Some alternative job titles for this role
- Computer Engineer
- Software Scientist
- Software Engineer
- Computing and Information Scientists
What the job involves
- Solve computing and maths-related problems and challenges
- Develop new products
- Research and develop new designs, hardware, techniques and materials
- Research modelling procedures (replicate a process using a computer)
- Work as part of a research team with programmers, IT professionals, and mechanical, electrical or software engineers to solve problems and create new products
- Study and investigate technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics or virtual reality
- Improve the performance of existing computer systems and software
How your career can develop
Graduate computer scientists can work across a huge selection of career fields with plenty of opportunities to specialise and grow.
Why it matters?
The Higher Education Authority’s annual survey of graduate prospects shows computer science students are most likely to be snapped up by employers after graduation. Some 77% of computer science graduates with an honours bachelor (level 8) degree last year were in employment nine months after graduation.
- Excellent maths skills
- Excellent computer and technology knowledge and skills
- Ability to analyse problems
- An analytical approach to work and problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Strong ability to solve problems
- A born organiser – able to organise and classify large amounts of information
- Research foundations
- Large computer and software companies
- Social media companies
- Large manufacturers
- Financial service providers
- Graduate/Starting €30,000
- Senior/Potential €65,000+
A computer science or computer science and information technology degree is the norm. Gateway degrees also include Electronic Engineering, Software Engineering, Physics and Mathematics. Postgraduate study to PhD level is common in the profession, especially in academic research.
Alternative routes to a bachelor’s degree in this area may apply to students that have a PLC qualification in a related course or general computing/IT certification or diploma. For further details on eligibility requirements for third level entry following a PLC qualification, students should visit the CAO course search at Careerportal.ie.
- Tech/Life Ireland www.techlifeireland.com
- Irish Computer Society www.ics.ie
- Irish Software Research Centre www.lero.ie
- Engineers Ireland www.engineersireland.ie
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Irish branch www.ieee-ukandireland.org
- Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland 4c110.ucc.ie/aiai
- Video from MIT in the US – What do computer scientists do?