The way we think about higher education has changed drastically over the last decade. More students are opting for master’s programs in computer science, rather than the traditional MBA track. But is that the right move for you?
It just might be ... that is, if you're looking for a highly compensated field that has a lot of job openings.
High starting salary for comp sci grads
The first thing to know is that the salaries among computer-related occupations are on the rise.
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And if you have an advanced degree, such as a master’s in computer science, you can expect to earn even more.
According to a recent article in U.S. News and World Report, recent computer science graduates with a master’s degree are earning more than those graduating with an MBA.
This comes as no surprise since there’s currently a shortage of technology workers.
And with experts predicting an even bigger increase in high-tech jobs, opting for a degree in computer science sounds like a good move. Even better, the article also reports that computer science is one of the few disciplines where more jobs than degrees are being produced in the country.
But wait, it gets better. The jobs come with a hefty paycheck: Many 2017 computer science graduates with master's degrees earn more than $100,000 on average.
Sara Lindberg, B.S., M.Ed., is a freelance writer specializing in business, finance, health, and wellness. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master's Degree in Counseling. When she’s not writing, Sara can be found at the gym lifting weights, running the back roads to train for her next half-marathon, and spending time with her husband and two children. Read more by Sara Lindberg