Strong Job Market / Great Salaries
All computing degrees are in great demand, and graduates in all of our degrees should experience a fantastic job market! There exists a critical shortage of computer and business informatics professionals at all levels, with a projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020. Our colleges and universities have been producing far fewer informatics and computer science graduates than what is needed to meet the demand.
If you are flexible with regard to work location, the job placement rate for those with a Bachelor's degree is 74% at graduation and 85% within 6 months of graduation (source).
Informatics and computer science are projected to grow much faster than other industries over the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While some niches within the field are expected to grow more quickly than others, any of the ICS majors is an excellent choice if you want a career with a solid future and high earnings.
Careers within informatics and computer science are expected to have solid job growth through 2022 and beyond (source).
As a result of this shortfall of ICS graduates, salaries are among the highest. Salaries in computing related fields continue to rise as companies compete for talented professionals. Compared to the average of all U.S. workers, IT occupations offer some of the highest pay in the U.S. For top tech talent, compensation is clearly on par with other leading earners.
According to the 2016 IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey, computing professionals reported an 5.03% hike in median income for the 2015 tax year alone. Starting salaries for US-based IT professionals are expected to rise an average of 3.8% in 2017, according to the Robert Half Technology 2017 Salary Guide. Software developers saw salaries in a range of $93,000- $155,000 in 2017 (from Robert Half 2017 Hiring and Compensation Trends.)
Salaries are explored in more detail on the Salaries link.