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Online M.S. 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 phase of technology, Lewis University's online M.S. 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 that 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 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS cites several reasons for the growth, including:*

  • The need for higher-quality software on all computing platforms
  • A greater emphasis on cloud computing
  • Collection and storage of big data and the need to interpret it
  • The ever-increasing need to protect data from cyber threats

Prepare for the Hottest Tech Jobs

A recent Business Insider ranking found that 13 of the 15 hottest tech jobs paying over $100,000 are in or directly related to computer science.**

Role

Average Compensation 2017***

Growth from 2016***

Systems Programmer

$111,147

2.1%

Software Engineer

$108,059

4.5%

Storage Architect

$110,553

4.2%

Mobile Specialist/Technologist

$101,133

2.2%

Network Architect

$122,400

5.8%

Application Development Manager

$125,399

2.4%

Systems Architect

$117,190

3.8%

Database Architect

$133,013

1.3%

Data Warehousing Manager

$113,302

1.8%

Enterprise Architect

$133,830

2.9%

Chief Technology Officer

$128,281

1.5%

Chief Security Officer

$173,307

6.4%

Chief Information Officer

$179,118

3.7%

Top-Ranked, Top-Earning Positions

With your online MSCS degree, you will be ready for roles that are among the nation's most promising—not just in the technology sector, but compared to the entire U.S. job market. Prepare for jobs like these:

Earning your advanced computer science degree is a tremendous investment in your future. Learn the skills employers need, earn a more lucrative salary, and stand out in a booming job market at this pivotal moment.

When you earn your Master of Science in Computer Science you’ll be prepared for success in some of the nation’s top-ranked, fastest-growing and most promising positions.

M.S. in Computer Science Career Data

Software Engineering Manager

#1 Fastest-Growing Job

in the U.S., according to LinkedIn*

$148,000

median base salary*

38%

year-over-year job growth*

Machine Learning Engineer

#2 LinkedIn’s Top 10

list of the most promising jobs of 2018*

9.8X Growth

between 2012 and 2017**

Software Developer

#1 Forbes Best Jobs

for 2018 and beyond***

$126,940

median base salary***

30% Growth

projected by 2026****

Sources:*LinkedIn, “LinkedIn Data Reveals the Most Promising Jobs and In-Demand Skills of 2018,”
https://blog.linkedin.com/2018/january/11/linkedin-data-reveals-the-most-promising-jobs-and-in-demand-skills-2018
**LinkedIn, “Here Are the 20 Fastest-Growing Jobs in the US”
https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/trends-and-research/2017/here-are-the-20-fastest-growing-jobs-in-the-us
***Forbes, “The Best Jobs for 2018 and Beyond”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardgano/2018/01/29/the-best-jobs-for-2018-and-beyond/
****U.S. News & World Report,
https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/software-developer

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 M.S. 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, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (visited June 2018)
**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
***ComputerWorld, IT Salary Watch: https://www.computerworld.com/category/it-salary-watch/