Department of
Computer and Information Sciences


Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Prof. Reneta Barneva, Chair
2148 Fenton Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: 716-673-4750
Fax: 716-673-4821

Computer and Information Sciences Office:
716-673-4820

Careers and Jobs

Best Jobs


  • According to code.org, by 2020 there will be 1,000,000 more jobs in computing than students.
  • Computer science is the highest paid college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at 2X the national average.
  • Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a computer science degree. That's fewer than 10 years ago.
  • Only 2% of all mathematics and sciences students graduate with a degree in computer science, but 60% of the jobs in math and sciences and computing related.

Twenty five out of 100 CNN Money's Best Jobs in America are computer related. The table below lists them and includes the job rank, median pay at 5 to 7 years, total jobs in the field, and 10-year job growth.

 
Rank Occupation Median Pay (5-7 years experience) Total Jobs 10-Year Job Growth Fredonia Degree
#3 Software Architect $ 119,000.00 3,426,000 24.6% Primarily CIS
#5 Database Administrator $ 87,200.00 110,800 30.6% Either CIS or CS
#9 Software Developer $ 84,200.00 3,426,000 24.6% Either CS or CIS
#13 IT Consultant $ 96,400.00 544,400 22.1% Primarily CIS
#14 IT Network Engineer $ 73,400.00 347,200 27.8% Either CIS or CS + Certifications
#15 IT Security Consultant $ 102,000.00 347,200 27.8% Either CIS or CS + Certifications
#21 Systems Administrator $ 63,900.00 347,200 27.8% Either CIS or CS + Certifications
#23 Systems Developer $ 94,600.00 3,426,000 27.8% Primarily CS
#24 Programmer Analyst $ 77,100.00 544,400 22.1% Primarily CS
#28 IT Business Analyst $ 76,200.00 544,400 22.1% CIS
#31 IT Training Specialist $ 64,700.00 217,700 28.3% Primarily CIS
#34 Applications Engineer $ 76,400.00 3,426,000 24.6% Primarily CS
#43 User Experience Designer $ 95,600.00 3,426,000 22.1% Either CS or CIS
#51 SAP Basis Administrator $ 107,000.00 110,800 30.6% Primarily CIS
#58 IT Network Technician $ 61,200.00 347,200 27.8% Either CIS or CS + Certifications
#61 Computer Systems Analyst $ 68,600.00 544,400 22.1% Primarily CIS
#64 User Interface Engineer $ 89,500.00 3,426,000 24.6% Primarily CIS
#72 Research Scientist $ 81,800.00 1,228,800 15.5% Primarily CS
#79 Information Architect $ 106,000.00 3,426,000 24.6% Primarily CIS
#81 SAS Programmer $ 92,700.00 3,426,000 24.6% Primarily CS
#83 Technical Support Engineer $ 74,000.00 607,000 18.1% Either CIS or CS + Certifications
#87 ERP Consultant $ 104,000.00 718,800 21.9% CIS
#90 Assistant Professor $ 61,200.00 1,756,000 17.4% Either CS or CIS + Graduate School
#91 Firmware Engineer $ 100,000.00 3,426,000 24.6% CS
#95 Network Security Engineer $ 93,400.00 347,200 27.8% Primarily CS + Certifications
 
According to Kiplinger's, Management Information Systems is among the 10 best college majors for your career in 2012 with median salary: $71,000, median salary for recent grads: $51,000, and projected job growth for this field, 2010–2020: 18%.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Two [out of twenty] of the fastest growing occupations are in the Computer Specialist occupational group. Network systems and data communications analysts is projected to be the second-fastest-growing occupation in the economy." Computer software engineers occupation has the maximal wage - $85,430 among all fastest growing jobs. The excerpt below shows the median wages for these types of jobs.

 

Occupations

Percent growth

Number
of
new jobs
(in thousands)

Wages (May 2008 median)

Education/training category

Network systems and data communications analysts

53

155.8

$71,100

Bachelor's degree

Computer software engineers, applications

34

175.1

$85,430

Bachelor's degree

SOURCE: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics and Division of Occupational Outlook

 

SUNY Fredonia also offers the many benefits from its Technology Incubator, which presently houses 15 tenants, each with numerous needs and opportunities for interns seeking the unparalleled experience of assisting start-up companies as they strive for success.

A recent paper in USA Today described the boom in hiring in computer and information sciences.  Money Magazine rated software engineering job as the best job of America in 2006. CareersCast ranked Software Engineer as the best job of 2011. 

Many CS/CIS professional organizations post job ads on their websites:

ACM Computing Degrees and Career
(Research on opportunities in computing sciences.)

IEEE Careers in Computer Science and Computer Engineering
(Research on opportunities in computing sciences.)

SIAM Careers and Jobs
(Research on opportunities in computing sciences.)


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