Take Charge of Your Career
Rapid technological advances, continuing development of computer applications, and increasing emphasis on information security are helping to fuel job growth in the information technology industry. With a BS in Computer Information Systems from Walden, you can quickly take charge of your career and expand your future career options.
A Growth Industry
- Information technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
- Some 620,000 computer systems analysts and database administrators were employed in 2006, and that number is expected to grow by 29% by 2016.
- Network and computer systems administrator positions are anticipated to increase by 27% by 2016, up from 310,000 in 2006. (Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment Projections,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/emp/emptabapp.htm, Spring 2008)
- The number of computer and information systems managers, at 264,000 in 2006, is predicted to rise by 16% by 2016. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
- The position of systems analyst has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of its “31 Careers with a Bright Future,” based on criteria that include job satisfaction, prestige, job outlook, and pay. (Best Careers 2008, U.S. News & World Report, December 19, 2007)
Increase Your Earnings Potential
With your Walden degree in hand, you may expect to dramatically raise your earnings potential over the course of your career. The earnings gap between those who have four-year college degrees and those who do not has widened throughout the last four decades.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $54,689 in 2005, while those with high school diplomas earned $29,448.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, based on median weekly earnings, individuals who have bachelor’s degrees earn 62% more than those with high school diplomas, 43% more than those with some college, and 33% more than those with associate degrees.
To remain competitive in the job market of the future, a bachelor’s degree is critical as more and more individuals pursue higher education.
In 2003–04, about 69% of high school seniors expected to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 35% of those students expecting to continue on to graduate school. In 1980, only 35% of high school students expected to attain a bachelor’s degree.
- The number of students enrolling in college immediately after high school increased from 49% in 1972 to 67% in 2004.
(The Condition of Education 2006, U.S. Department of Education)
Reach Your Potential
With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you’ll have the tools you need to succeed. Take this first step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s and then a doctoral degree.
Develop skills for success in:
- Critical thinking