The labor market

Computer science careers are of key importance to services, industry, culture and administration and make a significant contribution to societal progress. In Switzerland, well-trained ICT professionals continue to have excellent opportunities in the job market, as the continuing shortage of skilled workers in the ICT industry affects the competitiveness of the advanced economy. It is therefore crucial to raise awareness among the general public of the outstanding relevance of the ICT industry, especially in view of the rapid changes and increasing qualification requirements that characterize this key technology in Switzerland.

Computer science careers are key careers in service and industry, in culture and administration, and in society as a whole.
Opportunities in the Swiss job market for well-trained ICT professionals are still very good, as the ICT sector is still suffering from a shortage of skilled workers. This is a disastrous development because it impacts our highly developed economy at a delicate point in value creation. It is therefore essential that the public be aware of the enormous importance of the ICT industry.
All those already working in the ICT field are aware of the exciting and rewarding challenges of the ICT industry and the fact that ICT is a key technology, particularly for Switzerland.
The ICT industry is still changing very rapidly. State-of-the-art developments are leading to ever higher qualification requirements for ICT specialists.
The IT field has changed in recent years as the complexity of ICT solutions and the demands on their development and maintenance have increased. Innovation cycles have accelerated and are now in a state of constant change.
In addition to technical problem-solving, economic orientation and organizational support, the big challenge is communication-based project management.
In spite of the significant technological acceleration, however, the conceptual tasks and activities remain largely unchanged. This highlights the importance of a sound, conceptual and methodological basis for an ICT career.

Training in the ICT industry

There is a sufficient number and range of educational opportunities and the Swiss education system offers a wide variety of career paths.
What is often lacking is knowledge of educational pathways and their importance on the part of those undergoing training and continuing education.

“Lifelong learning”

Constant continuing education is an absolute must in order to succeed in the demanding and extremely exciting ICT industry. The requirement to remain professionally up-to-date and to continuously undergo training in other areas (e.g. business administration, project management, behavioral skills) is a must. If you want to be successful, you have to invest in your education.

“Continuing education is an investment in tomorrow’s success.”

The range of further education opportunities at the tertiary and further education levels is extremely wide from a career-oriented perspective. Therefore:

  • Higher technical schools offer various post-diploma courses (NDS)
  • Universities offer a large number of continuing education courses linked to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). These are the courses of study:
    • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
    • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) and
    • Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)
    • (Executive) Master of Business Administration (MBA, EMBA)
  • Various providers offer courses leading to nationally and internationally recognized certificates


Computer science is a dynamic professional field that will continue to develop rapidly. It offers the best prospects for interesting professional and managerial careers. Now is an opportune and promising time for a career in computer science and, in addition to exciting professional work, it offers above-average returns on education for those who invest in their own education.