4 Reasons computer science grads should be looking for jobs in retail

SAM BERNDT | August 3, 2018

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With fall around the corner, college students are about to return to their classes and potentially begin the search for their first “real” job. The labor market is on their side available jobs now outnumber workers to fill them and while grads have lots of job choices, computer science students are especially in demand. Silicon Valley’s high wages and ample job opportunities make it an obvious choice, but retail companies are increasingly seeking to hire recent college graduates with computer science backgrounds (and are willing to pay comparable salaries). As retailers move into bold tech initiatives (see Target’s Tech Incubator or Walmart Labs), their tech talent needs are beginning to rival those of Silicon Valley. Emsi data shows more than 35,000 graduates in computer science in 2016, with the overwhelming majority (92 percent) completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree. When considering related programs (computer and information sciences, information technology, etc.), the number of graduates with tech degrees climbs to well over 200,000.

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