About Us | ComputerScience.org
Updated September 1, 2022 | ComputerScience.org Staff
Who We Are
At ComputerScience.org, we provide encouraging, useful information to empower our readers to pursue their educational and career dreams. We make it our business to save our readers 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 students find high-quality academic programs that fit their needs and goals. Both students and graduates benefit from our career guides and resources, which are 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.
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 prepare students to find the best programs for their needs and preferences.
Choosing a computer science school may prove daunting. We provide data-driven rankings of academic programs to help prospective students 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 information on the computer science discipline and fields. We strive to publish content covering the tech industry, plus career information for students and graduates to use as they establish their professional 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 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 compiles information geared specifically toward women in computer science, as well, offering relevant discussion and career tips for those trying to break into the field.
How We Work
ComputerScience.org saves prospective 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, along with emerging opportunities in various computer science fields. We synthesize these perspectives with findings from educational research authorities to make sure our analyses rest 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.
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 knowledgeable guidance. Our content encourages prospective students to consider 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 professionals who want 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-$127,000, so computer science education often proves a worthwhile investment.
Advanced computer science education often results in positive outcomes, such as promotion, salary advancement, career transition, or increased job prospects. Students who obtain the right computer science degrees and/or careers enjoy substantial compensation, security, and job satisfaction. ComputerScience.org presents users with concise, accurate information to help them achieve these outcomes.
Meet Our Contributors
Located across the U.S., our accomplished freelance writers come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. As contributors to ComputerScience.org, our writers work to craft informative, accessible content that meets the most pressing needs of computer science students and professionals.
ComputerScience.org contributors research and write degree guides, career guides, state guides, and resource pages. To ensure content accuracy, they work closely with in-house copy editors and use authoritative sources to inform their writing. Each writer on our team shares a passion for supporting computer science students and professionals throughout their careers.
Mary Blowers | Amy Boyington | Brit Brogaard | William Capella | Nina Chamlou | Victoria Leigh | Reese Lopez | Vanesha McGee | Ashley Reid | Melissa Sartore | Liz Simmons | Kathleen Swed | Sara Walters | Holland Webb | Audrey Webster | Cynthia Widmayer | Margi Williams | Meg Whitenton | Doug Wintemute
Mary Blowers holds an MA in literature and a BA in secondary English education from Central Washington University. Her literary specializations include feminist, gender, and popular culture studies of American modernism. Mary also writes about education, travel, and money management. In addition to ComputerScience.org, she is published on several online outlets including TeachingDegree.org, Nurse Practitioner Schools, Million Mile Secrets, Bankrate, Safety.com, and The Simple Dollar.
Amy Boyington is a freelance writer specializing in education and parenting content. She holds an associate degree in education and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Phoenix. Amy has developed educational content and newsletters for schools and parents, and her work has appeared in publications like The Old Schoolhouse and Niche. She has also been featured as a top Academic Education Writer on ClearVoice.
Brit Brogaard is a writer based in Miami, Florida. She has prior writing experience as a freelancer, essayist, and content writer. In her spare time, she likes to watch The Office for the umpteenth time and walk her dog, James, on the beach.
Will Capella is a freelance writer based out of Southwest Ohio and a former section editor for The Evansville Review. He holds a bachelor of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Evansville and over the past 2.5 years has written career guides and articles about cars and AI. When he's not working, he finds new quotes and newspaper clippings to hang on his office wall.
Nina Chamlou is a Portland, Oregon native with a passion for creating relevant content that every reader can understand. She has written about higher education, healthcare, social justice issues, aviation, and technology. You can find her floating around the Pacific Northwest's funky cafes and observing the locale from behind her Macbook.
Victoria Leigh is a professional writer and entrepreneur based in South Texas. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University. Victoria holds a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in music. When not writing, Victoria plays social media manager and personal assistant to her internet-famous dog, Nelson the bull terrier.
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.
Vanesha McGee is a full-time writer living in Denver, Colorado. She holds an MS.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Temple University. Vanesha has 10 years of experience as an educator and five years of professional writing expertise. She is also a photographer and poet, producing creative pieces that uplift stories of the Black community.
After studying architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, Ashley Reid discovered that writing was more her passion. She has written and edited professionally for over seven years. Ashley has a diverse portfolio that includes creating curricula and editing novels. She is currently pursuing a degree in elementary and special education at Grand Canyon University with hopes of using her expertise to serve impoverished communities.
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.
Liz Simmons is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience. She specializes in higher education, history, and culture. Liz holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado and master’s degrees in urban studies (Portland State University) and library and information science (the University of British Columbia). She lives in Denver with her family.
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.
Sara Walters holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Florida, where she also earned her BA in English. Sara's first young adult novel, The Violent Season, is out in October 2021, with a second novel to follow in the fall of 2022. You can find her at saradoesthings.com.
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 co-hosts a podcast called "The Afterword," which looks at the intersection of macrotrends and storytelling.
Audrey Webster is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017 with a bachelor of arts in English and has been professionally writing for over four years. Her writing specialties include education, wellness, and travel. In addition to writing, Audrey spends her time rock climbing, traveling, and reading.
Cynthia Widmayer is a Midwest-based business writer helping small enterprises, solopreneurs, and creatives tell their brand story with engaging web content since 2013. Her bylines can be found in Bankrate, Metacritic, CNET, and The Simple Dollar, among others. She has a background in mass communication, and is an adult romance novelist on the side.
Margi Williams is an evolving writer and researcher with a keen interest in labor market trends and career development. For 12 years Margi helped thousands of individuals and families build strengths-based careers by embracing career resilience practices. She regularly writes training guides, blog posts, articles, and scholarly works to promote equitable work practices. Margi holds a master of science degree in industrial organizational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies.
Megan Whitenton received her bachelor of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts and holds more than a decade of experience as an art educator. She worked in web marketing and public relations for major arts organizations. She also produces dynamic web content for fields including higher education, the visual arts, and healthcare. A staff writer since 2012, she is among Red Ventures Education's most veteran content contributors.
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.
Meet Our Reviewers
Unlike our freelance writing team, reviewers do not directly write copy that appears on our site. Instead, reviewers contribute to ComputerScience.org by providing feedback that helps shape and solidify the direction of our content. Reviewers serve as an additional means to verify accuracy and maintain your trust as a reader.
Professionals in our Freelance Review Network specialize in various fields of computer science, financial aid, college admissions, and/or anti-bias practice. Pulling from first-hand industry knowledge and experience, reviewers aid in our content editing process by:
- Suggesting changes to resolve inaccurate or misleading information
- Providing specific feedback and corrections before an article's publication
- Identifying where writers may have missed critical information
Reviewers are paid for their contributions to ComputerScience.org. To determine whether an article has undergone review by a member of our review network, look for their bio at the bottom of the page.
Angelique Geehan works to support and repair the connections people have to themselves and their families, communities, and cultural practices. A queer, Asian, gender-binary, nonconforming parent, Geehan founded Interchange, a consulting group that offers anti-oppression support. She organizes as part of several groups, including National Perinatal Association's Health Equity Workgroup, the Health and Healing Justice Committee of the National Queer and Trans Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance, QTPOC+ Family Circle, and Batalá Houston.