Computer science degrees can prepare students for lucrative positions

Computers science degrees lead to high-paying positions.
Computers science degrees lead to high-paying positions.

Computer technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S., and positions in it are expected to grow at a much faster rate than the average for all fields in the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Companies are increasingly dependent on internet and wireless networks for their business operations.

Typically, a bachelor's degree in computer or information science is considered helpful for entry positions. The BLS notes that some computers science graduates may be prepared to enter positions in the federal government.

Students who are enrolled in one Illinois-based university's computer science program can gain a familiarity with software and information assurance as well as the design and analysis of security programs. These graduates are likely to be prepared for lucrative positions in database administration and telecommunications.

The BLS notes that network systems and data communication analysts who were working in May 2008 earned an average yearly wage of $73,830.

For some higher-level positions, master's and doctoral degrees are needed in addition to a bachelor's. For instance, prospective software engineers need a PhD in computer engineering.

In 2008, the average annual wage of a computer systems software engineer was $94,520, according to the BLS.