Study: The top 10 cities, jobs and employers for computer science grads

A sign outside Amazon’s HQ in Seattle shows the company’s appetite for new hires. Photo: Matt Shobe

Earlier this year, we chronicled the career paths of 21 recent University of Washington computer science and engineering graduates, asking them about their future employers and what gets them excited about technology. They were headed to companies ranging from LinkedIn to Google to Amazon.com, some sticking around Seattle and others heading south to the San Francisco Bay Area.

As we noted, it’s a good time to be a computer scientist. (Some of the recent grads we profiled planned to pull down more than $100,000). Meanwhile, figures from the U.S Department of Labor indicate that jobs for computer scientists are expected to increase 19 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Now, job search engine Indeed has released some of its own figures on computer science, noting that the average salary for top job titles clocks in at nearly $89,000.

Indeed also released data on where the jobs are and whose hiring. (As you’ll see, both Microsoft and Amazon.com make the top 10). Here’s a look at the company’s findings, which you must recall is limited in scope due to its reliance on one data source.

Top 10 Cities Where Companies Are Hiring For Computer Science Majors:

1. Washington, D.C.

Seattle skyline (Photo: Angela N.)

2. San Jose

3. New York

4. San Francisco

5. Boston

6. Seattle

7. Chicago

8. Atlanta

9. Los Angeles

10. Dallas

Top Companies Hiring for Computer Science Majors:

1. CSC

2. AppLabs

3. General Dynamics

4. Microsoft

5. Deloitte

6. Amazon

7. Man Tech Int’l Corp.

8. Raytheon

9. HP

10. Northrop Grumman

10 Most In Demand Job Titles for Computer Science Majors:

1. Software Engineer

2. Systems Engineer

3. Software Developer

4. Java Developer

5. Business Analyst

6. .NET Developer

7. Web Developer

8. Systems Administrator

9. Project Manager

10. Network Engineer

  • Willie Isz

    There are plenty of jobs at defense contractors in the DC area for US citizens with a security clearance. The work environment is grim, however, compared to a San Fran startup.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.wayne.black Steven Black

    Well this is good to know as I am getting out of the Army with a TS/SCI & need a job. Have Net+ & Sec+ yet no real job lined up.

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