The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics names computer occupations as the one with the highest projected job growth in the next eight years. As a result, the field is expected to grow by 18 percent through 2020. San Francisco Bay University is training students for this opportunity through its online computer science degree program.
By becoming a student in the University’s degree program, graduates are able to seek employment as entry-level programmers working on software development teams for companies such as Google, Cisco Systems, or Lenovo that are looking to build new applications or update their current technology. Employers are also seeking candidates with experience in web design and development, network security, and computer networking. Graduates also have the option of developing games for mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.
Sara Rivera, who graduated from San Francisco Bay University with a master’s degree in engineering management earlier this year, is on her way to finding herself in one of these positions. Her first job was working for a web design company as a developer. She has since moved on to a position at Cisco Systems as a network engineer working in their security systems department.
“I was laid off last year and helped my mom with her business for six months, but I knew I wanted to get back into programming,” said Rivera. “My brother recommended that I check out S.F. Bay University as he had seen it mentioned on a few of his favorite technology sites.”
Rivera’s brother is not the only one singing praises for San Francisco Bay University. The school is listed as a five-star university on GetEducated.com and has received raving reviews from past students and the media alike, including the following:
- “Computerworld” named S.F. Bay University one of the top 10 online schools for game design in 2010.
- “U.S. News & World Report” ranked the school as #12 on its list of best online bachelor’s programs in information technology in 2012.
- “GetEducated.com” listed S.F. Bay University as one of the top 10 online universities for game design in 2012.
- “U.S. News & World Report” ranked S.F. Bay University’s engineering management program #19 on its list of best online graduate engineering programs in 2013
Another student singing the praises of the University is Steven M. Krause. A senior computer science major who is about to graduate, Krause has already landed a job with Dell making $60,000 per year in his field.
“I really like the fact that I can be at home and still get my degree,” said Krause, who also serves as president of the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery at San Francisco Bay University. “The support from the faculty and my fellow students is what makes this experience so great.”
San Francisco Bay University launched its computer science degree program in the fall of 2013, but it has been around since 1981 when it was initially called City College of San Francisco. In 2009, it merged with the San Francisco Business College and became a degree-granting institution. In doing so, it expanded its offerings to include degrees in business and engineering along with its traditional accounting, criminal justice, and technology programs.