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Computer Science Career Paths

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:

  • If you’re looking for a college major that gives you an incredible job outlook, we have two words for you: computer science. There are almost 10 times more US computing jobs open right now than there were students who graduated with computer science degrees in 2015. [8]
  • Software and IT top list of highest paying industries, with average salaries of $105K
  • Computer science is the highest paying field of study, and jobs in software and IT bring in some of the largest salaries, according to a new report from LinkedIn.
    • Software and IT services topped the list of highest paying industries in the US, with average salaries reaching $104,700. -LinkedIn, 2017
    • Computer science was the highest paying field of study in the US, with average salaries reaching $92,300. -LinkedIn, 2017
    • San Francisco pays higher average salaries than any other city in the US, with median total compensation across positions and industries reaching $112,400. -LinkedIn, 2017 [4]

  • Computer Science-driven careers account for 11 out of the 29 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance (2016) named in a recent report by [7]
  • Software developer and computer systems analyst rank among the top 25 careers offering great salaries, low stress and robust employment growth, according to the U.S. News/Money Report of 2017. [5]
  • 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]

Women in STEM: an editorial exploration on the state of women in STEM with several interviews from women in the industry and a collection of scholarships.

Career Guide for STEM: featuring paths of study, specializations, job options, as well as an interview with a woman with 23 years of experience working in STEM.

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], DeNisco, Alison, August 2017

[5] The 25 Best Jobs of 2017

[6] Hadi Partovi,, June 19, 2014

[7] 29 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance (2016)

[8] You probably should have majored in computer science (2017)

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