[See the job outlook for the class of 2011.]
Once students get past the admissions hurdle, their career prospects are typically bright. At Michigan Technological University, for instance, where more than 300 students major in computer science or software engineering, 93 percent of 2010 undergraduate computer science students had jobs by graduation.
Not only are students finding jobs at above-average rates, they're among the best paid out of college, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Computer science majors in the class of 2011 garnered an average starting salary of $63,017, second only to chemical engineers who make $66,886, on average. At some top schools like Illinois, average starting salaries are even higher. There, the most recent class of 175 computer science graduates attained an average starting salary of $72,597.
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Clarified on 08/09/2011: An earlier version of this story referred to Georgia Tech’s placement in the U.S. News engineering rankings.