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Shaping the future
In a world that increasingly relies on computers to run it, the need for graduates with computer science skills has never been greater.
And for those students considering studying in this arena, there’s a world of opportunity out there for them to exploit.
Not only will those skills make a real impact in shaping the world, they are required (and valued!) across a range of sectors and careers. From entrepreneurial start-ups to governments, the demand for these skills goes beyond the traditional fields of years gone by.
And computer science jobs are growing at a far greater rate than other degrees. According to the American Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science careers will grow by 12 per cent in the decade to 2024. That’s almost double the growth rate for other fields.
So, choosing a computer science degree is a good bet to have a range of options when you enter the world of work.
Where to study
In terms of where the best universities are to study computer science, two countries dominate the world university rankings: United Kingdom and United States. The top three of Stanford, MIT and University of Oxford have all produced groundbreaking work in the development of computers, so good English skills are needed to compete at the highest level.
If you’re thinking of joining them, then you’ll need IELTS.
IELTS is the most popular English test for people who want to live, study or work in another country. IELTS is also accepted by more than 3,300 institutions in the U.S, including all Ivy League colleges, and across universities in the UK.
So wherever a computer science degree takes you, the future looks bright.