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Information technology professor salary & career outlook

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The world of information technology moves so quickly that by the time a new product hits the market, it is already on the road to being obsolete. Information technology professors have the challenge of teaching students the most up-to-date information so they can make a mark in the fast-moving technology world.

Employment outlook and job prospects for information technology professors

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for postsecondary educators to grow by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018. In 2010, there were 38,080 computer science professors working in the United States. Most jobs are found in universities, colleges and professional schools, though jobs were also available in business schools, computer schools, technical and trade schools, and junior colleges. In 2010, the highest concentration of jobs for information technology professors was found in New Mexico, followed closely by Utah, North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Salary.com found that 86 percent of information technology professors worked in educational institutions, government jobs, or for nonprofits. Nine percent worked in software and networking, while 5 percent worked in aerospace and defense.

Information technology professor salary: 2010 ranges and other information

According to the BLS, computer science professors made a mean annual wage of $78,190 in 2010. Those who earned the highest 10 percent of salaries made an annual wage of $133,180 per year. Those paid in the lowest 10 percent made an annual wage of $36,180.

Glassdoor.com reports a wide range of information technology professor salaries for 2010, which closely mirror the numbers given by the BLS. The highest salary listed for an assistant information technology professor was between $120,000 and $131,000 at Southern Methodist University, while the lowest listed was between $53,000 and $57,000 at Hood College.

Salary.com lists the median annual income for a computer science professor as $97,084. The lowest 10 percent earned $62,900, while the upper 10 percent earned $165,316 per year.

The BLS states information technology professors earned the most in Rhode Island, Alaska, California, Massachusetts and New York. Those in Rhode Island made a mean wage of $112,120, while those in New York made a mean wage of $94,020.

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level for computer science professors include:

  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ

Among the highest paying states for information technology professors, Massachusetts ranks highest for cost of living. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, states with the best cost of living include Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

Information technology professor training: online and beyond

Salary.com reports that 52 percent of all computer science professors hold a doctorate, while 26 percent hold a bachelor's degree. The BLS predicts that those who hold a doctorate could find the best job opportunities. The world of technology changes rapidly, and professors are expected to stay ahead of the curve in order to provide the most valuable educational experience to students. Information technology professor training online can be a good source for continuing education.

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