The average salary for a computer scientist at a major US university has been on a steady rise since 2009, according to a new report from consulting firm Gartner.
Computer science salaries increased by almost 6% from $63,000 in 2009 to $68,500 in 2020.
“Computer science has always been a highly sought-after career path for the young, but with the number of computer science graduates increasing every year, that’s no longer the case,” Gartners COO Scott W. Pomerantz said in a statement.
Computer Science is a high-tech discipline that deals with the development of software systems.
In the past decade, it has been used by companies such as Uber, Airbnb, and Airbnb to build the infrastructure that connects businesses with guests.
It is also an area where young professionals are being drawn to as the job market continues to tighten.
As of this month, more than half of US high school seniors have a degree in computer science, according the US Census Bureau.
This is up from 40% in 2014.
Computer scientists are required to have a PhD in computer engineering, a degree that covers the theoretical and mathematical aspects of computer systems, and is highly sought after.
The salary of a computer science professional is typically higher than the average US salary of $62,000, according Gartens report.
However, the rise of computer technology means that computer scientists are increasingly competing with the likes of computer engineers for a high salary.
“With the rising number of applications that involve data and computing, it is becoming increasingly important to provide computer science students with an appropriate education, and with good preparation in order to excel in the field,” Pomeranz said.
He also noted that a growing number of universities are offering programs in computer sciences, including in the US and abroad.
Garteners report noted that “many computer science programs offer online courses for students to work on projects while on campus.”
Gartener also said that more and more universities are now offering graduate computer science degrees as part of their bachelor’s programs.
“Graduate computer science is gaining popularity as an option for many employers, and some programs offer degrees in this area,” the report said.
Garts report was released as a part of the annual Garters survey, which polled 100 leading IT companies, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook.
It asked employers how much they pay their computer scientists, how much their employees are earning in their current jobs, and how many of their employees have a computer degree.