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Human Computer Interaction

605 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
405 Master's Degrees Annually
#186 in Popularity
$93,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Human Computer Interaction Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many human computer interaction graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 605
Master’s Degree 405
Associate’s Degree 55
Basic Certificate 35
Graduate Certificate 33
Doctor’s Degree 13

What Human Computer Interaction Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to human computer interaction and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Human Computer Interaction Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in human computer interaction should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Human Computer Interaction Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to human computer interaction:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Human Computer Interaction Majors

Human Computer Interaction majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Human Computer Interaction Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with human computer interaction:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Information Technology Project Managers 9.3% $90,270
Video Game Designers 9.3% $90,270
Web Administrators 9.3% $90,270

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Computer Interaction?

605 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
18% Percent Women
31% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 605 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human computer interaction in 2018, making it rank #186 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 82% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of human computer interaction majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Human Computer Interaction Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 48
Black or African American 43
Hispanic or Latino 67
White 316
International Students 55
Other Races/Ethnicities 76

Geographic Diversity

Human Computer Interaction appeals to people across the globe. About 9.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Human Computer Interaction Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of human computer interaction students with a bachelor’s degree is $25,300 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $25,300 (25th percentile) and $25,300 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to human computer interaction.

Salaries According to BLS

Human Computer Interaction majors often go into careers with median salaries of $93,350. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with human computer interaction may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to human computer interaction have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.9%
Some College Courses 8.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 50.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 8.1%
Master’s Degree 3.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.6%

Online Human Computer Interaction Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 28 schools offered some type of human computer interaction program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 2
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 21 4
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Human Computer Interaction Worth It?

The median salary for a human computer interaction grad is $93,350 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 134% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,069,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to human computer interaction.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 34,540
Biological & Physical Science 27,751
International Studies 8,097
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,179
Nutrition Science 4,990
Behavioral Science 4,502
Natural Sciences 2,445
Cognitive Science 1,875
Sustainability Science 1,682
Gerontology 1,380
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,297
Human Biology 1,066
Science, Technology & Society 1,060
Mathematics & Computer Science 833
Museum Studies 778
Systems Theory 694
Computational Science 619
Dispute Resolution 583
Historic Preservation 446
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 416
Classical & Ancient Studies 315
Marine Science 243
Cultural Studies & Analysis 236
Biopsychology 158
Medieval Studies 119
Holocaust Studies 54
Accounting & Computer Science 45
Maritime Studies 15

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