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Science: “Want a Great Scientific Career? Choose Computer Science”

Science-AAAS-300x162Science – flagship publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – extensively quotes UW CSE’s Ed Lazowska in this article about job opportunities in scientific fields:

“Lazowska notes that the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) examined similar data from 2 years earlier and produced a report, signed by John P. Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Eric Schmidt, executive chair (and former CEO) at Google, that reached the following conclusions:

“Finding: All indicators—all historical data, and all projections—argue that [computer science] is the dominant factor in America’s science and technology employment, and that the gap between the demand for [computer science] talent and the supply of that talent is and will remain large … While there will be inevitable variations in demand for every field, the long-term prospects for employment in [computer science] occupations in the United States are exceedingly strong. All other S&T fields pale by comparison.”

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