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11,369 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
4,956 Master's Degrees Annually
#3 in Popularity
$111,130 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Information Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many information technology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 11,399
Master’s Degree 4,956
Associate’s Degree 4,730
Basic Certificate 4,445
Undergraduate Certificate 586
Graduate Certificate 282
Doctor’s Degree 70

What Information Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to IT were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for IT Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for IT Majors

IT majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for IT Majors

As you progress with your IT degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Information Technology Major?

People with a IT degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370
Computer and Information Systems Managers 12.0% $142,530
Computer Network Architects 6.5% $109,020
Computer Systems Analysts 9.1% $88,740
Informatics Nurse Specialists 9.1% $88,740
Information Security Analysts 28.5% $98,350
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620
Software Developers, Systems Software 11.1% $110,000
Telecommunications Engineering Specialists 6.5% $109,020

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology?

11,399 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
21% Percent Women
42% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 79% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of IT majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of IT Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,322
Black or African American 1,505
Hispanic or Latino 1,456
White 5,190
International Students 595
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,331

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in IT. About 5.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Information Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $102,470 to $123,850 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to IT. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with IT require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for IT careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 5.2%
Some College Courses 5.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 51.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.4%
Master’s Degree 17.5%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.8%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 2.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.3%

Online Information Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 726 schools offered a IT program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 180 51
Certificate (1-2 years) 113 18
Certificate (2-4 Years) 7 0
Associate’s Degree 350 78
Bachelor’s Degree 34 14
Post-Baccalaureate 180 51
Master’s Degree 116 54
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 10 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Information Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a IT grad is $111,130 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 179% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,424,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to IT.

Major Number of Grads
General Computer & Information Sciences 46,489
Informatics 2,056
Other Computer & Information Sciences 1,143
Artificial Intelligence 326

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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