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Information Technology Major

18,843 yearly degrees
#50 in popularity
$92,000 median salary

Information technology is a major that typically falls into the Computer & Information Sciences category.

There are 740 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in IT, 373 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 214 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 8 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an IT Degree?

Information technology runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #71 out of all the majors we track. In 2017, about 5,600 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this major. This major tends to be male dominated. About 82.7% of recent graduates are men.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of IT majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 6.5%
  • Black or African American: 12.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 10.3%
  • White: 58.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.9%
  • Other Races: 9.9%
Information Technology Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in IT. About 2.9% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending IT majors to the U.S. are India, Saudi Arabia and China.

What Will You Learn as an Information Technology Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to IT to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for IT Majors

A major in IT should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Information Technology Majors

Skills for IT Majors

A major in IT prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

Important Skills for Information Technology Majors

Abilities for IT Majors

IT majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for IT Majors

What Can You Do With an IT Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with IT:

Careers Related to Information Technology
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Loss Prevention Managers

8%

$107,480

Compliance Managers

8%

$107,480

Regulatory Affairs Managers

8%

$107,480

Computer User Support Specialists

11.3%

$50,980

Wind Energy Operations Managers

8%

$107,480

Database Administrators

11.5%

$90,070

Security Managers

8%

$107,480

Computer Network Support Specialists

8.2%

$62,770

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

9.3%

$90,270

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

6.1%

$82,050

Information Technology Major Salary

IT majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $76,000 to $111,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an IT Major  ( 76000 to 111000 )
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$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Information Technology Major Jobs

Some careers associated with IT may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for IT careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Information Technology
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0.2%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

4.2%

Post-Secondary Certificate

8.3%

Some College Courses

6.2%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

12%

Bachelor's Degree

53.2%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

5.1%

Master's Degree

9.8%

Post-Master's Certificate

1%

First Professional Degree

0.5%

Doctoral Degree

0.2%

Post-Doctoral Training

0%

Online Information Technology Programs

There are 373 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in information technology, with 123 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is an Information Technology Major Worth It?

The median salary for an IT grad is $92,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 137% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,062,600 after 20 years!

information technology salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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