Statistics Reveal Best Online Degrees for Programmers

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ByI. Mitic
September 30, 2019

Despite generally optimistic news in employment statistics, many high-tech employers report job vacancies because of a lack of qualified applicants. Salaries and benefits are soaring as computer-science grads are courted by firms desperate to fill vacancies in software development and other fields.

Online Schools Report hopes to lead would-be programmers to lucrative careers with its report on the best online computer programming degrees.

OSR evaluates online programs by comparing them to the educational opportunities at conventional college campuses, then ranks the top programs according to the benefits they deliver. OSR evaluates student satisfaction, admission rates, online presence, popularity at school, department size, and median debt by program for each online university. The first three data points focus on the quality of the school. The other three put the quality of each individual program under consideration.

According OSR, these are the top schools offering online computer programming degrees:
  1. American Business and Technology University - St Joseph, Missouri
  2. Baker College - Flint, Michigan
  3. Bellevue University - Bellevue, Nebraska
  4. Champlain College - Burlington, Vermont
  5. Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs, Colorado
  6. Davenport University - Grand Rapids, Michigan
  7. ECPI University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
  8. Florida Technical College - Orlando, Florida
  9. Fort Hays State University - Hays, Kansas
  10. Fountainhead College of Technology - Knoxville, Tennessee
  11. Herzing University-Kenosha - Kenosha, Wisconsin
  12. Hodges University - Naples, Florida
  13. Limestone College - Gaffney, South Carolina
  14. University of Advancing Technology - Tempe, Arizona
  15. University of Phoenix-Arizona - Tempe, Arizona

The tech industry has been expanding for decades, employing an ever-growing workforce of highly educated programmers. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average pay of computer programmers is about $84,000 per year - and rising.

Entry-level programming jobs demand nothing more than a bachelor’s degree, the BLS reports. That’s one reason students consider acquiring a tech degree online a smart investment.

Some employers remain skeptical of online degrees. That is why Online Schools Report rates the programs. OSR analyzes programs to ensure that online learning programs offer an education that is comparable to what students find on a traditional college campus.

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