Students Aren’t Flocking to the Computer Science Department

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Computer Science is looking to officially become one of the least popular majors around–because enrollment is way down, according to a recent study from the National Center for Educational Statistics’ Digest of Educational Statistics.

Since 1970, the total percentage of students enrolled in computer science has remained pretty close to the bottom. Right now, it’s around 3 percent of campus student bodies on average and it’s peak was in the mid-2000s to just above 4 percent. This is despite the fact that there is a huge demand for computer science majors in the job market with jobs that offer very high salaries and generous benefits to prospective employees. It also appears that the gap isn’t going to grow anytime soon. The majors with the highest rate of growth include business and health and most programming and computer science jobs actually don’t require a degree if you know how to do the work.

So why are the students staying away from studying it? Most students who might be interested in a computer science career or know they can do the work will take another major that they truly wish to study and use their computer programming knowledge as a backup plan or a main source of income while they pursue another career or field of study. Another reason might be the dot com bubble that actually saw an increase in majors before the market completely fell out and destroyed a number of start-up companies and websites. Nevertheless, we still need programmers and people who can make things happen with computers because without them, you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

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