The 4 Best-Paying, High Demand Jobs for Computer Science Graduates

Salaries are higher than average, and jobs are plentiful

Jun 7, 2014 at 1:44PM

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If you are one of the lucky recipients of the nearly 146,000 computer science and engineering undergraduate degrees, you can rest assured that you will have a much higher success rate in your job search than some of your peers – particularly those who graduated with less-desirable liberal arts diplomas

A four-year degree in computer science or engineering can open many occupational doors, most of which lead to very comfortable salary levels. If you haven't quite made up your mind as to which computer-related career path you prefer, here are some of the most lucrative – and plentiful – jobs being offered today, according to job aggregator and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Software Developer
At this writing, has an astounding number of these jobs available – 77, 504, to be precise. The BLS estimates that there will be an additional 222,600 software developer jobs added to the economy by 2022; however, if the current demand stays steady, that estimate seems extremely low. 

As for pay, BLS and Indeed agree that the job pays just about $93,000 annually, though the government notes that this was the median salary in 2012, whereas Indeed is showing this amount as the current average. The job aggregator also shows that advertised salaries for this job title run 61% higher than the national average for all postings. 

Web Developer
There are more than 67,000 web developer jobs being advertised at this moment, another occupation that is growing faster than BLS predicted it would two years ago. At that time, an associate's degree would net a median pay level of $62,500 per year. BLS noted, however, that more advanced jobs might require a bachelor's; since Indeed shows an average annual salary of $88,000, I assume that most jobs are leaning toward graduates with a four-year degree.

Software Engineers
There are more than 31,000 vacancies for software engineers, a position that offers an average salary of $99,000 annually. Though Indeed shows that the demand for these jobs seems to have flattened since the beginning of the year, the site tells me that there have been over 300 new postings added since I began perusing the site – a time span of around three hours. 

Information Security Analyst
Security breaches, hack attacks and corporate concerns over keeping their own information safe is making this position one of the fastest-growing in the computer field. Currently, Indeed shows nearly 21,000 postings for this title, the demand for which BLS estimates will grow by 37% within the next eight years. 

The two sites differ on pay for this position, with BLS showing a median $86,170 annual salary, while Indeed gives a current average of only $68,000 – although the latter is nothing to sneeze at. 

There are many other computer-related jobs from which to choose, of course, and good salaries are usually the norm. If you are looking to put your new skills and knowledge to work in a fast-growing field while making a truly sweet salary, any one of the above occupations will give you an excellent start.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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