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Delaware Computer Training Schools

Although it's a small state, Delaware's technology industry is anything but small. In fact, the state ranks second nationally for growth in information technology between 2013 and 2014, according to CompTIA's 2015 report, Cyberstates. Tech sector companies are being started and incubated in the state, and other established companies are moving to cities including Newark and Wilmington.

The influx of capital, strong educational institutions, and a business friendly climate has led to strong wages and employment gains in the industry. In addition to employment growth, Delaware also ranks 12th nationally for the total percentage of tech workers (6.2 percent of workforce); 11th nationally in wages (tech workers take home 92.9 percent more than private sector workers); and 5th nationally for the number of tech establishments in private industry (8.1 percent).

Wages are up (3.8 percent growth) and job outlook is bright. That means Delaware is an attractive option for students considering completing a degree program in computer science.

Computer Science Education in Delaware

Prospective computer science and computer training school students can select between 10 different educational institutions at the public and private, two- and four-year level to complete their education in the state of Delaware.

Institution

Count

Public, 4-Year

2

Private, 4-Year

3

Private, For-Profit, 4-Year

1

Public, 2-Year

3

Private, 2-Year

1

Private, For-Profit, 2-Year

0

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

For example, students can complete their education at Delaware State University, the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. The table below includes an overview of the different type of computer science degree programs available at each institution.

University of Delaware

Location

Undergraduate

Graduate

Delaware State University

Dover

BS in Computer Science; BS in Information Technology

MS in Computer Science

University of Delaware

Newark

BA in Computer Science; BS in Computer Science; BS in Information Systems

MS in Computer Science; PhD in Computer Science; MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Wilmington University

New Castle

BS in Computer and Network Security; BS in Information Systems Management

MS in Information Systems Technologies;

During the 2013-2014 school year more than 300 students graduated with a computer science-related degree, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Degree Level

Degrees Conferred

Bachelor's degree

163

Master's degree

104

Associate degree

54

Doctoral Degree

6

Grand Total

327

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

According to 2013-2014 graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the most popular computer science programs of study included the following:

Area of Study

Degrees Conferred

Computer and Information Sciences, General

147

Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management

71

Computer Software and Media Applications

66

Information Science/Studies

23

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

12

Computer Science

8

Grand Total

327

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Computer Science School Spotlight: University of Delaware

With a total enrollment of more than 20,000 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the University of Delaware is the largest university in the state. A private research institution that's situated on a 2,300-acred campus, the university offers hundreds of degree programs through seven different schools: 147 undergraduate degrees, 119 master's degrees, 54 doctoral degrees and 15 dual graduate programs.

One of those programs is computer science, offered through the Department of Computer & Information Sciences in the College of Engineering. The department offers six academic tracks, three each at the undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

The undergrad curriculum varies with the computer science program focused on combining practical experience in programming and software development with computer theory, while the information systems track concentrates on blending together the study of business and information technology. The graduate program of study is designed to prepare graduates for doctoral programs or for professional employment. The bioinformatics programs teach students how to build computational models that are used in the life sciences and biological research. Overall, the graduate program is built upon research with areas of interest spanning from computer networks to software engineering.

Area of Research

Artificial Intelligence

Bioinformatics

Computer Graphics

Computer Networks

Computer Vision

High Performance Computing

Natural Language Processing & Information Retrieval

Software Engineering

Theory of Computation

Program Recognition

#70 - U.S. News & World Report, Best Graduate Program in Computer Science

Tech Industry and Career Outlook in Delaware

The country's first state is quickly emerging as a leader in the tech scene with cities such as Newark and Wilmington becoming tech hubs. Newark, anchored by the University of Delaware, is home to Delaware Technology Park (DTP), a collaboration between the University, private sector businesses and government. This research park provides a selection of resources and funding to start-up companies working in renewable energy, information technology, advanced materials and life sciences. Since its founding in 1992, more than 80 companies have called the DTP home. Current companies at the DTP include:

  • EM Photonics - Computer hardware engineering working in image processing and scientific computing
  • Quantum Leap Innovations Inc. - Advanced analytics and decision making software
  • ET International - High performance computing

In Wilmington, the start-up tech scene is thriving supporting entrepreneurs through the Delaware Tech Meet-up, a regular gathering where companies can share ideas, demonstrate products and get support. Delaware State University has broken ground on its Optical Science Center for Applied Research, a building that will house an optical science program with research laboratories. Overall, Delaware has created a robust, tech-friendly climate.

In turn, companies are realizing success. In 2015, 14 companies in Delaware made the Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest growing private companies in the country. Three of those companies are in IT and software development. The table below outlines these companies, their growth rates and annual revenue.

