Computer Science

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Have you a passion for solving puzzles, a love of computers and a mind that longs to create and invent? Computer science will give you this opportunity. This field revolves around the scientific aspects of computing, enabling you to design, create and invent new technologies. As such, it is a huge field and continuously growing with the ever increasing and widespread use of computers.

Pathway

Computer science is a broad subject and it covers anything from software development all the way to hardware development and anything in between. Don’t forget about Artificial Intelligence, robotics, and other fields. It is important to pursue postgraduate education in such fields to gain better knowledge, experience and improve the prospects of your career.

There are many areas of research and development related to the fields mentioned above. But here is some more:

  • Network Systems and Technologies
  • Advance Software Development and Algorithmics Designs
  • Cloud Computing and Hardware Infrastructure
  • Analytics and Data Mining
  • Virtual Reality Concepts and Technology
  • Intelligent Systems and Image Processing
  • Information Assurance
Subject Focus

You will be studying a number of subjects that may include:

  • System Analysis & Design
  • Software Development & Mathematical Concepts for Computing
  • Operating Systems & Computer Architecture
  • Data Structures
  • Programming
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • Network Technology Foundation
  • Probability and Statistics

Entry Requirements: Good results in any of the following: STPM, A level, Foundation in Science, Diploma in Computer Related Subjects, Or equivalent qualifications.

Personality Type

Do you like details and meticulous planning? Are able to work alone and in teams? Do you like solving complicated puzzles with mathematical formulas? Do you enjoy high level programming? This might be right place for you and your future.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

This is not something that you do because you need a job. This is a career. This is something that you will be doing for a long time and if you are really good at it, you will be rich in no time. Here are some career titles in Malaysia

  • System Engineer
  • System Analyst
  • Researcher Scientist
  • Network Engineer
  • Data Security Officer
  • Programmer/Software Developer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Tester
  • Other titles
Salary

Here is a range of salaries (Monthly) for individuals in this field based on your experience ans skills. Remember, you might be a 17 year old student who can make millions in very short time.

  • Entry level (0 – 2 years): RM2,500 – RM4,500
  • Professional (3 – 5 years): RM5,000 – RM7,000
  • Professional Specialist (5 – 8 years): RM8,500 – RM12,000
  • Senior Specialist (8 – 12 years): RM13,000 – RM18,000
  • Senior Operations/Managerial Position (12 – 18 years): RM16,000 – RM25,000
  • Over 18 years of experience: More than RM26,000
Job Demand

In Malaysia: The demand for jobs in the information and communication technology industries is huge, particularly in areas related to information security and advance online/networking solutions. Every company, small or big, now has an IT department. According to the national broadband initiative, Malaysia aims to have a sustainable economy which depends on the information and communication technologies.

Global demand: You can only imagine the global needs for specialists in the ICT industries, financial industry, service industry and almost all other industries. You can go anywhere if you have the marketable skills and talent.

Becoming Professional

In Malaysia, there are many organizations (government or private) that provide various types of training and skills oriented programs to develop the capabilities individuals and set them on a professional pathway.

Useful links Malaysian Software Testing Board International Software Testing Qualifications Board EC-Council MSC Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation

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