Is getting a B.S. in computer science worthwhile?
April 3, 2012 7:02 PM Subscribe
Which aspects of computer science are profitable and worthwhile? Help a high schooler going off to college...
posted by ptsampras14 to education (32 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Playing with Windows, applications, and tweaks has always been my passion since elementary school. This past year, I started gaining a beginner's proficiency in Java. Though I am not crazily in love with programming, I do think it is neat.
I would like to study computer science next year. I was accepted to UC Berkeley (College of Letters and Sciences) and Penn State University (Schreyer Honors College).
In our day, where so much code-writing is outsourced almost like "manual labor," is learning to program still worthwhile? While I am solving my little Java recursion puzzles, I just feel like I am so far away from doing any "useful" programming.
The job climate scares me. For some reason, I've got it in my head that a pre-med student has a guaranteed source of income, whereas a B.S. in computer science isn't as much of a sure thing.
I apologize for my vagueness and probably the lack of logic in my thinking. Though I love the field of C.S., I have some doubts in the back of my head. Some kids are programming geniuses; is it worth my effort to try and stumble through while they excel handily?