How to Become a Computer Scientist: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
Why I became a computer scientist instead of a doctor - Quartz
While the first US computer science program was established at in 1962, it was not until the late 1970s that computer science programs became increasingly widespread. In the early 21st century, however, the pathway to becoming a computer scientist has become both clearer and increasingly credentialized. Today, even self-taught computing geniuses are typically expected to hold some formal education in computer science or computer engineering prior to entering the career. Of course, taking the right educational steps is only part of the process. A passion and aptitude for mathematics and computing combined with a track record of successful internships in the field is also essential.
Why I became a computer scientist instead of a doctor
I became a computer scientist by accident! While as a math student in China, I was introduced to Matrix Computation by an elegant and enlightening book by G. W. Stewart, which led me and prepared me to read a great monograph on Algebraic Eigenvalue Problems by J. H. Wilkinson, who passed away not long before I got a copy of his book. I sent my application to only one graduate school in America, the one at University of Maryland where Professor Stewart worked, and he still works there. I was accepted. I arrived at the College Park campus a week after the semester started. Following the address on the admission letter, I found myself in the Office of Graduate Study at the Department of Computer Science, not at the Math Department as I had intended. I was at a total loss in how to enroll myself into any class. For example, I knew the English words 'Operating' and 'Systems' separately, but I had not the slightest clue to what they meant when put together. That was the very first day on my journey to become a computer scientist.