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According to the US Department of Commerce forecasts of all professional occupations between 2006 and 20016 http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2007/11/art5full.pdf, “computer and mathematical occupations are expected to grow the most quickly (with a 24.8-percent growth rate).” Two of the four fastest growing jobs are CS jobs, with Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst jobs projected to grow 53.4%, and Computer Software Engineers 44.6%. Also included in the top 25 fastest-growing jobs are Computer Systems Analysts (29%), Database Administrators (28.6%), And Computer Systems Software Engineers (28.2%)
[Table above taken from http://www.bls.gov/emp/emptab21.htm]
The 2007 Money Magazine report shows CS (computer programmers, software engineers, and network administrators) as the hottest jobs.
Money magazine and Salary.comranked Software Engineer as the best job in America, in an April 2006 study showing an of average salary of $80,500 and a 10-year job growth forecast of 46%. The study took into account stress levels, flexibility in hours and working environment, creativity, and how easy it is to enter and advance in the field.
Computer IT analyst was #7, with an average salary of $83,500 and a 10-year growth forecast of 36%.
InformationWeek Magazine (Apr 18, 2006) reports that "more Americans are employed in IT than at any time in the nation's history. ... IT employment in the United States reached a record high of 3.472 million workers in the 12 months ended March 31, surpassing the 3.455 million IT workers employed the previous quarter and at the end of third quarter 2001, the zenith of the dot-com boom, according to an InformationWeek analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
David Patterson, president of the ACM (and founding researcher behind the SUN SPARC processor) describes increasing popularity of Computer Science, recounted in a Sept. 2005 ZDnet blog.
Maria Klawe, the Dean of Engineering at Princeton gave a keynote address in the December 2005 CIO magazine, mentioning that IT employment is at historical highs, and we must address educational shortcomings to attract more women and minority students.
The average salary increase to computer and information science graduates was 13 percent, indicating that these technical majors are in high demand. Computer science graduates saw their average salary offer increase by 14.7 percent to $59,873. The average salary offer for these graduates who were offered software design and development positions was even higher, topping out at $65,379.
4/16/2008, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) http://www.naceweb.org/press/display.asp?year=&prid=281
General Technical degrees (including Computer Science) majors saw their average starting salary offers rise 7.9 percent to $56,921. (CNN.com) This can be compared to the average starting salary of $33,258 for those with liberal arts degrees.
Average starting salary in CS in 2006: $53K
See historical CS salaries, as well as a comparison to other fields (see below, taken from http://www.cra.org/wp/index.php?p=127)
Salaries are high across the different areas of CS, as shown at http://www.cra.org/wp/index.php?p=118
An article from Redmond Developer describes the shortage of students majoring in CS, stating the following:
"Only 1.1 percent of new students planned to major in CS, according to a survey of incoming college freshman conducted in 2005 by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). Those results underscored a disturbing trend: HERI/UCLA survey data showed that since 2000, interest in CS as a potential major had dropped almost 70 percent."
ComputerWorld May 1, 2006 has an interview of CS field leaders on how CS needs to change.
UIC Ranked 34 out of top 50 CS grad programs based on publications (June 2006 CACM)
School Undergrads Grads Faculty Tuition 1 UIUC 5,500 2,500 400 $11,832 2 Northwestern 1,400 850 150 $32,000 3 UIC 1,624 850 115 $9,802 4 IIT 1,200 800 85 $22,218
Ranked in top three Engineering Colleges in IL (US News 2005)