Advances in technology offer a bright, secure employment future for people with an associate, bachelor's, masters or doctorate in the field of computer science. Regardless of the level of education attained, a computer science graduate can often attract top dollar for her skills. Nevertheless, the more education, training and professional experience those in the industry gain, the higher the salary.
Those with an associate degree can earn the following annual average salaries: Computer/network support technician: £24,375 Software engineer/developer/programmer: £32,162 Database administrator: £32,561 Information technology manager: £45,744
Graduates with a bachelor's degree have more depth of training than with an associate degree. A computer science graduate with a bachelor's degree is familiar with computer networks, maintenance, upgrades, programming and technical applications of computers. According to degreedirectory.org (see References), graduates with a bachelor's earn the following annual average salaries: Computer systems software engineer: £52,741 Computer applications software engineer: £49,601 Database administrator: £45,662 Software publisher: £51,954
Graduates with a masters in computer science have quite a bit more earning power than those with only an associate or bachelor's. Degreedirectory.org (see References) listed the following annual average salaries that accompany a master's degree: Computer support technician: £26,279 Software engineer: £48,737 Information technology manager: £52,162 Professionals with a master's degree can also attain higher positions with greater pay such as IT manager, computer consultant, corporate information systems manager, computer technology manager, corporate technology supervisor, computer programmer and database manager. Those with a master's degree in computer science often start either their own business in computer services or a consulting business.
With a doctorate, computer science professionals can advance in their field to management positions. The doctorate is also necessary to teach in higher education. Universities and colleges anticipate that nearly 900,000 professors will be needed to teach computer science programs. According to degreedirectory.org (see References), those with a doctorate attract positions with the following average salaries: Computer programmers: £40,937 System analysts: £43,888 Computer security: £38,428 Computer science professors: £34,788
Technology is rapidly growing and technology salaries are expected to grow with it. Growth means professionals entering the industry and those with experience must be dedicated to ongoing education. According to degreedirectory.org, more computer science professionals also might want to obtain their doctorate to either advance in the field or become professors to teach and train new computer science workers.
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