and our resources support users in taking advantage of opportunities in this rapidly growing field. Median annual salaries for computer and information technology occupations range from $55,000-$123,000, so computer science education often proves a worthwhile investment.
Obtaining an advanced education in computer science often results in positive outcomes, such as promotion, salary advancement, career transition, and increased job prospects. Students who pursue the right computer science degrees and/or careers enjoy prosperity, security, and job satisfaction. ComputerScience.org skillfully connects users with concise, accurate information that helps in realizing these positive outcomes.
Meet Our Contributors
Kathleen Swed is a full-time writer living in New York’s Capital Region. She holds an MFA with a concentration in fiction from Pacific University as well as degrees in music from the University of Maine and Ithaca College. She is the author of several science fiction series, which she writes under the name of Kate Sheeran Swed.
Melissa Sartore holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her BA and MA in history are from Western Illinois University. A medievalist by training, she has published on outlawry in medieval England with additional publications on outlaws in popular culture and across geographic and historical boundaries. She also writes for several online outlets, notably Ranker.com, and provides her own sarcastic take on historical events at History According to Snark.
As a former teacher and tutor, Reese Lopez draws on over a decade of experience in the education field to inform his writing. After earning his BA in English from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, he instructed English language learners and tutored students at the high school and college level before joining ComputerScience.org. Reese lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also writes fiction and is active in the city’s local music scene.
Holland’s goal as a writer is to put storytelling elements to work for businesses with great ideas. In addition to writing content for ComputerScience.org and serving as a featured writer on Compose.ly, he has written web content for a major hotel chain with locations in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Holland’s other clients have included Sweet Fish Media, Indri Digital, and BioNetwork. He specializes in crafting content for education marketing, B2B technology companies, and nonprofits. He also cohosts a podcast called The Afterword, which looks at the intersection of macrotrends and storytelling.
Doug Wintemute is a Toronto-based freelance writer with professional writing interests in higher learning and entertainment. He completed his BA and MA in English at York University, graduating summa cum laude and earning academic merit, research, and writing awards at both levels. Since 2014, he has contributed content and editorial work for award-winning digital trade publications, global SEO copywriting projects, and hugely popular online brands. Contact him on LinkedIn.
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