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Wall Street's collapse was computer science's gain

Patrick Thibodeau | May 14, 2014
Computer science undergrad enrollments rise 13 percent last year, continuing trend.

Women are still under-underrepresented in the tech workforce, as is reflected in the graduate data. The fraction of women among bachelor's degree graduates in computer science increased to 14.2% in 2012-13 up from 11.7% in 2010-11.

The number of women who enrolled in computer science programs specifically last year was 13.9%.

There were 1,991 Ph.D. degrees granted last year in computing programs, a 3.2% increase.

The fraction of Ph.D. degrees awarded to non-resident aliens was at 58%.

Artificial intelligence, networking and software engineering, in that order, were the most popular areas of specialization for doctoral graduates, according to the report. Databases, and theory and algorithms were the next most popular areas. These five areas "have been the most popular for the past few. These five areas "have been the most popular for the past few years," the report said.

The job prospects for Ph.D. grads are exceptional. Their unemployment rate is 0.8%, compared to 0.4% last year, and only 8% of these grads took jobs outside of North America, according to the report.

graph of PhD granting schools
Bachelor degrees in computer science and computer engineering at Ph.D.-granting schools. (Source: Computing Research Association)

 

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