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MS in Computer Science Career Outlook

Jobs in Computer Science

Whether you are trying to advance your career, move into an innovation-focused position or gain knowledge to shape the next technology, Lewis University’s MS in Computer Science (MSCS) can prepare you for the next step.

Taught by professionals with experience in the field, this graduate program provides innovative, applied training in computer science. Through three in-demand concentrations, you can tailor your learning to your preferred career path in cyber security, intelligent systems or software engineering. Plus, at the end, you will demonstrate your mastery of the field in a capstone experience in which you produce a publication-worthy document on a cutting-edge research topic or a technology-focused project you conducted for an external organization. With these newly acquired skills, you will be equipped for the next stage of your computer science career, one which puts you on the front lines of today’s fastest-paced field.

Growing Demand for Skills

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of computer and information research scientists will increase 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS cites several reasons for the growth:*

  • Unprecedented focus on cyber security including attack prevention
  • Increased need for businesses to collect and mine large sets of data
  • High demand for software and the need to make software writing more efficient

Hottest Tech Jobs

Business Insider's ranking of jobs found that 13 of the 15 hottest tech jobs paying over $100,000 are in computer science.**

Role

Total Compensation*

Percent Growth from 2014*

Systems programmer

$105,239

2.9%

Software engineer

$108,522

4.2%

Storage architect

$112,967

4.9%

Mobile specialist

$114,852

9.3%

Network architect

$119,084

3.4%

Application development manager

$120,938

3.4%

Systems architect

$121,317

3.3%

Database architect

$124,650

2.4%

Data warehousing manager

$127,004

2.8%

Enterprise architect

$131,589

2.4%

Chief technology officer

$137,623

2.9%

Chief security officer

$165,601

6.7%

Chief information officer

$169,812

4.6%

Industry Versatility

The need to create and improve computer hardware and software exists in nearly every industry. Careers in computer science occur across a wide variety of settings and organizations including:

  • Agriculture
  • Communications
  • Consumer packaged goods
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Professional services
  • Retail
  • Security
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Shape the Science of Technology

To learn more about the online MS in Computer Science, call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or click here to request more information.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer and Information Research Scientists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm (visited August 16, 2016).
**Bort, J. (2015, May 8). The 15 hottest tech jobs that pay over $100,000. Business Insider. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/15-tech-jobs-that-pay-over-100000-2015-5?op=1