Computer & IS Security
Types of Degrees Computer & IS Security Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many computer and IS security graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Computer & IS Security Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to computer and IS security and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Computer & IS Security Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
- 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.
- Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
- 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.
- 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 Computer & IS Security Majors
When studying computer and IS security, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- 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.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- 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 Computer & IS Security Majors
Computer and IS Security majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- 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 Computer & IS Security Major?
People with a computer and IS security degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||12.0%||$142,530|
|Computer Network Architects||6.5%||$109,020|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||8.2%||$62,770|
|Information Security Analysts||28.5%||$98,350|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||6.1%||$82,050|
|Telecommunications Engineering Specialists||6.5%||$109,020|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer & IS Security?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of computer and IS security majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||579|
|Hispanic or Latino||497|
Students from other countries are interested in Computer & IS Security, too. About 2.6% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do Computer & IS Security Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $87,070 to $111,130 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to computer and IS security. 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Computer & IS Security
Some degrees associated with computer and IS security may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 computer and IS security have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||1.5%|
|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)||8.5%|
|Some College Courses||9.7%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||13.9%|
|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.||5.4%|
|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.||1.4%|
|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.||1.0%|
Online Computer & IS Security Programs
In 2018-2019, 701 schools offered a computer and IS security 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)||246||39|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||127||19|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||5||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||7||4|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Computer & IS Security Worth It?
The median salary for a computer and IS security grad is $92,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 131% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,042,600 after 20 years!
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Majors Related to Computer & IS Security
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to computer and IS security.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Network & System Administration/Administrator||5,778|
|Information Technology Management||3,066|
|Computer Support Specialist||2,955|
|Information Technology Project Management||1,614|
|System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management/Manager||1,521|
|Web/Multimedia Management & Webmaster||770|
*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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