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Accounting & Computer Science

4 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
10 Master's Degrees Annually
#105 in Popularity
$78,820 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Accounting & Computer Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many accounting and computer science graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 75
Bachelor’s Degree 7
Master’s Degree 6
Associate Degree 2

What Accounting & Computer Science Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, accounting and compsci majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Accounting & CompSci Majors

Accounting and Compsci majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Accounting & CompSci Majors

accounting and compsci majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Accounting & CompSci Majors

Accounting and Compsci majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Accounting & Computer Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with accounting and compsci:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Accountants 10.0% $70,500
Auditors 10.0% $70,500
Business Intelligence Analysts 9.3% $90,270

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Computer Science?

7 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
43% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 57% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of accounting and compsci majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 3
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Accounting & CompSci. About 14.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Accounting & Computer Science Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Accounting and Compsci majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $78,820 to $93,350 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Accounting & Computer Science Major  ( 78820 to 93350 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with accounting and compsci require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for accounting and compsci careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 20.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 48.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.1%
Master’s Degree 20.8%

Online Accounting & Computer Science Programs

In 2019-2020, 12 schools offered a accounting and compsci program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 3 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Accounting & Computer Science Worth It?

The median salary for a accounting and compsci grad is $78,820 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 98% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $778,400 after 20 years!

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References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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