AP Computer Science Beckons the Future

Computer Science is one of the fastest growing fields as well as one of the highest paying jobs you can get with a college degree. A class that supplements an interest in this field is AP Computer Science, taught by Mr. Rudolph, Science teacher and Department Co- Chair.

“The goal is to teach the fundamentals of programming of Computer Science. The language we teach is Java, so students by the end of this class should have a basic understanding of Java,” Rudolph states.

Java is an extremely useful programming tool. It can be used for websites such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Ebay. Java is also run on the majority of the Fortune 250’s websites due to its security, proven infrastructure and its flexibility. This means it can run on any machine regardless of its architecture.

Rudolph states that Computer Science also helps facilitate a methodical approach to the solving of problems, not only in just programming but in life as well. When something happens it is best to evaluate the situation and act accordingly.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, from 2014 to 2024 there is to be an expected 14% growth in the number of jobs in the field. This would be an increase of around 488,500 new jobs. In total the overall sector would go from around 3.9 million to 4.4 million within that time frame. Although it may seem small, that growth is pretty big in terms of a growing jobs sector. According to Pay Scale, Computer Science is the fourth highest master’s degree major by salary potential, the average early career pay is around 89,000 dollars, and mid-career pays an average of 127,000 dollars.

“I would pursue a career in Computer Science…I really enjoy coding.” says Kate Harrison ’18, who is currently in the class.

Jobs available in the Computer Science field would include software applications developers, computer systems analysts or even web page designers.

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