Computer Science

Computer Science is about the theoretical foundations of the algorithms used by computers to create and transform information.

Studying computer science involves learning about how computer software and hardware works.

This includes the theoretical foundations of information and computation and techniques for creating software and systems.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Famous historical 'computing machines' include: the abacus (ca. 2700 BC), Blaise Pascal's 'Pascaline' (1642) and Charles Babbage's 'Difference Engine' (1849).

Breaking the encryption codes of the Enigma machine was a major computational achievement that contributed to the Allied victory in World War II.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Computer scientist
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer software engineer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer support specialist
  • Games developer
  • Web site builder
  • Computer teacher
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


165% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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