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. Informatics graduates 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. In particular, they apply their knowledge and skills to IT project management. 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.
In times of global networking, the security of information technology is gaining importance. The Center for Advanced Security Research, CASED, in Darmstadt addresses issues regarding IT security.
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:
Berufsverband Selbständige in der Informatik e.V. (Association of self-employed persons in informatics)
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) (German Informatics Society)