IT and computing jobs are plentiful...
Even with a general employment downturn, IT and computing jobs are growing fast. Average projected growth of all U.S. occupations between 2016 and 2026 is 7%
. Technology jobs are likely to increase by 13%
during the same period.
...and they pay well.
The average starting salary offered to computer science graduates is $74,183, roughly $23,000 higher than the starting salary for graduates across the professions, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Want in? A college degree in a computing major will make it happen. Read on to see how your interests line up with different degrees and careers in computing.
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COMPUTER SCIENCE and ENGINEERING (CSE) professionals design and build software. They design, define, and organize many aspects of a complex software product. CSE is a foundation for many different computing careers.
|Computer and Information Research Scientist
|Information Security Analyst
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (IS) specialists design and manage computing systems that help organizations achieve their goals. Most IS programs are found in business schools.
|Computer and Information Systems Manager
|Computer Systems Analyst
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) professionals support, troubleshoot, and design elements of the IT infrastructure (websites to networks) in organizations including businesses, government, schools, health care, and more.
|Web Developer or Website Manager
|Network and Computer Systems Administrator
|Computer Network Architect
Get started now!
- Take math, IT, and computer science classes.
- Look for extracurricular computing activities.
- Talk with your school counselor and computer science teacher about your interests and let them advise you.
- Do research: meet with advisors at colleges and universities.
- Apply at the universities or colleges with programs that suit your interests.