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Mathematics & Computer Science

911 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
165 Master's Degrees Annually
#170 in Popularity
$93,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Mathematics & Computer Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many mathematics and computer science graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 911
Master’s Degree 165
Doctor’s Degree 13
Graduate Certificate 11
Associate’s Degree 3
Basic Certificate 2

What Mathematics & Computer Science Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, math and compsci majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Math & CompSci Majors

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

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills for Math & CompSci Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to math and compsci:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Math & CompSci Majors

As a math and compsci major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Mathematics & Computer Science Major?

People with a math and compsci degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Business Intelligence Analysts 9.3% $90,270
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics & Computer Science?

911 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
26% Percent Women
44% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 911 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science in 2019, making it rank #170 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 74% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of math and compsci majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Math & CompSci Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 276
Black or African American 18
Hispanic or Latino 75
White 248
International Students 231
Other Races/Ethnicities 63

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Math & CompSci. About 25.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Mathematics & Computer Science Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that mathematics and computer science students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $52,850 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $50,425 (25th percentile) and $55,275 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to math and compsci.

Salaries According to BLS

Math and Compsci majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $93,350 to $139,680 (25th to 75th percentile). 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, 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 math and compsci 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 math and compsci careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.0%
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) 3.1%
Some College Courses 1.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 51.8%
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. 3.6%
Master’s Degree 19.7%
Doctoral Degree 8.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 5.0%

Online Mathematics & Computer Science Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 89 schools offered some type of mathematics and computer science 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) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 19 2
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Mathematics & Computer Science Worth It?

The median salary for a math and compsci 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 math and compsci.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Cognitive Science 2,275
Sustainability Science 2,194
Human Biology 1,460
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,310
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Science, Technology & Society 1,171
Computational Science 927
Systems Theory 917
Museum Studies 801
Dispute Resolution 668
Historic Preservation 433
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 424
Classical & Ancient Studies 303
Marine Science 275
Cultural Studies & Analysis 227
Biopsychology 165
Medieval Studies 108
Accounting & Computer Science 71
Maritime Studies 45
Holocaust Studies 40

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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