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.