Specialized Computer Programming
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Overview
A specialized program that focuses on the writing and implementation of generic and customized programs to drive operating systems and that generally prepares individuals to apply the methods and procedures of software design and programming to software installation and maintenance.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in specialized computer programming at each level last year.
0204060801000-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all specialized computer programming graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 69% 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 lower percentage of graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in specialized computer programming earned in the last academic year, 26% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 76% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in computer programming & data processing, which includes specialized computer programming and 2 other program.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in computer programming & data processing have a median salary of $64,349.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 18% 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 computer programming & data processing, which consists of 3 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 3.6%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are less likely than the bachelor's graduates of 66% other fields to be employed.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 6% of workers who earned a bachelor's in computer programming & data processing are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Programming & Data Processing (which combines 3 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 programming

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 programming within the ACS computer programming & data processing degree designation, which contains a total of 3 programs.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree computer programming & data processing. 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 computer programming & data processing degree
Specialized Computer Programming
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Programming
Employment overview
Percentage of computer programming & data processing bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in computer programming & data processing lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage computer programming & data processing 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 18.5% of computer programming & data processing graduates are currently not working. However, only 3.6% are classified as "unemployed," while 14.9% 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.

81%
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 computer programming & data processing 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.

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Salary overview
Typical salaries for computer programming & data processing majors

How does the median (middle) salary for computer programming & data processing 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
$64,349$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 computer programming & data processing 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.

$60K$69K$59K$56K$88K$64K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal government (4.9% )Private for-profit (73.9% )Private not-for-profit (6.3% )State government (5.3% )Federal government (3.8% )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 computer programming & data processing majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in computer programming & data processing. 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 computer programming & data processing 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 computer programming & data processing 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.

$68K$60K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For computer programming & data processing graduates, men generally earn 13% more than women. This is better than many: 90% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

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Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of computer programming & data processing bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in computer programming & data processing 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 computer programming & data processing graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$78K$52K$84K$56K$78K$85K$83K$65K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
01K2K3K4K5KNumber 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 computer programming & data processing majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for computer programming & data processing majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all specialized computer programming completions reported last year, 44% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 16% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in specialized computer programming
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 programming today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in computer programming & data processing when in college.

We know that about 18% computer programming & data processing majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of computer programming & data processing majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

18%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: computer programming & data processing majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 18% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in computer programming & data processing, 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 computer programming & data processing by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$63K$77K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree

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%0%10%20%30%40%50%Bachelor's to Master's
Explore Careers
Careers for computer programming & data processing majors
Careers for computer programming & data processing 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 computer programming & data processing. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in specialized computer programming and 2 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the computer programming & data processing degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in computer programming & data processing, 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 programming. 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
**Computer programmers
$0$200K$82K
19.1%
Applications and systems software developers
$0$200K$96K
13.5%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
4.3%
Computer systems analysts
$0$200K$75K
3.5%
Computer and information systems managers
$0$200K$99K
2.6%
Computer support specialists
$0$200K$54K
2.3%
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
$0$200K$68K
1.9%
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
1.5%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
1.5%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
1.5%
Management analysts
$0$200K$76K
1.4%
Designers
$0$200K$51K
1.3%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
1.3%
Database administrators
$0$200K$78K
1.2%
Web developers
$0$200K$60K
1.2%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
$0$200K$59K
1.1%
Retail salespersons
$0$200K$31K
1.1%
Network and computer systems administrators
$0$200K$71K
1.0%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
$0$200K$48K
0.9%
Financial managers
$0$200K$68K
0.9%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten computer programming & data processing careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by computer programming & data processing 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 EngineeringGeneral Computer and Information SystemsComputer EngineeringMathematicsBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral EngineeringGeneral BusinessManagement Information Systems and StatisticsComputer Programming & Data ProcessingMechanical EngineeringPhysicsEconomicsFinanceAccountingPsychologyPolitical Science and GovernmentMarketingCommunicationsInformation SciencesElementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEnglish Language and LiteratureEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationHistoryLiberal ArtsCommercial Art and Graphic DesignFine ArtsArchitectureComputer programmersApplications and systemssoftware developersComputer systems analystsManagers (specializedareas)Computer and informationsystems managersComputer supportspecialistsComputer occupations(specialized areas)Elementary and middleschool teachersRetail salespersonsDesignersAll others
Jobs that choose computer programming & data processing majors
What careers hire computer programming & data processing 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 computer programming & data processing 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 computer programming & data processing 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 programmersAll other careersComputer Programming &Data ProcessingAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer specialized computer programming 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
Advanced Computing Institute
CA
265
$15,189
66%
Bristol Community College
MA
5,331
41.3
$6,450
61%
30%
Bunker Hill Community College
MA
8,355
56.5
$7,012
55%
20%
Carnegie Mellon University
PA
6,144
10.6
$29,817
95%
89%
Digital Media Institute at InterTech
LA
14
7.0
$9,794
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc - San Sebastian
PR
1,552
63.1
$7,925
37%
0%
Full Sail University
FL
23,357
33.0
$25,254
59%
65%
Lorain County Community College
OH
6,596
52.8
$3,489
47%
20%
Massasoit Community College
MA
4,801
43.3
$7,853
63%
26%
Northeast Community College
NE
2,969
23.4
$8,696
70%
45%
Norwalk Community College
CT
3,640
40.0
$7,772
54%
19%
Oakland Community College
MI
12,268
56.8
$3,424
39%
26%
University of Akron Main Campus
OH
15,302
26.4
$16,863
59%
45%
University of Chicago
IL
6,148
11.1
$34,834
93%
92%
University of New Haven
CT
4,930
23.9
$33,665
79%
54%
Weber State University
UT
16,519
31.5
$11,098
78%
38%
Explore similar programs

Specialized Computer Programming is part of a larger collection of programs: Computer Sciences and Information Technology. Is there a different program that's close to Specialized Computer Programming 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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