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1 Department of Computer Science Why Study CS/IT?

2 Department of Computer Science “Program or be programmed.” -- Douglas Rushkoff

3 Department of Computer Science Computer science — not computer literacy — underlies most innovation today, from biotechnology to cinematography to energy and climate change. -- CSEdWeek website

4 Department of Computer Science What is CS/IT? CS/IT = Computer Science / Information Technology Using computers and computer science to… –Communicate –Solve problems –Design and imagine –Share, store, retrieve or manipulate information

5 Department of Computer Science Why study CS/IT? More job openings in CS/IT-related fields than qualified graduates to fill them CS/IT is a lucrative career path CS/IT training can increase employment and salary opportunities within one’s field of interest

6 Department of Computer Science CS/IT == Canadian jobs Unemployment amongst web developers: 0% Average CS/IT unemployment 2.7% (compared to national average 7.4%) Database administrators: highest year-over- year employment 46% Average gross income for ICT workers: $64,920 Feb stats

7 Department of Computer Science What HS students study in SK

8 Department of Computer Science What employers need

9 Department of Computer Science Computer jobs in SK

10 Department of Computer Science Some Challenges

11 Department of Computer Science CS is becoming cool, again

12 Department of Computer Science Here in Regina!

13 Department of Computer Science Some More Challenges

14 Department of Computer Science To Do Together, we must create a more accurate picture of CS/IT careers –CS/IT professionals are essential to innovation and productivity in every sector of the economy. –CS/IT is decreasingly about traditional desk-bound programming and increasingly about exciting 21st century careers for professionals who display leadership and drive innovation.

15 Department of Computer Science CS/IT defies stereotypes

16 Department of Computer Science CareerMash.ca (http://careermash.ca/)

17 Department of Computer Science Some advice for students… Think about your interests. Learn how your interests + CS/IT = more opportunities and more money Health! Biology! Art! Music! Sports! Recreation! Health Informatics! Bioinformatics! Graphic Design! Audio Engineering! Sports / Recreation Informatics!

18 Department of Computer Science Healthcare + CS/IT Ross Mitchell U of R Distinguished Alumnus (now at Mayo Clinic in Arizona) Co-Founder and Founding Calgary Scientific Inc.

19 Department of Computer Science Students don’t need to leave Lots of jobs with many employers here in Saskatchewan: iQmetrix, GB Internet Solutions, SAIC, Solvera, Point2, itracks, zu, and more! Co-op education: –100% placement for CS students in 2011 –Average work-term wages: $15-$27/hr!

20 Department of Computer Science Study U of R –Intro CS courses have no high school CS or Math pre-requisites CS 100 (Introduction to Computers) CS 207 (Building Interactive Gadgets) –CS Certificate is a great and easy add on to many U of R degree programs –** new ** Creative Technologies program in the works for Fall 2013 intake!

21 Department of Computer Science Study U of R CS courses are not restricted to Faculty of Science students Encourage students interested in CS/IT degree programs to take high school Math to give them the best head start. Science admission requires: –Math B30 & C30, or Pre-caclulus 30; –Foundations of Math 20 & 30 plus 1 of Pre-calculus 20 or Calculus 30 strongly recommended but not required.

22 Department of Computer Science Study U of R Longest continuously accredited CS program in Canada (since 1982) Accreditation puts students on fast-track for I.S.P. designation On the web at: questions to: Telephone:

23 Department of Computer Science Acknowledgements Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's ICT Skills Canadian Information Processing Society Dean Elliott, Ministry of Education Information and Communications Technology Council National Center for Women & Information Technology

24 Department of Computer Science Questions?


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