Computer Science Requirements
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Computer science remains one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States. Computer science degree programs emphasize the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing, taking a scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications. Computation is defined as any type of calculation or use of computing technology that follows well-defined models in the practice of information processing. Some higher education institutions may use computer science as an umbrella term to cover various specialist and vocational degrees involving computers and technology.
Computer Science Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Computer Science degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Computer Science degrees have experience in is Software Engineer, followed by Computer Programmer, Web Developer, Full Stack Developer, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Technical Support Specialist, Computer Systems Administrator, Computer Systems Engineer, App Developer, and IT Manager.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Full Stack Developer||7.8%||0.1%||136.8×|
|Software Quality Assurance Engineer||6.1%||0.2%||38.6×|
|Technical Support Specialist||5.0%||0.8%||6.3×|
|Computer Systems Administrator||3.8%||0.1%||26.8×|
|Computer Systems Engineer||3.5%||0.2%||21.3×|
Computer Science Salary
Computer Science graduates earn on average $53k, putting them in the 80th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$39k|
|Median (average earners)||$53k|
|75th (top earners)||$70k|
Computer Science Underemployment
Computer Science graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||27%|