Rank

Company

3-Year Growth

Revenue

Industry

Service Areas

201

X5 Networks

2085%

$2.2m

IT Services

Enterprise-level big data services

1249

SevOne

336%

$64.6m

Software

Technical infrastructure performance

4339

CTSIT

62%

$27.7m

IT Services

Big data, analytics, and mobility

Source: Inc. 5000: 2015

Approximately 3.5 percent of the state's economy is driven by the tech industry, according to CompTIA. The industry employs more than 22,000 people statewide with a payroll exceeding $2.3 billion. Some of the leading occupational field (by size), according to CompTIA, include the following:

  • Research & Development and Testing: 7,850 employed
  • Computer Systems Design: 4,900 employed
  • Engineering Services: 2,700 employed
  • Measuring and Control Instruments Manufacturing: 2,500 employed
  • Telecommunications: 2,500 employed

Driving deeper into CompTIA data, the top tech career categories (by growth), included the following:

  • Computer User Support Specialists: 4.4 percent growth
  • Software Application Developers: 4.4 percent growth
  • Computer Systems Analysts: 3.9 percent growth
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers: 3.4 percent growth
  • Computer Programmers: 2.9 percent growth

Long-term employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that fastest growing technology careers in Delaware include Computer Systems Analysts (22.3 percent), Computer User Support Specialist (17.9 percent), and Computer Network Support Specialists (12.3 percent). The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects solid growth in several fields, with six occupations expecting at least double digit growth in the state between 2012 and 2022. The table below outlines salary and growth figures for several computer-related career paths in Delaware.

Occupation

Total Employed (2014)

Median Salary (2014)

Projected Growth (2012-22)

Computer Systems Analysts

3,160

$89,420

22.3%

Computer User Support Specialists

1,260

$52,790

17.9%

Computer Network Support Specialists

480

$54,760

12.3%

Computer and Information Research Scientists

90

$81,800

11.3%

Computer Network Architects

590

$104,900

10.4%

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

1,100

$68,400

10.1%

Database Administrators

460

$87,050

8.9%

Computer and Information Systems Managers

1,090

$146,810

7.9%

Computer Programmers

1,210

$76,680

4.4%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

The earning potential throughout the technology industry is significant, with many careers paying above $80,000 per year. Beyond a degree, experience, position, and location can all influence that potential. In its 2015 salary survey of the IT industry, Robert Half Technology created a national salary range (low and high) for positions in IT -- from application development to quality assurance testing.

The survey also accounts for local variance -- that is -- how location impacts earnings as well. Wilmington, Delaware was accounted on the locality list and Robert Half Technology found tech workers in Wilmington earned 105 percent of the national median. The table below demonstrates the difference in salaries between Wilmington and the rest of the U.S. for several tech-related careers.

Occupation

National Median

Wilmington

Difference

Mobile Applications Developer

$134,500

$141,225

$6,725

IT Auditor

$114,500

$120,225

$5,725

Database Developer

$121,375

$127,444

$6,069

Data Warehouse Manager

$141,375

$148,444

$7,069

Quality Assurance Engineer

$89,000

$93,450

$4,450

Web Developer

$97,750

$102,638

$4,888

Network Architect

$140,125

$147,131

$7,006

Data Security Analyst

$127,625

$134,006

$6,381

Software Engineer

$121,625

$127,706

$6,081

Source:Robert Half Technology, 2016 IT Salary Survey

Top Metro Employment Centers for Computer Programmers in Tennessee

Delaware Metropolitan Area

Total Employed

Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division

1,070

Dover, DE

120

Grand Total

1,190

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Sources

Business Insider, The Best 50 Computer Science and Engineering Programs in the Country, http://www.businessinsider.com/best-computer-science-engineering-schools-in-america-2015-7

CompTIA, 2015 Cyberstates, https://www.comptia.org/resources/2015-cyberstates

Delaware State University, Academics, http://www.desu.edu/academics/majors-and-concentrations?a=i

Delaware Technology Park, A High Tech Hub, http://deltechpark.org/2015/06/a-high-tech-hub/

Deloitte, Deloitte Fast 500, http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/Technology-Fast-500-Winners-Brochure.PDF

Inc., Inc. 5000, 2015, http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2014/facts-and-figures.html

National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter

Projections Central, Delaware, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

Robert Half Technology, 2016 IT Salary Guide, http://www.roberthalf.com/sites/default/files/Media_Root/images/rht-pdfs/robert_half_technology_2016_salary_guide.pdf

University of Delaware, Computer Science Department, http://www.cis.udel.edu/

US News and World Report, Best Computer Science Graduate Programs, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/computer-science-rankings

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