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Computer Science in Virginia

The first British colony and the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents, Virginia, a.k.a. the Old Dominion, is noteworthy for many reasons. The state contains a wide variety of geographic features, including coastal plains, estuaries, mountains and forests. Popularly known for jobs in local and federal government and the military, a large segment of Virginia's economy is devoted to farming and business. According to Cyberstates 2015: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry published by CompTIA, Virginia had the second-highest concentration of workers in the tech industry in 2014, accounting for 9.4 percent of private sector employment in the state.

The same study states that Virginia is home to a business cluster in computer systems design, which is a major component of IT services. The Dulles Technology Corridor is home to the national or regional headquarters of dozens of technology companies, including Cisco Systems, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Google, among others. This means the state is not only rich in natural resources, but also opportunities for those interested in careers in computer science and related fields.

Computer Science Education in Virginia

Institution Name No. of Computer Science Programs Offered Tuition & Fees Admission Rate
George Mason University 6 $11,924 81.32%
University of Management and Technology 6 $9,450 N/A
DeVry University-Virginia 4 $17,572 70%
ITT Technical Institute-Norfolk 3 N/A N/A
ITT Technical Institute-Richmond 3 N/A N/A
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

The U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly identified computer science as one of the top-paying university majors. For those interested in working for one of the technology companies in Virginia, earning a degree in computer science or closely-related area may help get one's foot in the door.

Tech Industries and Careers in Virginia

CareerAnnual Mean WageStatewide Projected Job Growth Rate
Computer Network Architects$117,70011.2%
Computer Network Support Specialists$76,2409%
Computer Programmers$95,520-6.4%
Computer Systems Analysts$100,09012.9%
Database Administrators$97,05014.9%
Information Security Analysts$110,45041.5%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$94,38010.8%
Software Developers, Applications$111,01032.7%
Software Developers, Systems Software$121,56014.5%
Web Developers$85,87016.3%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2016-26 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Government, the military, and business are all major contributors to Virginia's economy, and all these types of companies depend on computer programmers and other IT specialists in order to operate. 


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