Computer science in New Jersey
New Jersey may be one of the five smallest states in the US by area, but it is the 11th most populated, a distinction that also makes it the most densely populated state in the country.
Regardless of whether one lives in New Jersey, works there, or both, pursuing a degree in computer programming or other IT/tech industries may be a wise career move. The state is home to pharmaceutical and telecommunications firms as well as 24 Fortune 500 companies. Even if such companies do not specialize in IT, they may require individuals with such various computer science specialties as information security specialists, web developers, database administrators and more.
Computer science education in New Jersey
|Institution Name||No. of Computer Science Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees||Admission Rate|
|Stevens Institute of Technology||6||$48,838||39.11%|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||6||$16,430||59.3%|
|Rowan College at Gloucester County||4||$5,225||N/A|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus||3||$37,988||76.83%|
|Union County College||2||$9,240||N/A|
According to the US News & World Report, computer science consistently rates one of the top-paying college majors. Holding such a degree in a relatively affluent area such as New Jersey may leave one open to many opportunities.
Whether a prospective student is interested in a public research university like Rutgers or the New Jersey Institute of Technology; a state college like Kean University or Montclair State University; a community college like Atlantic Cape or Ocean County College; a private college like Monmouth University or Stevens Institute of Technology; a two-year degree; or just wants to brush up on technical skills by earning an IT certification from a technical or vocational school like the Lincoln Technical Institute, there are many options in New Jersey for people interested in pursuing a career in computer programming or a related IT field.
Tech industries and careers in New Jersey
|Career||Annual Mean Wage||Statewide Projected Job Growth Rate||Statewide Current Number of Jobs|
|Computer Network Architects||$128,370||5.6%||5,770|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||$81,000||3.1%||4,540|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$105,750||17%||15,530|
|Information Security Analysts||$120,020||2.4%||2,050|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$100,220||6.1%||9,960|
|Software Developers, Applications||$107,040||17.8%||38,080|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$117,080||10.4%||9,830|
The pharmaceutical industry, telecommunications and the financial industry are all significant contributors to New Jersey's economy, and all these types of businesses depend on computer programmers and other IT specialists in order to run smoothly.
It's important to note that wages can vary significantly, not only by specialization but also according to other factors such as an individual's education and experience as well as the metropolitan area in which the job is located. Individuals seeking a computer programming school in New Jersey should consider their career goals carefully not only in terms of what institution and major or specialization are a good fit for their needs, but also where they plan to live after earning their credential. Knowing whether there is a demand for one's chosen career path is important, and investigating to determine whether average anticipated salaries for that career matches the cost of living in a particular area can have an impact on career satisfaction.
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