Why Study Computer Science?

Computer and information sciences are critical to innovation in nearly all fields and to the operation of business, institution, organization and agency. Essentially the world works on computers. Studying Computer Science empowers you to solve complex, challenging problems, enabling you to make a positive difference in the world. Computers are everywhere so understanding them puts you in charge of your world. The future possibilities for people with Computer Science skills are unlimited, and these skills are only going to become more important. As an added benefit, computing jobs often come with high salaries.

Why Study Math?

Mathematicians and statisticians analyze data and apply computational techniques to solve problems. A background in mathematics opens the door to a multitude of career options. By studying math, you develop analytical skills and an analytical attitude. You learn to pay attention to all the assumptions involved in a given problem or situation. You also learn to break down a complicated problem into a series of tractable steps. By testing your own conclusions, along with the conclusions of others, critical thinking is formed. Such skills and attitudes are highly valued by employers as well as graduate and professional schools

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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, computer science employment will grow 15% from 2019 to 2029. Computer scientists promote innovation and work to discover new ways to use technology, which can create more jobs as more opportunities for technological development arise.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics: overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians are projected to grow 33 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need these workers to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.

Job Roles

Computer Science: Computer Programmers, Software Developers, Data scientist,

Math: Actuary, Data Scientist, Statistician, Teacher, Analysts


Technology, Healthcare, Finance, Aerospace, Education, Pharmaceuticals, Government


Computer Programmer

$116,230 NYS Average
National Average $107,750 annually


$140,860 NYS Average
National Average $109,190 annually

Data Scientist

$134,830 NYS Average
National Average $119,040 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC has become the “first choice” for parents and students. Thanks to our affordable tuition, students can save $100,000 on a college education by starting at RCC and transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.