Computer Science Program
Why Computer Science?
- Engineering, Computer Science viewed as Strong College Majors
Looking to land a good-paying job out of college? Rob Franek of the Princeton Review says the biggest demand and highest starting salaries can be found in two fields.
"Engineering and computer science," he says. "And that's right around the $60-61,000 mark."
- Demand for software engineers keeps climbing -- and so do the salaries
These days, it's good to be a software engineer, as demand for quality coders is rising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 30 percent job growth in coming years. What's more, CareerCast recently deemed software engineer the all-around best job for 2012, beating out such positions as actuary, HR manager, and financial planner.
(Note that a software engineer is a specialized type of career route that Computer Science majors can follow, and one of the higher paid positions. There are other specialties within the major that also present excellent careers, but this article focuses on software engineering.)
- Graduates with CS degrees are in high demand. Unemployment in the tech industry is 5.9% (well under the average 9%).
- There is a shortage – there are 2 or 3 open jobs for every CS graduate.
- A CS degree pays well.
CS-related jobs rank in the top 10 highest paying jobs (starting salary): #4. Computer Science: $61,000 and #10.
Information Systems: $54,000
There's definitely an emerging tech boom. Source: Anne Hunter,
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.
- Students enrolled in CS degree programs rose 10% in 2010. The figure had been steadily climbing for the last three years. –
Computing Research Association, 2012