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More International Students Studying Computer Science

Posted on February 20th, 2013 by Jenny Frankel

man at desk with computer83286964There are many reasons international students have made the decision to study computer science in the United States, so much so that the already 3rd most prevalent field of study for international students in the US has experienced a 9-11% increase in enrollment two years running. Moreover, this increase in enrollment in computer science comes at the same time as either stagnation or, more commonly, a general decrease in enrollment in many other fields. However, given the employment statistics, education options, and the projected forecast for the field, this uptick in the number of international students choosing to study computer science in the US comes as no surprise. Here are just some of the numerous reasons a degree from a US institution in the vast field of computer science remains the 3rd most popular degree choice for international students:

Excellent Job Prospects
Studies indicate the total number of jobs in the IT industry is on the rise; in fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, six out of the top 10 occupations with the most new jobs from 2002-2012 are in the field of computer science. What’s more is that it is not just more of the same jobs—as technology permeates across all industries and becomes a required component for an ever-increasing number of interactions, exchanges, and processes both in our economic/professional lives as well as our personal lives, the potential application of the computer science degree grows. This ubiquity ensures that whatever the student’s passion, a professional outlet in need of IT skills is present and waiting to be filled upon graduation.

High Starting Salaries
Money Magazine has recently generated a list of the ‘100 Best Jobs in America’, with 25% of the list being computer science jobs. The reason one in four jobs on the list was an IT job is not just due to the sheer number and range of computer science related jobs that are out there—it’s also about the benefits attached to them. The National Association of Colleges and Employers listed four of the top 10 majors with the highest starting salaries upon graduation to be from computer science fields. The same association ranked a computer science degree as the fourth-highest-paying bachelor’s degree in the United States, at an average salary of over $61,000.

More information and resources for those looking to study computer science is available for in our Study Centers.

 

Written by Jenny Frankel

Jennifer is the Director of Financial Services at Envisage International. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Chile, Costa Rica and London, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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8 Responses to “More International Students Studying Computer Science”

  1. Josiah Siaway Says:

    my everyday dream is to study Computer Science

  2. Bryanna Lindblom Says:

    Hi Josiah,

    That is great! If you are looking for a school to attend, our Study in the USA guide may be helpful.

    Best of luck to you!

  3. Woniala Joram Henry Says:

    helo am joram from uganda and so pleased to see what your university offers and am also looking forward join but i want to first inquire of the scholarships available please

  4. norma viljoint Says:

    i can find a scholarship or financial help for the english course. but i live in haiti

  5. Am Peter from kenya Says:

    I wish to get a scholarship to pursue my dream degree of computer sciencein the USA …how can i acquire the scholarship?

  6. AJAY KUMAR AKULA Says:

    I DID MASTERS DEGREE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FROM A REPUTED INDIAN UNIVERSITY NAMELY ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY, CHIDAMBARAM . I AM INTERESTED TO PURSUE THE COURSE TO BRUSHUP MY KNOWLEDGE IN COMPUTER SSCIENCE. HOWEVER, ONLY IF I GET SCHOLARSHIP, I WILL BE ABLE TO STUDY THERE.
    WITH WARMS REGARDS
    AJAYKUMAR AKULA

  7. AJAY KUMAR AKULA Says:

    I DID MASTERS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. TO UPGRADE MY KNOWLEDGE I WISH TO DO THE COURSE THERE BUT SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF SCHOLARSHIP.
    THANK YOU,
    AJAY KUMAR AKULA

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