Computer science and computer engineering degrees aren’t necessarily a “must-has” in the workforce, according to a new report from the US Census Bureau.
The bureau surveyed 8,500 workers in 2020, finding that computer science degrees and computer skills were not widely regarded as a valuable career, and that those with these skills were “more likely to earn less than those with less than a high school diploma”.
The Bureau also found that the median income of computer science graduates was less than $26,000 a year, compared with $50,000 for computer science majors.
The study found that about 12% of people with computer science diplomas had a bachelor’s degree, and just 3% had a master’s.
The report found that nearly one in five computer science degree holders had earned a bachelor of science degree and about one in four had a Ph.
Computer science degrees also don’t appear to have any significant benefits for people’s overall career prospects, according the Bureau’s analysis.
For example, about one-third of those with computer engineering diplomas were employed in STEM jobs, while only about 10% of those who had a computer science diploma were employed at those jobs.
And the average salary of computer scientists in 2020 was just $32,000, compared to $60,000 in computer engineers, $67,000 to $82,000 of computer software developers and $88,000 or more of computer system and network administrators.
The Bureau said it will continue to work to improve computer science education, and will continue the Census Bureau’s focus on helping young people learn the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the digital world.