Information technology, information systems and computer science are among the fastest growing fields and workers with credentials are highly coveted by technology employers. According to the Department of Labor, most IT jobs are growing by more than 20 percent each year and American employers will have at least 200,000 technology openings to fill within the next decade.
The average information technology salary is $40,000 during the first year after graduation and annual income rises rapidly to $66,000 per year as Information technology and information systems degree-holders become more experienced according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Computer science graduates do even better — earning average starting salaries of $50,000 after completing their bachelors degree and $81,000 five years after they’ve been on-the-job.
Although there are only four credit-by-exams in technology (the least of any subject area), these courses can still help you get a head start towards your information technology, information systems or computer science degree.