Our proximity to Sacramento (90 miles) and the Bay Area (180 miles) provides opportunities for industry and state government collaboration. Our students obtain positions in industry through a variety of mechanisms including job fairs, connections resulting from internships, and through the campus placement office.  The services provided on campus are quite helpful.  Their web site is filled with interesting statistics as well as information on how to use the services.

CSU Chico Career Center

An excellent place to search for your new career is at the ACM Career & Job Center.

Another useful website is provided by

Current Outlook

Research firm CompTIA projects that the total number of IT jobs in the United States will jump by 22 percent come 2020

The report provides a snapshot of how core IT positions break down today and an idea of how the IT job landscape will look come 2020. Overall, CompTIA predicts that the total number of core IT jobs in the United States will increase by 22 percent by 2020.

Following is the breakdown of jobs, including position, number of jobs as of May 2011, and projected change in employment through 2020. Also included is average annual salary information:

  • The IT occupation with the highest project growth through 2020 is systems software developer. The total number of jobs will grow by 32 percent, from 387,050 to 510,906. Systems software developers currently earn around $100,420 per year.
  • DBAs jobs will increase by 31 percent through 2020, jumping from 108,500 to 142,135. Average annual salary for DBAs is $77,350.
  • Application software developer positions will swell by 28 percent, from 539,880 to 691,046. They earn an average salary of $92,080.
  • Network and systems admin jobs totaled around 341,800 in May 2011. The number will jump to 437,504 by 2020, a 28 percent change. Currently, these IT pros earn an average annual salary of $74,720.
  • Computer systems analyst jobs now number 487,740 and will increase by 22 percent to 595,043 in 2020; $82,320 is the average annual salary for this position.
  • Jobs that fall under the broad category of security analyst, Web developers, and network architects now number 272,670. That figure is expected to rise to 332,657 come 2020, another 22 percent shift. Annual salary is around $81,670.
  • There were around 25,160 computer and information research scientist jobs in the United States in mid-May 2011. By 2020, CompTIA estimates the figure will hit 29,940, 19 percent more. This group makes on average $103,160 per annum.
  • There are around 632,490 computer support specialists now. By 2020, the number will increase by 18 percent for a total of 746,338. Average annual pay is $51,820.
  • Computer and information systems managers number around 300,830 today; by 2020, that number will be reach 354,979 for growth of 18 percent. They earn an average of $125,660 per year.
  • There are around 320,100 computer programmer jobs in the United States right now, a figure that will jump by 12 percent to 358,512 by 2020. Programmers take home a yearly salary of around $76,010.
  • Hardware engineers now number 71,990, and by 2020, there will be around 9 percent more for a total 78,469. Annual salary is $101,360.
  • Finally, there are 177,630 miscellaneous computer occupations in the United States. By 2020, the number will rise by 6 percent to 188,288. The average annual salary for this vague category is $80,500.

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Computer Science majors had the 3rd highest average starting salaries in 2012 - per the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Information Sciences and Systems majors were 10th on the list.

Top Paying Majors 2012

Computer and Information Technology Careers - Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Technology Works: High-Tech Employment and Wages in the United States

Career Focus: Software Engineering

Many of our students have jobs lined up before they graduate. Read more about the job outlook in the following articles:

  • 10 hot IT skills for 2013
    • Programming and Application Development
    • Project Management
    • Help Desk/Technical Support
    • Security
  • Best Jobs in America 2012 - from CNN - based on pay and growth
    • #3 Software Architect
    • #5 Database Administrator
    • #9 Software Developer
  • 9 hot IT skills for 2012
    • Programming and Application Development
    • Project Management
    • Help Desk/Technical Support
    • Networking


Here are just some of the industry partners that support the Computer Science Department, and recruit our students for internships or career positions: