Computer Science

Potential careers

Almost without exception, graduates from courses offered by this department progress into graduate level roles in various areas within the computer industry. This may be with major computer companies, or smaller, more specialised firms within the sector, or within the IT departments of companies whose core business is in another field.

The vast majority are in software development roles, where typical job titles are Software Engineer, Software Developer, Computer Programmer; a few work in IT consultancy, in web development or smart-phone applications development.

One or two graduates enter sectors other than computing, where their numeracy and analytical skills are in great demand, for example as a Trainee Auditor in an accountancy firm. In addition a number of students decide to continue their study to postgraduate level, taking up study in areas such as International Marketing and Management, Statistics and Web Journalism etc.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Computer science - What University of Sheffield Graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

Options with your subject - Computer science

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as software engineer or applications developer. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

What can I do with an IT degree?

This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

Other suggested vacancy sources