Job Outlook

A master’s degree in computer science is a great way to start a new career or advance an existing one. Code.org reports that there are more than 475,000 open computing jobs nationwide. Having a graduate degree in computer science will increase the career options of the applicants and helps them find higher-level positions, as many organizations are looking for employees with some graduate degree, according to Northeastern.edu and Careerbuilder.com. Salaries for these higher-level positions can be 21 percent higher on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This jump in salary in Computer Science is significantly higher that the jump in other majors. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s web site, computer science is among the top five master’s degrees in demand in the job market:

  • Business 45%
  • Engineering 32%
  • Computer and Information Science 25%
  • Mathematics and Sciences 14%
  • Social Sciences 7%

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science related jobs are expected to grow 12 percent between 2018 and 2028, which is much higher than the average expectation for all occupations (about 7 percent). The following is a list of some of these jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Note that for some of these jobs a master’s degree is not required but more technical positions in each area are available only to those who have a master’s degree.

 

Median Pay

Number of Jobs

Job Outlook

Employment Change

Computer and Information Research Scientist

$118,370

31,700

16%

5,200

Computer and Information System Manager

$142,530

414,400

11%

46,800

Computer and Network Architecture

$88,740

633,900

9%

56,000

Database Administrator

$90,070

116,900

9%

10,500

Postsecondary Teacher

$78,470

116,900

9%

10,500

Software Developer

$105,590

1,365,500

21%

284,100