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Should I Study Computer Science This Summer?

Are you thinking of entering the computing or technology sectors after university? If so, you’re in luck. According to a recent study conducted by Comparably, data scientists have the highest annual entry-level salary in the United States, making an average of $110,850 (about £84,000). This means that for those with 1-3 years of work experience in the data science field, the salaries are highest compared to all other fields in the US.

In fact, all six of the top paying entry level jobs in the US involved a tech and computers focus. Rounding out the top six were product managers, developers, mobile developers, sales engineers, and DevOps engineers, all of which averaged above $80,000 as a starting salary (about £68,000). The salaries tended to be higher in areas with a large focus in tech jobs (Silicon Valley, New York, and Seattle), where the average pay in these areas was approximately $145,000 (about £110,000).This study is further proof that the technology sector is moving at an incredibly fast pace, and that jobs in the technology and computing sector are in high demand. Even if you are not directly involved in computer programming on a daily basis, for example, in a product management role where you work with engineering experts, the skills associated with the tech sector are in high demand in most fields. Knowledge of Python, SQL, HTML, CSS and Heroku are all invaluable when searching for a job, and will become even more valuable as these skills become commonplace.

If you aren’t sure about your career path but have an interest in computers, Oxford Summer Courses offers courses for all ages between 10 years old and 24 years old which will help you to better understand the concepts and applications of computers and tech. For 10-12 year olds, Oxford Summer Courses offers a Tech Explorers programme, held at the prestigious Wycombe Abbey boarding school. In this course, you will explore technology and computer science, including exploration into robotics, binary code, and practical applications of technological concepts. Oxford Summer Courses also offers a course in computer science for those aged between 13 and 15 years old. This summer course will introduce you to the different programming languages, and you will even have a chance to develop your own mobile app.

Through practical workshops and interactive sessions, you’ll dive deeper into the tools used to build websites and create apps. In the computer science courses for 16-17 and 18-24 year olds, you will gain a deeper understanding of the programmes used in technology and computer science, which will set you apart as an applicant to university and or employers. The programme offers an introduction to Python (syntax uses, applications), frameworks, HTML, CSS and SQL. You will have the chance to complete a project where you will build a sample blog application and deploy Heroku.

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