Computer science, business grads snag highest average salaries

The CSTA Blog reproduced an article from The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina the other day. Long story short? The current college graduates who are getting the big paychecks are computer science students first and business students second - and business is not a close second either.

According to the annual First Destination Survey released by University Career Services, May 2006 graduates with a degree in computer science had the highest annual mean salary at $60,000. Graduates with a degree in business administration were next on the list with an average salary of $47,534.

I hear computer science professors telling me they are getting more and more calls from companies looking to hire computer science graduates all the time. They don't have enough students to recommend for all the jobs that are coming in.

Of course UNC has an outstanding program and their graduates are likely to get jobs first and get the good money. But there are far from the only good school out there and others are reporting similar results. Students with a solid education in computer science are in high demand and there is no real indication that is going to change any time soon.

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Comments (5)

  1. Bryan says:

    Construction Management grads are made around $57,000 starting last spring.  Not sure what the average is this spring.

  2. Meeeee says:

    I thought all Computer Science jobs are being outsourced and that there is little work for computer scientists?

  3. AlfredTh says:

    Mostly it is the boring low paying computer related jobs that are being outsourced. In fact there are more jobs filled and open for computer scientists then ever before. Today there is a real concern about a shortage of people to fill the jobs.

  4. Meeeee says:

    Interesting. I am just choosing what I want to do in college now and for a few years now I have been thinking along computer science lines. It’s refreshing to hear someone say something good about computer science because most of the stories I hear are bad. (Then again, you only hear when something is wrong, right?)

    Why CS? Well I’ve looked at all college courses that are available to me and CS seems to suit me best. I have an interest in computers and maths. I have no experience programming though, so I don’t know how much I would enjoy this.

    I was slightly put off it because of hearing about outsourcing etc. So I looked at other degrees including e/e engineering and even mech engineering. Both subjects have "Computer Science I, II, II etc.". Do these just give a basis for CS?

    Also (this is getting long), does Computer Science really branch off into a lot of possibilities?



    +IT Industry

    +Programming or Software Engineering


    Have I got these right? Are there more?

  5. AlfredTh says:

    Take a look at this information booklet from the ACM and IEEE –

    also there is the ACM web site on computing careers – Lots of information out there. And print out some of this stuff and take it to guidance for the college counselers there. 🙂

    The possibilities are endless!

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