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Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 682,800 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

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Next Steps for Your Future

Whether or not you choose to earn a master’s degree after earning your bachelor’s is highly dependent on your field and career goals. In many fields a master’s degree can increase promotion potential or boost earning power. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median weekly earnings of someone holding a master’s degree in 2021 was $1,574, compared to the average median weekly salary of $1,334 earned by those with a bachelor’s degree. That’s a pay difference of more than 16%.

It’s important to understand that educational requirements and preferences will vary greatly by fieldand even by organization. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these requirements and preferences to help you stand out from the competition.     

Note: Data is based on Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections: Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment, 2021


People with an MPH earn

more starting out than those with only a bachelor's

Popular Computer Science Careers

Network Administrator

National Median Annual Salary
3% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated April 2023
Companies for Network Administrators in Kentucky:
Emergent Software
Papa Johns

Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Information Security Analyst

National Median Annual Salary
35% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated April 2023
Companies for Information Security Analysts in Kentucky:
S&P Global
United Parcel Service
Tetra Tech

Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Software Developer

National Median Annual Salary
25% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated April 2023
Companies for Software Developers in Kentucky:
Insight Global

Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

Other Computer Science Careers

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems, Database, or Network Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information System (IS), Information Technology (IT), or Network Architect
  • Computer Science or Computer Information System Researcher
  • Cyber Law, Regulations, Compliance Analyst
  • Community Relations Coordinator

EKU Computer Science Program in the Workforce

Take the Next Step in Your Career with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science

A master’s degree in computer science provides individuals with advanced knowledge and skills in the field. This advanced education can help individuals stay ahead of the curve in an industry that is rapidly evolving and growing.

In addition, a master’s in computer science can significantly enhance an individual’s earning potential and open doors to higher-level positions and managerial roles within the tech industry. Graduates typically earn higher salaries than those with just a bachelor’s degree.

A master’s degree can also provide individuals with a valuable network of professional contacts. The program brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds and provides opportunities to collaborate on projects and participate in networking events. This can lead to long-lasting professional relationships that can benefit individuals throughout their careers.

EKU Online Career Services

Career planning is tough, but with EKU you don’t have to tackle the process alone.

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs. We offer a variety of services to current online EKU students and alumni to help you with your career development, decision-making and job search.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search
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