Today, the New York Times published an article on how computer science students are dealing with the recent major job cuts at large tech companies. The shrinking big tech job market is in stark contrast to previous years, when graduating computer science majors often received multiple job offers at graduation. The growth in computer science majors is in part due to the prospect of plentiful career opportunities after graduation.
Data from the CRA Taulbee Survey provided some context on the growth of computer science students in recent years:
“The number of undergraduates majoring in the subject [computer science] more than tripled from 2011 to 2021, to nearly 136,000 students, according to the Computing Research Association, which tracks computing degrees at about 200 universities.”
The article highlights some of the ways students are dealing with the more limited job opportunities:
Some students are applying to lesser-known tech companies. Others are seeking tech jobs outside the industry, with retailers like Walmart or with government agencies and nonprofits. Graduate school is also an option.
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