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“Go for Computer Science”

March 21st, 2011 / in Uncategorized / by Ed Lazowska

CCC Council chair Ed Lazowska is one of eight columnists featured in a New York Times “Room for Debate” essay series on education.  Lazowska says:

“There are a few facts about education, employability and economic growth that we should keep in mind.

“A balanced education serves you best …

“The further out you are from college graduation, the less your success is attributable to the field in which you majored, and the more your success is attributable to a set of abilities imparted by any top-tier bachelor’s-level education …

“But let us not fool ourselves about what fields offer job opportunities, create jobs for others and drive the economy …

“So what should today’s college students study in order to stay competitive? My take: A computer science degree is a great preparation for just about any field.”

Read Lazowska’s post, and others, here.

Update: Lazowska received the following email from a senior faculty member in Obstetrics and Gynecology at a top east coast university:  “Indeed!  I majored in computer science undergrad and then worked at Microsoft for four years (1998-2002) while living in Seattle.  Then I moved into epidemiology:  computer science is EXCELLENT preparation for (some aspects of) epidemiology.  Both the specific skills and the way of thinking through problems that I learned in computer science are broadly applicable.”

“Go for Computer Science”

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