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The department provides a curriculum in mathematics and computing sciences as a cultural study for all liberal arts students, as a basic tool for the scientist, and as a preparation for graduate study and teaching. A bachelor’s degree in computer science is sufficient for such areas as computer systems analyst, computer support specialist, software developer, web developer, computer programmer, and information security analyst.

Educational Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree is required for some or all entry-level employment. Most computer and information research scientists need a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field, such as computer engineering.

Job Outlook

Employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of web developers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of computer programmers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Entering Salary

The 2012 median annual wages for sample jobs for computer science graduates are as follows:

Computer programmer$74,280
Computer support specialist$48,900
Computer systems analyst$79,680
Information security analyst$86,170
Software developer$72,560
Web developer$62,500

The median annual wage for mathematicians was $101,360 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,040, and the top 10 percent earned more than $152,950. The median annual wage for statisticians was $75,560 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,220 and the top 10 percent earned more than $121,890

The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $120,950 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $74,940, and the top 10 percent earned more than $187,200.

The median annual wage for mathematicians was $101,360 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,040, and the top 10 percent earned more than $152,950. The median annual wage for statisticians was $75,560 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,220 and the top 10 percent earned more than $121,890

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

Contact and Location

cs@lasierra.edu

951-785-2197
Price Science Complex, Room 247