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Computer information systems professor salary & career outlook

computer information systems professor

Being a computer information systems professor requires extensive knowledge and training in the computer sciences. As a postsecondary educator, a computer information systems professor would most likely need to obtain a Ph.D. in a general or specialized field in the computer sciences.

Necessary abilities and job duties

Job duties for this type of professor include preparing and delivering lectures, evaluating students' work and progress, research, and participating in professional conferences. To become a professor in computer information, you must be able to understand technology and constantly adapt to an ever-changing and evolving industry.

Candidates for this career should have good oral and written communication skills, be an active and attentive listener, be a good manager of time, be a critical thinker, and have the ability to be patient. The U.S. Department of Labor reports job titles for computer science teachers include professor, instructor, computer information systems instructor, information technology instructor, computer technology instructor and lecturer.

2010 salary information for computer information systems professors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean 2010 annual salary for a postsecondary educator in computer science was $78,190, and salaries ranged from $36,180 to $133,180 depending on a variety of factors including degree held and geographical location.

The top paying states for this occupation include, with 2010 annual mean wage data from BLS:

  • Rhode Island: $112,120
  • Alaska: $103,910
  • California: $99,780

These states also offer a higher cost of living than most states, however some areas do offer high salaries relative to cost of living. With 2010 wage data from BLS and ACCRA cost-of-living ranking from Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, these areas include:

  • Austin-Round Rock, Texas: $107,410, number 5
  • Durham, N.C.: $117,800, number 22
  • Miami, Fla.: $102,590, number 25

The highest-paying opportunities were at colleges, universities, and professional schools, while computer science teachers at technical and trade schools tended to earn a lower wage.

    Training and career outlook

    The U.S. Department of Labor reports most computer science teaching careers in a postsecondary setting require an advanced degree beyond the bachelor's level. These professionals are customarily required to have advanced knowledge in several disciplines which may include computer hardware and software, math, education and teaching, technology, engineering, and communications.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job openings for postsecondary computer science teachers will be increasing faster than average at 14 to 19 percent from 2008 to 2018. The field is expected to add approximately 552,900 jobs within that same decade. In some fields, tenured teaching positions may be competitive, however, better opportunities may be expected for part-time and non-tenured positions. Ph.D recipients are expected to enjoy the best job prospects.

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