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Computing Sciences

Computing Sciences includes two main fields, Computer Science and Information Systems. Computer Science designates the scientific and mathematical approach in computing. Its subfields include computational problems, computer graphics, programming languages and human- computer interaction.

Information Systems bridges the computer science field with the business field, and includes topics such as business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and business process modeling.

The following are some of the available computing careers. There are almost 300 different careers in computing.
- Business Analyst - assesses business problems and opportunities and provides computing solutions that make clients more efficient and profitable.
- Systems Analyst - responsible for developing technological IT solutions for commercial and public sector organisations; they aim to improve business efficiency and productivity.
- Software Engineer - apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing and evaluation of the computer systems.
- Computer Programmer - after computer software engineers and systems analysts design software solutions, the programmer converts the designs into computer programs.
- Database Developer - designs, implements and modifies databases, which contain, among other things, records of files, such as sales transactions, product catalogues and inventories.
- Information Systems Specialist - supports and administers information database systems, analyses problems and issues related to the information system software and other related software.