This field of Computer Science focuses more on learning how to use various software applications rather than the computer systems themselves. Below is a list of various software application fields and work. These careers may or may not require 4-year degrees and professional certifications.
This field focuses on creating digital images on the computer. Painting, drawing, illustrating, photography, and modeling all fall into this field. The main software in this field are the Adobe products, Photoshop and Illustrator.
This field focuses on the creation and maintenance of web sites.
Music production is about using the computer to make music. This includes recording music, creating music, and even DJing. Software often includes ProTools, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, GarageBand and more.
You will find word processing, slide shows, spreadsheets, and database all over business offices. They may not be as glamorous as other software, but they are the workhorses of software and necessary for businesses. Software includes the Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and more.
Game Design is a booming field. Game design is also not just for designing computer games for people to play. Game engines and design are being used in many different fields that use virtual reality, simulations, immersive experiences.
Animation is another booming industry. The biggest animation industries are movies, television and commercials.
With the rise in companies moving the data to the computer and a boom in Internet business, managing all of the data for companies is big business. How does Amazon keep track of all of the products they sell? How do companies keep track of their users and data? How does Google keep track of your every move and keystroke? This is all through the management of databases of information and is a booming field.
These fields focus on creating 3D graphics on the computer. These graphics are used for games, simulations, animation, virtual reality, engineering design, construction and building trades, 3D printing and more. 3D graphics fall roughly in 2 categories
- Graphics for computer use: animation, games, simulations, and VR. This software includes Blender Maya.
- Graphics for engineering and design to build physical objects. This software includes AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, and many more.