Hiring CS Graduates: What We Learned from Employers Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Computer science ( CS ) majors are in high demand and account for a large part of national computer and information technology job market applicants. Employment in this sector is projected to grow 12% between 2018 and 2028, which is faster than the average of all other occupations. Published data are available on traditional non-computer science-specific hiring processes. However, the hiring process for CS majors may be different. It is critical to have up-to-date information on questions such as “what positions are in high demand for CS majors?,” “what is a typical hiring process?,” and “what do employers say they look for when hiring CS graduates?” This article discusses the analysis of a survey of 218 recruiters hiring CS graduates in the United States. We used Atlas.ti to analyze qualitative survey data and report the results on what positions are in the highest demand, the hiring process, and the resume review process. Our study revealed that a software developer was the most common job the recruiters were looking to fill. We found that the hiring process steps for CS graduates are generally aligned with traditional hiring steps, with an additional emphasis on technical and coding tests. Recruiters reported that their hiring choices were based on reviewing resume’s experience, GPA, and projects sections. The results provide insights into the hiring process, decision making, resume analysis, and some discrepancies between current undergraduate CS program outcomes and employers’ expectations.

published proceedings

  • ACM Transactions on Computing Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Stepanova, A., Weaver, A., Lahey, J., Alexander, G., & Hammond, T.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Stepanova, Anna||Weaver, Alexis||Lahey, Joanna||Alexander, Gerianne||Hammond, Tracy

publication date

  • March 2022