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Revenge of the Nerds: Starting Salaries For Class of 2015 Techies Top $100k


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Competition for the top graduates of the leading computer science programs is becoming increasingly fierce.

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Demand for students graduating with computer science, software engineering, and computer engineering degrees is on the rise this year, with competition for the top graduates of the leading computer science programs especially fierce.

Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), says the average initial offer for the school's graduates is about $100,000. Top students at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are receiving similar offers, and analysts say the large salaries are largely because demand for workers with a computer science background is continuing to outstrip the supply.

That demand is coming not just from technology companies, but from all sectors of the economy, ranging from automobile companies to the retail sector. Moore says CMU is seeing the strongest demand for students that specialize in robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, while Stanford University's Connie Chan says demand at the university's recent Computer Forum Career Fair was highest among students with a software background.

The increased demand is resulting in a larger number of students pursuing computer science degrees. The Computing Research Association says the number of bachelor degrees in computer science awarded in the U.S. rose 14 percent between 2013 and 2014.

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