Today, Computer Science plays an increasingly important role in research and development as operational procedures can no longer be developed and optimised without software solutions. As a result, the opportunities for computer scientists on the labor market are promising: the demand for them is rising. While most of them are in regular employment, there is also a number of self-employed computer scientists. They will find employment in companies of nearly all industries, in public administration and in research. There, they develop, programme and modify hard and software programmes, in particular in connection with complex information, communication and control systems.
Graduates of the special Master’s degree programme of the computer science branch of Visual Computing can expect a diverse and extensive labor market. There are prospects in various areas of industry, business and research. Computer scientists for vision and graphics visualise, for instance, 2D and 3D models from digital data for medical engineering, the automotive industry and other branches of industrial production as well as the media industry. The design of hardware-related software systems is applied in autonomous systems operations. Processing visual information also plays an important role for virtual engineering (e.g. for CAD systems). Additionally, the TU Darmstadt and the department of Informatics is in close contact with the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Resarch (IGD), one of the world’s leading institutes for applied research in the field of Visual Computing.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Fachbereich Graphische Datenverarbeitung (GDV) der Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) (Computer Graphics Department (GVI) of the German Informatics Society (GI))
Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung (IGD) (Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD))