Computer Science Job Market Sees Growth for Khoury Students

As the biggest tech companies showed slower growth in the third quarter of 2022 and the giants like Meta, Amazon and Twitter laid off thousands of employees, the air and the internet filled up with anxiety over a possibly shrinking tech job market.  

headshot of Elizabeth Mynatt (left) and Ben Hescott (right)
From left, Elizabeth Mynatt, dean of the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern, and Benjamin Hescott, teaching professor and senior associate dean of academic programs and student experience at Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

But media outlets downplayed the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections that the overall employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15% from 2021 to 2031, says Elizabeth Mynatt, dean of Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, which is much faster than the average growth rate across all industries.

The number of jobs for professions like computer and information research scientists, information security analysts and web developers and digital designers is expected to expand by more than 20%.

Khoury College, created at Northeastern in 1982 as one of the first colleges dedicated to the field of computer science in the U.S., has remained a national leader in computer science education and research due to its innovative approach, involving experiential education through co-ops and combined interdisciplinary majors. 

About 4,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students currently attend the college across multiple campuses on the East and the West coasts in the U.S., in Vancouver, Canada, and online.

Undergraduate degree programs at the college range from computer science to cybersecurity to data science, but a strong majority—58% of students—choose one of the more than 40 combined majors. Last year, combined majors almost surpassed co-ops as the top reason why incoming students chose Khoury College, says Benjamin Hescott, senior associate dean of academic programs and student experience.

News@Northeastern sat down with Mynatt and Hescott to discuss the state of the hiring market for computer science majors and how the college keeps up with the industry and prepares its students for career success.

Are you concerned that the computer science job market will possibly contract due to the current state of the economy and recent layoffs, hiring freezes and planned recruiting slowdowns at the largest tech companies?

Despite current slump of tech giants, strong growth seen in computer science job market for Khoury students