Top 5 Insights
- The majority of recent graduates (73%) are quite confident about the job market; the ones coming out of the Midwest are the most confident while graduates from the northeast and the west are comparatively less confident. Graduates who rate themselves highly knowledgeable will demand a premium of about $10,000 in salary.
- Recent graduates are better prepared in key knowledge areas such as requirements analysis and communication compared to 2013. However, on average cybersecurity preparedness of IS majors remains the weakest knowledge area.
- Bachelors salaries did not change significantly compared to 2013 ($57,212 vs. $57,817) while masters salaries only rose slightly ($65,394 vs. $67,632). The biggest jump was in students coming from the northeast (9% increase for bachelors and 43% for masters).
- Very large firms typically pay about $13,000 more in salary than very small firms.
- IS graduates are significantly more diverse than Computer Science with double the percentage of females (36% vs. 18% at the bachelor level) and four times the percentage of Asians (37% vs. 9%). Yet, there is still evidence of a glass ceiling as female Masters students make quite a bit less ($63,206 vs. $72,001 for males).