Today, Informatics play 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.
Computer scientists examine, for instance, existing IT systems for their security and effectiveness. They apply their knowledge and skills to IT project management in particular. Another one of their tasks is the realisation of new software projects in the form of technical reproduction of administrative tasks and production control. Developing databases and web-based information systems may also be part of their job description.
Graduates of the special Master’s degree programme of the informatics branch of IT Security can expect a rapidly growing field of work with a long-term significance and a variety of prospects in business as well as in the academic field. They can work as Chief Information Officers (CIO), project managers in IT security management or consultants for IT security certification, among other things. Companies in many different industries such as the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, the banking sector or the telecommunications industry are increasingly looking for experts in IT security. In times of global networking, the security of information technology is gaining importance. The Center for Advanced Security Research, CASED, in Darmstadt specifically addresses issues regarding IT security, its development and its research.
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.