Specialized Computer and Information Sciences
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Overview
A specialized program that focuses on computing, computer science, and information science and systems.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in specialized computer and information sciences at each level last year.
02004006008001K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all specialized computer and information sciences graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 86% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 79% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in specialized computer and information sciences earned in the last academic year, 23% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 77% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in general computer and information systems, which includes specialized computer and information sciences and 5 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in general computer and information systems have a median salary of $72,996.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 25% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 22% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in general computer and information systems, which consists of 6 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 3.1%, this degree's majors are in about the middle of all fields's bachelor's graduates in their ability to find a job.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 4% of workers who earned a bachelor's in general computer and information systems are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in General Computer and Information Systems (which combines 6 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data is for bachelor's recipients of several programs including specialized computer and information sciences

This section is informed by household surveys collected for the American Community Survey (ACS). For each person in the households surveyed, we learn about their college major (if applicable), final educational attainment, age, occupation, salary, and more. Using the ACS data lets us share something about what financial and career outcomes people can expect after majoring in a particular field in college.

Within our program pages, Ididio details over 1700 programs. However, the ACS surveys only report on 170 college major degrees. There is no published crosswalk between the programs and degrees. Some of the programs we describe are mostly offered as certificates or graduate programs, and don't make sense as college majors. For the remaining programs, we created a mapping to the best-fitting ACS degree designation.

We placed specialized computer and information sciences within the ACS general computer and information systems degree designation, which contains a total of 6 programs.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree general computer and information systems. While we compile data on those who also received graduate education, unfortunately ACS does not record the subject area for graduate degrees.

Programs included in the ACS general computer and information systems degree
Information Technology Project Management
Information Technology
Specialized Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences
Specialized Computer and Information Sciences
Specialized Computer/Information Technology Services Management
Employment overview
Percentage of general computer and information systems bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in general computer and information systems lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage general computer and information systems majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 13.6% of general computer and information systems graduates are currently not working. However, only 3.1% are classified as "unemployed," while 10.5% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

86%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether general computer and information systems majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

3.1%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for general computer and information systems majors

How does the median (middle) salary for general computer and information systems majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$72,996$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for general computer and information systems majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$76K$43K$67K$60K$59K$82K$63K$73K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate for-profit (73.0% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (2.0% )Private not-for-profit (6.9% )Local government (4.5% )State government (4.8% )Federal government (6.4% )Self Emp. Incoporated (2.3% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for general computer and information systems majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in general computer and information systems. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (73%)
Women (27%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that general computer and information systems has more men than most other degrees.

27%73%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of general computer and information systems majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$75K$66K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For general computer and information systems graduates, men generally earn 15% more than women. This is better than many: 84% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

15%15%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of general computer and information systems bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in general computer and information systems can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for general computer and information systems graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$84K$87K$55K$70K$83K$77K$84K$82K$36K$0$50K$100K$150KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
020K40K60K80KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can general computer and information systems majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for general computer and information systems majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all specialized computer and information sciences completions reported last year, 82% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 25% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in specialized computer and information sciences
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in specialized computer and information sciences today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in general computer and information systems when in college.

We know that about 25% general computer and information systems majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of general computer and information systems majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

25%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: general computer and information systems majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 25% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in general computer and information systems, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in general computer and information systems by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$69K$84K$88K$84K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

22%21%26%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for general computer and information systems majors
Careers for general computer and information systems majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree general computer and information systems. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in specialized computer and information sciences and 5 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the general computer and information systems degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in general computer and information systems, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in specialized computer and information sciences. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
Applications and systems software developers
$0$200K$96K
11.7%
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
$0$200K$68K
8.8%
Computer and information systems managers
$0$200K$99K
6.4%
Computer support specialists
$0$200K$54K
5.7%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
5.5%
Computer systems analysts
$0$200K$75K
4.6%
Computer programmers
$0$200K$82K
4.5%
Network and computer systems administrators
$0$200K$71K
2.6%
Management analysts
$0$200K$76K
2.4%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
1.4%
Database administrators
$0$200K$78K
1.3%
Information security analysts
$0$200K$88K
1.3%
Web developers
$0$200K$60K
1.3%
Customer service representatives
$0$200K$32K
1.3%
Computer network architects
$0$200K$95K
1.2%
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
1.2%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
$0$200K$48K
1.1%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
1.1%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
1.1%
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers
$0$200K$43K
1.0%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten general computer and information systems careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by general computer and information systems graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
Computer ScienceElectrical EngineeringComputer EngineeringGeneral Computer and Information SystemsMathematicsGeneral EngineeringBusiness Management and AdministrationMechanical EngineeringGeneral BusinessPhysicsManagement Information Systems and StatisticsPsychologyCommunicationsInformation SciencesAccountingPolitical Science and GovernmentEconomicsMarketingFinanceComputer Programming & Data ProcessingComputer Administration Management and SecurityEnglish Language and LiteratureApplications and systemssoftware developersComputer occupations(specialized areas)Computer and informationsystems managersComputer supportspecialistsManagers (specializedareas)Computer systems analystsComputer programmersNetwork and computersystems administratorsManagement analystsAccountants and auditorsAll others
Jobs that choose general computer and information systems majors
What careers hire general computer and information systems majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have general computer and information systems as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of general computer and information systems majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Careers where this degree is a top 10 hire
Degrees
Computer occupations (specialized areas)Computer systems analystsApplications and systems software developersWeb developersComputer support specialistsNetwork and computer systems administratorsInformation security analystsDatabase administratorsComputer network architects Computer hardware engineersComputer programmersComputer and information systems managersAll other careersGeneral Computer andInformation SystemsAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer specialized computer and information sciences degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Antioch University - Los Angeles
CA
203
26.3
63%
62%
Boston University
MA
21,496
17.8
$33,728
90%
84%
Brand College
CA
24
4.8
Buena Vista University
IA
1,924
24.9
$20,016
79%
57%
Bunker Hill Community College
MA
8,355
56.5
$7,012
55%
20%
California Miramar University
CA
87
$9,910
100%
California State University - Dominguez Hills
CA
9,876
31.5
$4,957
58%
52%
California State University - Monterey Bay
CA
6,223
33.5
$11,233
76%
59%
California State University - Northridge
CA
28,409
32.9
$5,958
69%
66%
California State University - San Bernardino
CA
15,828
36.3
$8,704
59%
64%
Capella University
MN
7,740
123.6
$15,667
49%
15%
Carnegie Mellon University
PA
6,144
10.6
$29,817
95%
89%
College of Charleston
SC
10,148
20.6
$19,790
73%
68%
Colorado College
CO
2,190
10.8
$29,528
88%
88%
Delta College
MI
5,963
29.8
$4,645
52%
23%
Duke University
NC
8,085
11.0
$22,011
94%
96%
Eastern Illinois University
IL
5,286
16.7
$14,107
74%
64%
Gwinnett Technical College
GA
4,959
37.0
$7,862
50%
28%
Gwynedd Mercy University
PA
2,077
33.4
$23,852
79%
41%
Hofstra University
NY
7,216
21.9
$32,566
78%
62%
Explore similar programs

Specialized Computer and Information Sciences is part of a larger collection of programs: Computer Sciences and Information Technology. Is there a different program that's close to Specialized Computer and Information Sciences that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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