Information Science

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
17,779
growing 2.28%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,193
growing 2.67%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$34,500
growing 0.291%
Average Wage
$102,521
growing 2.52%
People in Workforce
2.17M
growing 5.54%
Average Employee Age
40.7
declining 0.00551%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Information Science degree recipients are Lake Arbor, MD, New York, NY, and State College, PA. The locations with a relatively high number of Information Science degree recipients are Valley View, PA, Lake Arbor, MD, and Madison, SD. The most common degree awarded to students studying Information Science is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Information Science and the types of students that study this field. University of Maryland Global Campus awards the most degrees in Information Science in the US, but Ace Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Flex have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Information Science.

Tuition costs for Information Science majors are, on average, $7,193 for in-state public colleges, and $34,500 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Information Science programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (208 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (12,947 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Information Science, is Public, 4-year or above (12,947 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Information Science programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,193
Median In-State Public
$34,500
Median Out of State Private

University of Maryland Global Campus has the most Information Science degree recipients, with 1,929 degrees awarded in 2019.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Information Science.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Information Science programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Ace Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Flex have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Information Science, with 44.4% and 22.9%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Information Science

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Information Science by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Information Science.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The industry that employs the most Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services majors is Computer Systems Design, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Other consumer goods rental.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.
$102,521
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,452
2.52%
1 Year Growth
± 1.96%

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services majors working as Computer and information research scientists, Software developers, and Computer programmers.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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2.17M
2019 Workforce
± 35,944
5.54%
1 Year Growth
± 2.25%

The number of Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.54%, from 2.06M in 2018 to 2.17M in 2019.

The largest single share of Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services graduates go on to work as Software developers (23.7%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.
2.17M
2019 Workforce
± 35,944
5.54%
1 Year Growth
± 2.25%

The number of Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.54%, from 2.06M in 2018 to 2.17M in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services graduates by share is Computer Systems Design, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services is 40.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (7,065 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.
40.7
Average Age in 2019
± 0.189 Years
0.00551%
1 Year Change
± 0.657%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services. The most common ages of employees with this major are 37 and 35 years old, which represent 3.5% and 3.46% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Information Science are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (67.5%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Information Science.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,065 degrees awarded
  2. Non-resident Alien
    3,749 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    2,301 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Information Science for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Male
    3,254 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Male
    1,040 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    958 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Information Science. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. India
    257,429 degree recipients
  2. China
    62,013 degree recipients
  3. Vietnam
    27,219 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. India
    5.21 times more than expected
  2. Latvia
    3.69 times more than expected
  3. Saudi Arabia
    3.4 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in India that hold Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services degrees (5.21 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (257,429 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Information Science field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information Science majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Information Science majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Installation, and Technology Design.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Information Science majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Programming is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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