Computing & IT

Computer science salary expectations

The Tech Nation report of 2016 found the average salary advertising digital roles was nearly £50,000, which is 36% above than the UK national average. The advertised income for these jobs grew by 13% between 2012 and 2015. According to the report, digital technology industries have a combined annual turnover of £161bn, increasing 32% quicker than the average within other business sectors. In fact, the tech economy now accounts for a significant number of UK jobs – nearly 1.6m – with many of these being highly paid opportunities.

59.4%
Full-time work six months after graduation

Earn a degree of lasting importance

As computer technology continues to advance, the demand for graduates with a qualification related to computing and IT will only increase. IT careers that are directly associated with a qualification in computing and information technology include data analyst, database administrator, games developer, IT consultant, SEO specialist, software engineer, and UX analyst. These qualifications also have many other useful applications such as secondary school teacher, web content manager, and network engineer to name but a few.

Average salary
£18,000 – £100,000*
per year

Career adaptability and transferable skills

A degree in Computing or IT offers many options in the job market. This is due to the fact that IT graduates possess skills suitable for many different roles across multiple industries throughout their careers. Many employers prefer graduates with IT and computing degrees as they will possess specific skills such as technical insight, problem solving, decision-making, and project management, all of which can be applied to different levels of an organisation.

Most in-demand computing & it Jobs
  • Art Director
  • Network Engineer
  • Database Administrator
Top rated employers of computing & it graduates
Careers in Computing & IT
  • Possible salary range:
    £20,000 – £50,000+*
    Key responsibilities:
    Develop, design, and enhance apps for the operating system.

    Skills and abilities:Technical creativity and programming skills, with problem-solving ability. Strong communication skills and patience, able to convey information to non-technical colleagues. An understanding of business practices, constraints, and necessity to cope under pressure. 

    What you’ll be doing:Depending on client specifications, you will be required to build applications (apps) using operating systems such as Android for a range of purposes from dating to banking. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

    • Establishing detailed specification briefs with the client, clarifying the intended actions
    • Taking responsibility for the mobile application development life cycle
    • Logically translating programme briefs into programmable language
    • Anticipating problems, devising potential solutions, and conducting tests
    • Sampling, correcting, and updating programmes as necessary
    • Conducting user testing to determine usability and evaluating effectiveness
    • Maintaining detailed documentation for operators

    Career progression: Often stemming from programming work, you may find work in systems design, or systems analysis. You may decide to specialise in a specific programming language, such as Java or C++ although this may restrict you career options. Alternatively, working for larger corporations may allow you an overview in supervisory positions - you could become a Senior Applications Developer, or develop into a managerial role.

    * https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/applications-developer

    Suggested courses:
    Computing & IT
    BSc (Hons) Computing (Information Management)
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Computing & IT
    BSc (Hons) Computing (Mobile Computing)
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Computing & IT
    MSc IT Security Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
    Computing & IT
    MSc Enterprise Architecture Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
  • Possible salary range:
    £22,000 – £70,000*
    Key responsibilities:
    Plan, build, and maintain computer systems using structured query language and database management systems.

    Skills and abilities:Excellent communications skills, with an accurate and organised approach. Strong problem-solving ability, capable of negotiating and meeting deadlines.

    What you’ll be doing:You may work across a variety of different databases, such as a company’s customer records, and may update existing databases, or create new systems. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

    • Establishing the purpose and intended users of a database
    • Structuring the database and organising the display of data, including search results
    • Building trial versions, testing for bugs, and finding solutions
    • Populating the database with new data, or transferring existing data
    • Implementing security measures and creating back-up files

    Career progression: With experience, you could develop into roles such as Senior System Analyst, or other areas of project management, network management, or web development. Alternatively, you may decide to move into consultancy or find freelance opportunities. 

    Suggested courses:
    Computing & IT
    BSc (Hons) Computing (Information Management)
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Computing & IT
    MSc Data Analytics and IT Security Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
    Computing & IT
    MSc Data Analytics and Information Systems Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
    Computing & IT
    MSc Data Analytics and Enterprise Architecture
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
  • Possible salary range:
    £18,000 – £40,000*
    Key responsibilities:
    Install, maintain, and repair communication systems and computer data.

