Computer Science Job Outlook

The demand for computer science professionals will grow well into the future. The US Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics projections show that many computer science professions will increase much faster than the average for all occupations.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in their Top 10 reasons to major in Computer Science list computing jobs as among the highest paid while offering the highest job satisfaction of any occupation. They also state "having a computing major provides a foundation of knowledge, problem solving, and logical thinking which serves as a competitive advantage regardless of the field you choose."

There are hundreds of jobs related to a computer science degree. Visit the ACM Computing Degrees and Careers page to find out more about computing careers.

How much could I earn with my Computer Science degree?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following average starting salaries:

Experience and internships may also increase starting salaries. Most UW-Parkside students complete internships or are offered summer or part-time employment, and have a competitive advantage at graduation.

The SANS Institute (SANS): a large and trusted source on information security and research world wide has released their 2008 Salary Survey which talks about the importance of education among information security professionals and trends for the upcoming years.

  • Computer engineer - $53,396
  • Computer programmers - $49,928
  • Database administrators - $48,560
  • Desktop support analysts - $46,500 to $65,250
  • Help Desk Workers - $27,500 to $37,000
  • Systems administrators - $50,000 to $75,750


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