View Full Version : associates degree versus master's degree

11-25-2008, 12:43 AM
I have a four year degree in chemistry.

Now I want to become a computer programmer.

I'm willing to go back to school for a year or two.

For an entry level programmer at this point in time, what's the approximate starting salary if I had an associate's degree in computer science? How about if I had a master's degree?

In case it matters, I'm in the Northeast.

11-25-2008, 01:42 AM
Computer Science and Computer Programming are not the same. Computer Science has way more than just programming. If you just want computer programming go to a community college for an associates degree in computer programming. I am in college right now getting a bachelors in Computer Science so I can't help you out with salaries, but you would theoretically get more if your degree is more advanced, however if you don't have the work experience to go along with an advanced degree I wish you luck at entry level since you will be very over qualified.

11-25-2008, 02:38 AM
There is also another degree known as Software Engineering which is different than Computer Science. The science degree is more for theory behind why stuff works, whereas the engineering degree is focused more on actually doing it. However it should be said these are not hard and fast rules. There are a lot of universities now that offer Computer Science that isn't just focused on the science side. And the opposite is true, some schools that teach Software Engineering basically are teaching Computer Science and not engineering.

You basically would need to look at some different schools and compare the curriculum for the degrees to see what interests you.

11-25-2008, 03:13 AM
I start unversity next year for computer science and the jobs in Minnesota for software developers, which is what i would like to do. They are offereing between $80k to $120k depending on years of experience and ofcourse having a degree in CS. The university I will be going to offers both CS and Software Engineering. I dont know what the pay is like in the Uk.