Computer Science vs. Information Technology (Part 3): Outlook & Salary

Let’s be honest, there’s a good chance that one of the reasons you decided to pursue a degree is to get a better job and, in turn, earn more money. While some say that money can’t buy happiness, it can help you sleep a little better at night knowing you can properly support your family.

So when you’re considering investing in a technology degree, it’s perfectly natural to be curious about the job outlook and salary trends of the field in which you’re hoping to work. After all, you want to be sure the time and money you are investing is going to be worth it in the post-graduation real world.

It’s true that earning a degree in technology can help increase job opportunities and annual salary. So, rest assured, you’ve made the right decision in going back to school. The next step is deciding which degree is right for you.

In this third installment of “Computer Science vs. Information Technology,” we analyze the job outlook and salary information for ten of the most sought after jobs in technology.

Job outlook for tech jobs

The good news is that, as a whole, technology job opportunities are increasing. In fact, businesses are struggling to fill critical technology roles, according to a report by Robert Half Technology.

The report also reveals that the pool of qualified candidates is shrinking, thereby increasing the demand for tech experts. Because of this, technology job opportunities are expected to multiply for individuals holding a degree.

Positions within the computer science and information technology (IT) industries are particularly abundant. IT jobs were the third most difficult positions to fill in 2012, according to ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey.

Experts also predict that in the next year, 120,000 jobs requiring a computer science degree will be created. With such a rapid boost in tech-related positions, it’s crucial that individuals hoping to break into this field earn the proper qualifications.

Earning a degree in computer science or IT can help make you one of the coveted tech professionals employers are seeking.

The chart included highlights the projected growth of ten common careers requiring a computer science or IT degree. It also distinguishes which degree is best suited for each position. Any overlap in the degrees required is due to the similar nature of the industries.

Salary information for tech jobs

The shortage in qualified technology professionals requires many employers to offer unique perks to land top tech talent. Fringe benefits can include free lunches or dry cleaning, professional development opportunities, flexible hours or even afternoon nap time in addition to generous salaries.

The combined median annual salary for the featured positions requiring a computer science or IT degree was more than $73,000 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That is more than double the median annual salary for U.S. workers in 2010. That fact alone suggests your decision to pursue a computer science or IT degree is an intelligent one.

These sizeable salaries will grant you the comfort and stability you’ve been seeking to help keep your family afloat—and the possibility of other enticing extras can’t hurt either!

The chart below illustrates the median annual salaries for some of the specific positions prevalent in these job sectors. Each position also lists which degree is required. Once again, you may notice some overlap in degrees depending on the nature of the job itself.

Keep in mind that the wages listed reflect the mid-range salary for each position and include individuals with various experience levels. So you may start out earning a lower salary after graduation, but you should also have the potential to earn much more after gaining experience.




After comparing the job outlook and salary information for computer science versus information technology professionals, hopefully you’re beginning to see which industry better suits your skills and interests.

The bright side is that both fields boast a promising outlook and offer sizeable salaries.


The final article in the “Computer Science vs. Information Technology” series will focus on the geographic locations in which tech jobs are particularly prevalent. “Like” our Rasmussen College School of Technology Facebook page to be alerted when this article is published.

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