Computer Science Degrees for IT Help Desk Jobs

By Tyler Regas

You may want to consider your education options if you’re headed for an IT help desk job. Before you leave high school, you will likely be working toward going to college for higher education. Knowing that you want to seek a career in technology, you will probably select computer science as your major. A computer science major is a good thing.

Just know that, in almost any collegiate program, you will be required to take a selection of classes that are not technological in nature alongside those courses that will help move you toward your career goals.

Any and all education is good. The more you know, the better you can be, so education is worth your time and effort. Choosing comp sci is also good for your bank account, at least when you get work after earning a degree. The list below shows the top 10 colleges offering strong comp sci programs.

It shouldn’t be all that surprising that California is home to many of the top schools in this list. California is also home to the single, largest enclave of nerds, Silicon Valley, and hosts a very large number of technology‐based corporations. Irvine, often considered one of the best cities in America to live in, also has a large number of data centers.

You may not, however, want to fiddle around for four years to get a bachelor’s degree.

Rank School Name Starting Pay Midcareer Pay
1 University of California, Berkeley $82,000 $141,400
2 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
(CalPoly)
$67,000 $125,000
3 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $68,000 $120,200
4 (tie) Stanford University $90,000 $120,000
4 (tie) University of California, Irvine (UCI) $64,200 $120,000
6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) $82,400 $117,500
7 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia
Tech)
$66,700 $117,000
8 Cornell University $70,000 $116,500
9 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $70,000 $115,000
10 Rutgers University – New Brunswick $63,000 $114,500

Source: PayScale.com