According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rapid increase in demand for highly educated computer scientists is due in large part to growth in the computer software industry, including new applications needed for mobile technology, security software to address concerns over cyber security, and the increase in computer systems and applications used in the healthcare industry.
With courses that develop critical thinking and investigatory and expository skills, CSU’s online Master of Computer Science program equips you with the knowledge to develop solutions to tomorrow’s challenges as the world of computer applications continues to advance.
Computer science career data
Like many other STEM-related fields, career opportunities in computer science are expected to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in computer science will increase by approximately 24% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
In a 2017 article, Forbes listed the Master of Computer Science degree in the top 10 for highest paid master’s degrees. As of 2018, Burning Glass Technologies estimates the average annual salary to be $90,587 for a graduate with a computer science master’s degree. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information research scientists earn an average salary of $114,520, computer network architects earn an average of $104,650, and software developers earn $103,560 on average.
The field of computer science allows for many different areas of specialization. According to Burning Glass Technologies, the most sought-after computer science skills mentioned by industry employers include:
- Software development
- Software engineering
- Project management
According to the Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University, nearly 100 percent of CSU computer science master's students are employed in the field at graduation.
Build connections in the industry
Colorado State University’s Department of Computer Science maintains close connections to the computer industry. Our graduates are highly sought after by major high-tech, computer software, and aerospace companies, like Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola, Raytheon, and Lockheed-Martin. In addition, employment opportunities are rapidly growing in small- and medium-sized companies.