Mathematics & Computer Science
Types of Degrees Mathematics & Computer Science Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many mathematics and computer science graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Mathematics & Computer Science Majors Need to Know
People with careers related to math and compsci were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.
Knowledge Areas for Math & CompSci Majors
Math and Compsci majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- 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
When studying math and compsci, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- 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 you progress with your math and compsci degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- 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?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of math and compsci majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||15|
|Hispanic or Latino||52|
Students from other countries are interested in Math & CompSci, too. About 19.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
How Much Do Mathematics & Computer Science Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math and compsci have a median salary of $52,850 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $50,425 (25th percentile) and $55,275 (75th percentile).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to math and compsci.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $93,350 to $139,680 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to math and compsci. This range includes 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Mathematics & Computer Science
Some careers associated with math and compsci require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.
Find out what the typical degree level is for math and compsci careers below.
|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%|
|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%|
Online Mathematics & Computer Science Programs
In 2017-2018, 81 schools offered a math and compsci program of some type. 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)||1||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||0||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||6||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!
Majors Related to Mathematics & Computer Science
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to math and compsci.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||34,540|
|Biological & Physical Science||27,751|
|Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution||1,297|
|Human Computer Interaction||1,146|
|Science, Technology & Society||1,060|
|Multicultural & Diversity Studies||416|
|Classical & Ancient Studies||315|
|Cultural Studies & Analysis||236|
|Accounting & Computer Science||45|
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- National Center for Education Statistics
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- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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