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Computer Science

Computer science (CS) is a top-paying college degree, and computer programming jobs are growing at 2X the national average. The numbers are a bit staggering — the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1 million more jobs than students in just six years.[1]

Noteworthy Facts:

  • Surveys consistently show that computer science and engineering are the surest path to the highest pay straight out of college.[4]

    6 computing jobs are among the top 25 jobs of 2015 according to the U.S. News/Money Report [5]
          3: Software Developer (Median Salary: $92,660)
          7: Computer Systems Analyst (Median Salary: $81,190)
          8: Information Security Analyst (Median Salary: $88,590)
         11: Web Developer (Median Salary: $63,160)
         14: Market Research Analyst (Median Salary: $60,800)
         21: IT Manager (Median Salary: $123,950)

  • Computer Science-driven careers account for 18 out of the 25 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance (2015) named in a recent report by [7]

  • Computer and mathematical occupations are projected to add 778,300 new jobs between 2010 and 2020. This represents 22.0 percent growth from 2010 to 2020, making the computer and mathematical occupational group the sixth-fastest-growing major occupational group. Employment in computer occupations is projected to grow faster than mathematical occupations.[3]

  • Computer science is the only STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) where there are more jobs than students, according to data from the U.S. government comparing jobs data and projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to student data from the National Science Foundation. [6]

  • Information security analysis will be one of the fastest-growing occupations between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. [3]
  • Computer Science grads earn the highest average starting salary out of the 22 courses of study that are most likely to result in job offers with substantial salaries. [4]

  • Computer Science education without face-to-face interaction is simply not good enough…. The lessons students learn while working in small teams in upper-level classes is invaluable. -- Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at UW [1]

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Considering that supply can’t keep up with increasing demand, there is much promise for today's CS majors!

[1] Soper, Taylor,, June 6, 2014

[2] Looksharp/InternMatch | State of College Hiring 2015

[3] Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational employment projections
to 2020

[4] Adams, Susan., July 2, 2015.

[5] The 25 Best Jobs of 2015

[6] Hadi Partovi,, June 19, 2014

[7] 25 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance (2015)

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