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605 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
216 Master's Degrees Annually
#15 in Popularity
$123,850 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Computer Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other computer and information sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 605
Master’s Degree 216
Undergraduate Certificate 95
Associate’s Degree 80
Basic Certificate 80
Graduate Certificate 58
Doctor’s Degree 9

What Other Computer Sciences Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to other computer and information sciences 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 Other Computer & Information Sciences 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Other Computer & Information Sciences Majors

A major in other computer and information sciences prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities for Other Computer & Information Sciences Majors

As a other computer and information sciences major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Other Computer Sciences Major?

People with a other computer and information sciences degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other Computer Sciences?

605 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
22% Percent Women
43% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 78% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other computer and information sciences majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Computer & Information Sciences Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 124
Black or African American 38
Hispanic or Latino 82
White 254
International Students 66
Other Races/Ethnicities 41

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Other Computer & Information Sciences, too. About 10.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Other Computer Sciences Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Other Computer and Information Sciences majors often go into careers with median salaries of $123,850. This median refers to 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 other computer and information sciences 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other computer and information sciences have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 8.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 36.2%
Master’s Degree 19.9%
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. 2.6%
Doctoral Degree 28.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.5%

Online Other Computer Sciences Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 schools offered some type of other computer and information sciences program. 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) 6 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 6 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 1
Associate’s Degree 9 2
Bachelor’s Degree 8 3
Post-Baccalaureate 6 1
Master’s Degree 20 6
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Computer Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a other computer and information sciences grad is $123,850 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 210% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,679,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other computer and information sciences.

Major Number of Grads
General Computer & Information Sciences 46,489
Information Technology 26,468
Informatics 2,056
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.

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