Engineering aside, technology degrees provide graduates with some of the highest-paying salaries. College and university students who obtain these degrees in technology might also find their skills are needed in a variety of fields. Now, students who want to pursue such degrees have a wider array of programs from which to choose.
Stevens-Henager College in Salt Lake City, Utah, for one, announced in October that it was offering a new technology degree in computer science at the bachelor’s level. Students work toward the degree online, with studies comprising anywhere from 30 to 36 months. It’s designed to prepare those who graduate with the degrees needed for careers in network administration, programming and database management.
Recent reports from the National Association of Colleges and Employers and payscale.com show that graduates with technology degrees particularly command some of the highest salaries. The payscale.com study suggests that students who graduate with degrees in technology at the bachelor’s level might expect starting salary offers of around $44,000 to $56,000. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that computer engineering graduates average starting salary offers of $60,396, which is similar to the average $60,473 in starting salary offers made to graduates with technology degrees in computer science at the bachelor’s level.
The Association for Computing Machinery and its partners in December coordinate what’s known as Computer Science Education Week. The government anticipates that more than 800,000 new computing jobs are to exist 2016, the association web site suggests. What’s more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that network systems and data communications analysis – network architects and engineers and web professionals, for example – are expected to enjoy some of the fastest employment growth into 2018.
Many adults have been going back to school as a means of brushing up on their skills or training for new jobs. While many colleges and universities offer technology degree programs on their campuses, online degree programs such as the new Stevens-Henager College offering might make it easier for working adults particularly to continue their education. Students in online degree programs are typically able to schedule coursework for times when they aren’t working or tending to family responsibilities.
Because students in online degree programs access and submit assignments via the Internet, they are able to save time and money associated with child care and commuting. Online degree programs can also enhance a student’s knowledge of technology in that they often include audio, video and interactive components. The technology degree in computer science isn’t completely new to Stevens-Henager; it was previously provided only in a traditional classroom format, which is now complemented by the online degree offering.
Students in the Stevens-Henager College bachelor’s degree program learn database design, telecommunications, Internet programming and more, according to an announcement from the institution. Several colleges and universities since January 2009 also have added master’s degree offerings in areas such as computer science, computer information systems and security and computer modeling and simulation, announcements in Inside Higher Education show.