The Big Tech Opportunity

March 31st, 2015

By the year 2020, there will be 1,000,000 more computing jobs (1.4M) than there are computer science students (400K). You don’t have to be a mathematician to recognize the supply and demand imbalance in those numbers. Computer programming jobs are currently growing at 2x the national average, and the pool of qualified applicants is not deep enough to meet the industry’s needs.

Not only is there an increasing demand for qualified computer science professionals, but the career benefits are lucrative as well. Entry-level computer science employees in the lowest 25% of the salary range make approximately $45,000. Those in the highest 25% of entry-level computer science employees make approximately $60,000 per year.

For high school students planning to pursue a degree in computer science, the news is just as encouraging. A quick search on reveals 192 non-university specific computer science scholarships and an additional 298 computer science related scholarships. According to, “The steady growth of technology, computer programming, information technology, and software development has opened a wide range of job opportunities for students studying computer science. These computer science majors also have several scholarship opportunities available to them for their field of study.”

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