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Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming

3,787 Yearly Graduations
$37,450 Median Salary
$16,534 Median Debt
There are 374 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in programming. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.3% of programming graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Programming Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,787 associate's degree were awarded to programming majors. This earns it the #4 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in programming at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 3,860
Associate’s Degree 3,787
Bachelor’s Degree 1,560
Undergraduate Certificate 1,334
Master’s Degree 145
Graduate Certificate 2

Earnings of Programming Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in programming is $37,450. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $26,925 and the high is $43,975.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in programming is $16,534. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $19,749 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,040.

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The median monthly payment of a programming graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $172.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degree in programming. About 79.8% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,022
Women 765
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Programming

The racial-ethnic distribution of programming associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 299
Black or African American 327
Hispanic or Latino 499
White 2,128
International Students 238
Other Races/Ethnicities 296
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Programming Associate's Degree Students

There are 374 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in programming. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California
110 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Diablo Valley College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 19,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 110 people received their associate's degree in programming from Diablo Valley. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 21% were women.

#2

ASA College

Brooklyn, New York
92 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

ASA College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in programming. Each year, around 4,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 associate's degree were handed out to programming majors at ASA Institute. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 32% were women.

#3

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
87 Yearly Graduations
10% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Jacinto Community College. Roughly 30,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 people received their associate's degree in programming from San Jacinto College. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 10% were women.

#4

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon
72 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland Community College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in programming. Roughly 28,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 72 people received their associate's degree in programming from Portland Community College. About 22% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

65 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbus State Community College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in programming. Each year, around 27,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 65 people received their associate's degree in programming from Columbus State. About 17% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
58 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chippewa Valley Technical College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in programming. Roughly 7,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 people received their associate's degree in programming from CVTC. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 16% were women.

58 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Wayne County Community College District. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 associate's degree were handed out to programming majors at WCCCD. Around 76% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#8

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
51 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valencia College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in programming. Each year, around 44,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The programming program at Valencia College awarded 51 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 20% were women.

50 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. The programming program at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City awarded 50 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 16% were women.

#10

Renton Technical College

Renton, Washington
46 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Renton Technical College. Each year, around 3,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 people received their associate's degree in programming from Renton Technical College. About 20% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
42 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gwinnett Technical College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in programming. Roughly 8,300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their associate's degree in programming from GTC. Of these students, 43% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
42 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Petersburg College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in programming. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 associate's degree were handed out to programming majors at SPC. About 26% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Hartnell College

Salinas, California
40 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
98% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Hartnell College. Each year, around 12,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The programming program at Hartnell College awarded 40 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 98% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#13

St Charles Community College

Cottleville, Missouri
40 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree is St Charles Community College. Roughly 6,500 attend the school each year. The programming program at St Charles Community College awarded 40 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 12% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

38 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Austin Community College District is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in programming. Roughly 40,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 associate's degree were handed out to programming majors at Austin Community College District. About 18% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

38 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Roughly 3,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their associate's degree in programming from LWTech. About 37% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Ozarks Technical Community College

Springfield, Missouri
36 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ozarks Technical Community College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in programming. Each year, around 12,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their associate's degree in programming from OTC. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 14% were women.

#18

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
34 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New England Institute of Technology is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in programming. Roughly 2,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,320 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 people received their associate's degree in programming from New England Tech. Of these students, 15% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Fox Valley Technical College

Appleton, Wisconsin
34 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fox Valley Technical College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in programming. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. The programming program at Fox Valley Technical College awarded 34 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 21% were women.

#20

Pittsburgh Technical College

Oakdale, Pennsylvania
33 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pittsburgh Technical College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in programming. Each year, around 1,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 associate's degree were handed out to programming majors at Pittsburgh Technical College. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 9% were women.

Programming Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Computer Programming 3,027
Specific Application Programming 712
Other Computer Programming 27
Computer Certifications 21

Below are some popular majors that are similar to programming that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Information Systems 10,195
Information Technology 6,744
Computer Systems Networking 4,092
Computer Science 2,944
Computer Software Applications 2,241

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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