    Skills and abilities:Excellent problem-solving and organisational abilities. Strong communication skills, with a capability to clearly explain technical issues. 

    What you’ll be doing: In smaller organisations, the role may incorporate duties of other positions, such as network administrator. However, you may be part of a larger IT support team. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

    • Installing and configuring new software and hardware, and fixing network faults
    • Creating new accounts, setting passwords and permissions for network access
    • Planning maintenance to prevent faults and providing technical support
    • Training colleagues on new systems and implementing development plans 

    Career progression: You may begin in a position such as Junior Network Engineer and develop into senior positions. Experience in this role could lead to network management positions, consultancy work, or related IT positions, such as Network Security Engineer.

    * https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/network-engineer

    Suggested courses:
    Computing & IT
    BA (Hons) Business & Computing
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Computing & IT
    BSc (Hons) Computing (Information Management)
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Computing & IT
    MSc IT Security Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
    Computing & IT
    MSc Enterprise Architecture Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
  • Possible salary range:
    £18,000 – £100,000*
    Key responsibilities:
    Design visual elements of advertising campaigns across print, video, radio, and web.

    Skills and abilities:Excellent creativity and design skills, with IT capability. Strong communication and an ability to work with a team. 

    What you’ll be doing: Work will vary depending on the agency, and the clients. However, projects will usually start with a brief introducing the client, product, target audience, and the message to convey. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

    • Creating original ideas tailored to a client’s brief, in co-operation with a copywriter
    • Sketching or storyboarding ideas, and presenting them to Creative Directors and client
    • Incorporating changes requested by the client, in line with budgets and deadlines
    • Commissioning photographers, artists, film companies, and other creatives
    • Choosing studios or locations, attending production, and overseeing final edits

    Career progression: You may come to this position through different routes, stemming from a number of creative credentials, supported by a broad graphic design portfolio. You may begin as a Junior Art Director, and with experience develop into Senior Art Director or Creative Director roles. There are opportunities to work freelance. Alternatively, you could decide to set up your own agency, or move into other creative disciplines such as film directing.

    * https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/advertising-art-director

    Suggested courses:
    Fashion & Media
    Arts Enterprise Diploma
    £325
    Computing & IT
    BA (Hons) Graphic Design
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Computing & IT
    BSc (Hons) Computing (Mobile Computing)
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Marketing & Communications
    Dual MSc & MA in Strategic Marketing
    £7,500
  • Possible salary range:
    £25,000 – £80,000*
    Key responsibilities:
    Maintain data security measures to prevent or resolve threats.

    Skills and abilities:Strong knowledge of IT, with attention to detail and logical approach to work. A patient, objective, and proactive style with an appreciation of confidential data. 

    What you’ll be doing: There are commonly various roles dealing with separate aspects, and it is likely you will develop a broader understanding of many of them. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

    • Identifying risks, assessing system vulnerability, and minimising risk
    • Designing new security measures or upgrading existing security
    • Ethical hacking, simulating security breaches, and planning for disaster recovery
    • Tackling viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, ‘phishing’, and ‘pharming’
    • Investigating and correcting breaches, and maintaining security standards
    • Preparing technical reports and procedural documentation

    Career progression:You may be required to complete a background check, or pass a security course to begin working for some organisations. Options to become a certified or accredited information security practitioner may enhance your prospects. You could develop into senior roles such as Security Manager, or move into consultancy. Common employers include financial institutions, police forces, security services, or specialised law firms conducting forensic investigation.

    * https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/it-security-coordinator

    Suggested courses:
    Computing & IT
    BSc (Hons) Computing (Information Management)
    £13,500 UK/EU
    Computing & IT
    MSc IT Security Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
    Computing & IT
    MSc Data Analytics and IT Security Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)
    Computing & IT
    MSc Data Analytics and Information Systems Management
    £9,500 (UK/EU)