Career Outlook: Computer Science

It really is a hot field! According to an analysis of Labor Department figures by Laurence Shatkin, a career information expert, computers and information technology are tops among the highest-paying industries with salaried outpacing the median annual salary for all occupations. For example:

  • Software publishing (annual median salary) $72,350
  • Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing (annual median salary) $68,710
  • Computer systems design and related services (annual median salary) $66,130

Here’s some more data form the 2000, Bureau of Labor Statistics for Illinois:

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers – Total Employees 13,440 – Average Salary $77,860
  • Computer and Information Scientists, Research – Average Salary -$75,920
  • Computer Programmers – Total Employees – 26,810 Average Salary – $56,530
  • Computer Software Engineers, Applications – Total Employees – 18,710 Average Salary – $66,810
  • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software – Total Employees – 7,280 Average Salary – $69,900
  • Computer Systems Analysts – Total Employees -25,580 Average Salary – $66,310
  • Database Administrators – Total Employees -5,640 Average Salary – $52,600
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – Total Employees -10,430 Average Salary – $56,250
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Total Employees – 4,350 Average Salary – $56,880

Where do USF graduates find jobs?

USF computer science graduates are found in such diverse places as: