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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 865
Basic Certificate 485
Undergraduate Certificate 443
Bachelor’s Degree 274

What Computer Systems Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to computer systems tech were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

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

computer systems tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

As you progress with your computer systems tech degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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?

People with a computer systems tech degree often go into the following careers:

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?

865 Associate's Degrees Annually
14% Percent Women
38% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 86% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Computer Systems Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 62
Black or African American 128
Hispanic or Latino 106
White 505
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 58

Geographic Diversity

Computer Systems Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 0.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Computer Systems Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Computer Systems Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $65,050. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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. 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 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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 152 schools offered some type of computer technology/computer systems technology program. 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) 55 8
Certificate (1-2 years) 62 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 77 8
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 55 8
Master’s Degree 2 1
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 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/Technician 1,441
Computer Software Technology/Technician 257
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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