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Unusual Career Options in CS

Here are some examples of the plethora of unusual and interesting projects and jobs out there for IT and CS majors. As you can see, you can pretty much jump on anything that interests you.

How do I get to work on these projects?

Four Year Degree

Intern at companies you would like to work at after graduating

Keep making connections with people, the connections you make are the way to get the edge on the jobs you want

Once you get the job, go make lots of money making a difference in the world!

Unusual Career Options Articles

Self-Organizing Traffic Lights: Scientists are reducing polution from idleing cars AND making your rush hour wait shorter!

IBM nano tech: IBM scientists can now measure how long information can stay in an individual atom, getting one step closer to the goal of computing at the atomic level.


Frustration Detection: Having seen how users react when their searches fail, Google researchers foresee a time when computers can determine when users are banging their heads against walls.


Rice tech: Texas A&M University (TAMU) researchers have developed a database that helps farmers forecast how successful their rice crops will be and what changes could improve the outcome of the harvest.


Earthquake detection: IBM researchers have patented a technique using vibration sensors inside server hard drives to analyze information about earthquakes and predict tsunamis.

Improve Safety in the 'Danger Zone': Engineers in the School of Electronics and Computer Science will unveil new technologies to improve communications in ‘danger zones’ at a symposium in Farnborough next week.

Nokia Touchscreen Creates Texture Illusion: Nokia has developed a prototype of its N900 smartphone featuring technology that lets users feel the texture of icons on the screen.

Wendy Hall & the Web: Wendy Hall, dean of the University of Southampton's new Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences, helped found the Web Science Research Initiative for the purpose of facilitating a formal understanding of the Web.

From 'Avatar' Playbook, Athletes Use 3-D Imaging: Some Major League Baseball teams are using advanced imaging technology to influence the way athletes train, perform, and recover from injuries.


GOOOAAL! Students Scoring With Computer Science: Rowan University graduate students have developed Soccer Scoop, software that helps soccer coaches evaluate players.


Underwater Robot Swims Free Thanks to York U-Designed Wireless Controller: A team at York University has designed and built a waterproof tablet for wirelessly controlling the underwater robot AQUA, which is designed to collect data from shipwrecks and reefs


Tackling Insomnia Through Twitter: Lincoln University researchers are studying social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to determine if they can enhance existing treatments for insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

Japanese Printer Syncs Pictures With Smells: Kenichi Okada and other researchers at the university have modified a Canon printer and replaced the typical ink cartridges with vials of four different aromas.

Online Social Networks and Human Behavior: Online social networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn, already popular with millions for their easy ability to help people forge connections based on common interests, also have become ideal "laboratories" for social scientists who want to study human behavior.

UM Researchers are Studying Child-Mother Interactions to Design Robots with Social Skills: To help unravel the mysteries of human cognitive development and reach new the frontiers in robotics, University of Miami developmental psychologists and computer scientists from the University of California in San Diego are studying infant-mother interactions and working to implement their findings in a baby robot capable of learning social skills.