Computer science degrees, which can include a bachelor’s degree, master’s and doctoral degrees, are increasingly becoming a prerequisite for employment and the workforce.
Computer science degree programs have grown from 3% of undergraduate degrees in 2002 to 23% in 2016, according to the Computing Research Association (CRA), which tracks computer science degrees.
The number of computer science graduates has more than doubled from the previous year, from 16,000 in 2001 to 33,000 last year, according a 2017 report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Information Science and Technology (CITS).
The report, titled “What Is a Computer Science Degree?
The Future of the STEM Job Market,” notes that the number of Computer Science degrees has increased by a staggering 17.4% over the past five years, outpacing the growth in the number that are in the pipeline for the job market.
The report says that the average bachelor’s computer science education cost $50,971 in 2016 and $65,829 in 2019.
The median cost of a bachelor degree in computer science, including master’s, was $68,622 in 2016.
According to CITS, computer science majors can earn a Bachelor’s degree at the bachelor’s level or higher, and an Associate’s degree in Computer Science or an Associate degree in Engineering, Business, Management, or a related field.
The CRA estimates that the current level of employment in the technology industry is more than three times the level in the mid-1990s.
“The job market is rapidly changing and that means that there are a lot of people in the IT industry who need computer science-related degrees,” said David Ries, chief executive of the CITS.
Ries said that the CIT has been tracking the number and cost of computer-related degree programs over the last two years and found that the cost of attending an advanced computer science program has risen dramatically over the years.
According to Ries and other experts, computer-based technologies like video conferencing, social networking, and virtual reality have increased in popularity and are gaining more and more popularity.
“We see that there is a massive need in the workforce for computer-oriented skills,” Ries said.
“This is a great opportunity for students who want to work in the high-tech sector.
If you are a student who wants to be a computer scientist, I think you would be doing very well.”CITS estimates that around 10% of computer scientists in the United States earn a master’s degree and 40% a doctoral degree.
About 50% of bachelor’s students in computer-science programs are in STEM fields, such as computer science and engineering.
According, the CIES data also showed that the unemployment rate for computer science students has been rising over the same time period.
The unemployment rate was 6.2% in 2017, compared to 4.8% for the general population, according the CRA report.
While many computer scientists are starting careers in the tech industry, the report also said that it is important to understand the differences between computer science programs and those for other fields, including engineering, business, and psychology.
For example, there is no requirement for students to have a bachelor of science degree to enter the software industry, but it is not uncommon for people to work at a software company, for example, without a degree, Ries added.
Computer science programs have a variety of offerings for students, ranging from online programs that have an emphasis on software development and software engineering to courses in which students are required to complete online courses.
The CRA data showed that computer-driven engineering programs offered by a number of companies include a master of science in engineering from Stanford University and a master degree in applied computer science from Harvard Business School.
“Many people are taking the online courses to get an associate degree, and that’s where the industry is headed,” Ried said.
“There are plenty of people who are going to do it [at a software engineering school].
It’s not a necessity.”
The CRA report said that employers should consider the following before making a decision on whether to hire a computer-engineered or engineering student:Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in computer engineering, computer sciences, or the software engineering field, there are three key things that you should know about the field:The first is the impact of computer engineering on the workplace, including whether computer scientists will find employment in these industries, Rie said.
The second is whether employers will be interested in hiring a computer engineer, and the third is whether the degree program will be a good fit for the candidate.
For more information on computer-intensive jobs, visit the CISA website or contact a local employment provider.