January 13, 2012
January 13, 2012
(CNN Student News) -- January 13, 2012
More than 13 million Americans are out of work. The big question that you hear from a lot of young people is if they will be able to find a job when they graduate from college. Poppy Harlow has a report on one major where students are getting job offers before they even get a diploma.
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POPPY HARLOW, CNNMONEY.COM (voice-over):
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have dropped out of college, but back on campus, computer science is hot, and students with coding skills are burning up the job market.
By graduation, how many companies reached out to you about working for them?
TAL SAFRON, NYU COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATE:
I`d say between 10 and 20 have reached out to me, just before graduating.
How many job offers did you get?
Around four or five.
You haven`t even graduated yet. How many companies have reached out to you?
Between 10 and 20.
It`s a common story for computer science majors.
Most of my friends who are also CS students do have the same similar feeling. They`re not -- they`re not really worried about jobs.
Just look at tech job postings to see the demand. At NYU, that translated into a 94 percent placement rate for computer science grads last spring. For the class of 2011, computer science majors did the best on the job hunt.
Fifty-six percent had a job offer before graduation compared with 41 percent overall.
What do your friends tell you who aren`t computer science majors about getting a job?
They think I don`t live in reality.
An average starting salary of 66,000 bucks and job security may be why the major is taking off, with enrollment at NYU up 50 percent since 2007.
EVAN KORTH, ASSOC. PROF., NYU, COMPUTER SCIENCE:
Many students, whether they`re computer science majors or not, are starting to understand that coding is literacy of the future, and they`re -- they want to get in on that.
Tal and Naditja (ph) both participated in a summer program offered by Hack NY, founded by Evan and Columbia Professor Chris Wiggins to cultivate the talents of budding tech stars and show them their career choices are broader than just Google and Goldman Sachs.
CHRIS WIGGINS, PROF., COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, APPLIED MATH:
Result first at no.
The hacking community may speak a slightly different language.
I mean, you can present PageRank, Google`s fundamental algorithm, as an important eigenvector problem and then they sort of --
But one thing is crystal clear: this is where the jobs area.
I get email every day, asking me if I have a student that could build X or build Y.
But is this just a fad? I mean, are the jobs here today, gone tomorrow?
Is the Internet going to be gone tomorrow?
I don`t think the jobs will be gone tomorrow, either.
In New York, Poppy Harlow, cnnmoney.
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