Computer Science: Salaries and Job Outlook

In an ever-changing world of technology, the computer science job outlook is strong.

Computer science is one of the fastest growing academic disciplines today for an excellent future career pathway. Your Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Houston Baptist University positions you for a wide range of tech positions in all types of business and industry.

Nationwide, there is strong demand for computer science experts in government and public sectors, in corporations of all sizes, in nonprofit organizations, and in colleges and universities.

Employment of computer science and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, and add about 557,100 new jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Demand for IT workers with computer science skills is the result of greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

What can you do with a computer science degree?

“Software, data and emerging tech skills continue to be hot commodities in the job market; which often overshadows the fact that employers are also in a hiring mode for many core positions, such as networking, IT support and cybersecurity,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA, a leading technology industry association.

In 2017, nearly 5.4 million individuals worked as technology professionals across the US economy, CompTIA reports. This represents an increase of 2.1 percent, or nearly 110,000 net new jobs. Growth in the tech occupation category is also expected to hold steady in the year ahead.

Nearly 4 in 10 US IT firms report having job openings and are actively recruiting candidates for technical positions.

Hiring intent is most concentrated among large- and medium-size firms. –CompTIA

A separate CompTIA analysis of employer job posting data finds that companies advertised for more than 282,000 positions in emerging technologies year-to-date, an increase of 65 percent over the same period in 2017. In comparison, overall IT job postings recorded a 30 percent increase year-over-year.

Within specific emerging tech job categories, job postings are very strong:

* Blockchain positions are up 370 percent year-over-year

* Artificial intelligence: up 149 percent

* Machine learning: up 99 percent

* Big data: up 41 percent

 Computer science careers: Robust salary opportunities

The median annual wage for computer science and information technology occupations was $89,780 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $49,630, according to the BLS.

The most common job for computer science graduates is software developer, with a median pay in 2017 of $102,470. The highest paying jobs in the field of computer science, reports the BLS, also include computer network architects ($107,870), information security analysts ($99,690) and computer systems analysts ($92,740).

Computer science graduates currently work in a range of career positions, including:

* Director of IT * Programmer * Web developer * Clinical systems analyst * Professor in IT or computer science * Software engineer * Applications analyst

As firms increasingly expand their operations to digital platforms, professionals with computer science and information systems degrees will be responsible for implementing these goals, and demand will grow, according to the BLS.

Computer science careers will also expand with new jobs to bolster cybersecurity in computer and information systems used by businesses. Industries such as retail trade will need to implement more robust security policies as cyber threats increase.

Also impacting computer science jobs in the future, says CompTIA, is that an increase in the popularity of cloud computing may result in firms outsourcing services from in-house IT departments to cloud-computing companies. This will shift IT services from IT departments in non-computer industries, such as financial firms or schools, to firms engaged in computer systems design and related services, and those in data processing, hosting and related services

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