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Computer Systems Technology

865 Associates's Degrees Annually
274 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#49 in Popularity (Associate's)
$65,050 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Computer Systems Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many computer technology/computer systems technology graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 664
Undergraduate Certificate 428
Basic Certificate 394
Bachelor’s Degree 290

What Computer Systems Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to computer systems 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 Systems Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Computer Systems Tech Majors

When studying computer systems tech, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Computer Systems Tech Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a computer systems tech student include the following:

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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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Computer Systems Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with computer systems tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Electronics Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330

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

664 Associate's Degrees Annually
11% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 89% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 39
Black or African American 102
Hispanic or Latino 76
White 391
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 53

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Computer Systems Tech. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Computer Systems Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to computer systems tech is $65,050. This median refers to 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 systems tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 11.8%
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) 28.4%
Some College Courses 13.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 33.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 9.3%
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. 0.3%
Master’s Degree 2.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.7%

Online Computer Systems Technology Programs

In 2019-2020, 136 schools offered a computer systems 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 63 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 70 6
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Computer Systems Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a computer systems tech grad is $65,050 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 63% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $503,000 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Computer Engineering Technology 1,477
Computer Software Technology 194
Other Computer Engineering Technologies 118
Computer Hardware Technology 33

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.

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