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66 Associates's Degrees Annually
74 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#150 in Popularity (Associate's)
$108,080 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Computer Software Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many computer software technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 114
Bachelor’s Degree 74
Associate’s Degree 66
Undergraduate Certificate 3

What Computer Software Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to computer software tech and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Computer Software Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in computer software tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Computer Software Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to computer software tech:

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  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Computer Software Tech Majors

As a computer software tech major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Computer Software Technology?

66 Associate's Degrees Annually
23% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 77% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of computer software tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 38
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Computer Software Tech, too. About 4.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Computer Software Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $89,580 to $114,000 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to computer software tech. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with computer software tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for computer software tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.9%
Some College Courses 0.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 80.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.6%
Master’s Degree 12.3%

Online Computer Software Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 25 schools offered a computer software tech program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 10 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 1
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 10 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Computer Software Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a computer software tech grad is $108,080 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 171% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,363,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to computer software tech.

Major Number of Grads
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 2,067
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1,441
Other Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians 112
Computer Hardware Technology/Technician 31

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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