Across the United States, new computer science graduates from strong programs are receiving extraordinary job offers, writes Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) at the University of Washington. Lazowska notes that 2011 CSE graduates at the University of Washington have reported starting salaries as high as $105,000 and signing bonuses as high as $30,000.
The high starting salaries are due to the recent tech industry boom as companies such as Microsoft, Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, and Zynga are aggressively hiring new graduates. In addition, Lazowska says that just about every field is starting to rely heavily on information technology, putting computer science graduates in high demand.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology recently completed a report assessing the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program. "All indicators — all historical data, and all projections — argue that [computer science] is the dominant factor in America's science and technology employment," the report says.
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