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Computer Science and Database

Earnings Potential

The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,930, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $132,700.

Facts at a glance

  • Education requirements range from an associate degree to a doctoral degree.
  • Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies.
  • Job prospects are favorable.

Summary of what this career entails

The computer science and database administration field continues to evolve. Because of said evolution and the prerogative of the employer, specific job titles in the industry have been changed and/or added. A computer scientist does research, makes theories or creates inventions. An example of what someone in the industry would do is (for people who work in an academic institution) complexity theory and hardware to programming-language design. A computer scientist also is involved the improvement and evolving of existing technology. That includes hardware and software technology to maximize the power of a computer. A database administrator works with database management systems software where they determine where to organize and store software. Database administrators are employed by Internet Service Providers, web search portals, and data processing firms.

Examples and or details of work

Because of the constant changes in the computer and database industries, those involved need to keep up to date with the changes in the industry. The book Current Trends in Database Technology is one of the tools used to keep administrators current. An individual would also have to know and define physical structure and functional capabilities of databases. 

Degrees that lead to this career

Degrees needed for a career in the computer science and database field include computer science, information science, management information systems, engineering, and business administration, information security. Many jobs in computer science require a bachelor’s degree, but there are a few that will accept an associate’s degree. The more complex the job is, the more likely someone in the field would need a graduate degree. Database administrators many times need a master’s degree in business administration, especially because many companies are moving their businesses to the Internet. There is also certification available in the database administration field. 

Specific Career openings in this field

Specific jobs in the field include database administrator, networks systems and data communication analysis, computer and information science, research, independent contractor or consultant, telecommunications specialist, management/leadership position, head of a school’s research department, author, chief technology officer, and professor


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Computer Scientists and Database Administrators, on the Internet at