Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Graduates Are Highest-Paid in U.S.

If you want to make bank, you better learn binary.




Photo by JD Hancock
 

 

Keep on laughing at the nerds, America. While you lie on your sofa giggling at the socially awkward antics of “The Big Bang Theory” in a bleary-eyed, Sun Chip-dusted miasma, somewhere in a dank basement in Oakland, an enterprising young coder is Red Bulling through a Java syntax error.

Guess who’s going to be laughing when they graduate and start banking $89,000 straight out of the gate? That’s the kushy starting salary for a Carnegie Mellon University computer science graduate, according to a new survey by NerdScholar. That’s tops in the nation for schools that report salary information (Harvard University and a few other Ivies do not).

Even more impressive, CMU took four of the top 25 spots on the list, with the College of Engineering ($68,000), Tepper School of Business ($65,000) and College of Fine Arts ($62,000) also placing.

Note: CMU’s College of Fine Arts includes the Information Systems major, just in case you were about to hand your child a copy of Foucault’s translated works and kick back until the money starts rolling in. You’re going to want to get them acquainted with Hopscotch shortly after they learn the alphabet.

A is for algorithm! Yay! See how fun this is?



 

#Data: This Bars v. Grocery Stores map is intriguing



 

Where is the “beer belly of America?” Thankfully, Pittsburgh was spared that shame by our friends in Wisconsin, which has an alarming percentage of bars-to-grocery stores in this interesting infographic by Flowing Data.

Western Pennsylvania has a relatively healthy balance (shout out to Giant Eagle), especially compared to the 2.7 bars-to-grocery-stores ratio of Wisconsin. Overall, America has about 13 percent more grocery stores than bars. This sounds very comforting until you realize that Canada has 83 percent more grocery stores than bars and Poland has 548 percent.

Let freedom ring. (Yeah, we’re going down hard.)



 

#Props: NYT includes Pittsburgh in a list of top gay destinations


Another day, another best of list. The New York Times has included Pittsburgh in a new list of gay-friendly travel destinations, and the article contains this backhanded gem: “I understand Pittsburgh probably conjures up images of steel mills, football and heart attack-inducing sandwiches,” wrote Jim Werner, a co-founder of a travel website that offers information about a number of gay-friendly cities ... But, he pointed out, Pittsburgh is, in fact, “quirky, progressive, and yes, remarkably gay-friendly.”

Tough but fair, Mr. Werner. Tough but fair.

Check out the full list
at the New York Times.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

More From The 412

Pittsburgh Philanthropist, Influential Republican Elsie Hillman Dies at 89

Pittsburgh Philanthropist, Influential Republican Elsie Hillman Dies at 89

Married for seven decades to her industrialist husband Henry, the Hillmans are considered one of Pittsburgh's ultimate power couples.
Canines for a Cause: The 8th Annual Pooch Parade

Canines for a Cause: The 8th Annual Pooch Parade

The dog days of summer may be over, but charity is always in season.
Hundreds of Pittsburghers to Run in Their Underwear (for a Good Cause)

Hundreds of Pittsburghers to Run in Their Underwear (for a Good Cause)

Cupid's Undie Run will raise funds for The Children’s Tumor Foundation on Valentine’s Day.
Which Suburb Is Riding Pittsburgh's 'Best Places' Coattails?

Which Suburb Is Riding Pittsburgh's 'Best Places' Coattails?

Pittsburgh is getting props from yet another national publication, and this time one of the city's suburbs also is basking in the glow.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Think Globally Eat Locally

Think Globally Eat Locally

Pittsburgh slowly is moving closer to becoming a global dining destination while maintaining a culinary connection to its industrial past. PM Dining critic Hal B. Klein profiles 16 international restaurants you need to visit.
Meet Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 Honorees for 2017

Meet Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 Honorees for 2017

We present this year's class of 40 people under the age of 40 who are making Pittsburgh a better place.
Chasing Rabbits: Why Tuomas Sandholm Almost Always Wins

Chasing Rabbits: Why Tuomas Sandholm Almost Always Wins

The winding career path of Tuomas Sandholm has taken detours through kidney transplants, Texas Hold ’em, windsurfing and more. Next, he’d like to save the planet.
Restaurant Review: Meet the New Crew at Smallman Galley

Restaurant Review: Meet the New Crew at Smallman Galley

The second class of Smallman Galley chefs offer addictive Detroit-style pizza and other works-in-progress.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Free Watch Party: Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” in Pittsburgh

Free Watch Party: Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” in Pittsburgh

A local theater will show the much-anticipated episode on its big screen Sunday night

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Parts & Service Adds Pizza To Superior Motors

Parts & Service Adds Pizza To Superior Motors

Executive Chef Kevin Sousa and Pastry Chef Kate Carney are cooking sourdough pizza in an outdoor brick oven.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The 5 Best Underrated Fountains in Pittsburgh

The 5 Best Underrated Fountains in Pittsburgh

While we all know and love the grandeur of the fountain at Point State Park, there are many hidden fountain gems throughout the city. These are a few of our lesser-known favorites.

Comments


Madness and Mayhem in the ScareHouse Basement

Madness and Mayhem in the ScareHouse Basement

Visiting the world-famous haunted attraction's adults-only, subterranean experience.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
It's What Steelers Do After Kansas City That Matters

It's What Steelers Do After Kansas City That Matters

The team is more than capable of beating the Bengals Sunday, but are they willing to keep their eye on the ball long enough to begin stacking victories again for a change?

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

Robert Hallett, Goldsmith, handcrafts the jewelry in his Oakmont shop.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Celebrate the Life and Work of George Romero This Week

Celebrate the Life and Work of George Romero This Week

A preview of the week-long tribute to the late filmmaker, plus reviews and more movie news.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
The Pick of the Patch: Pumpkin-Themed Proposals

The Pick of the Patch: Pumpkin-Themed Proposals

In honor of fall, we’re showcasing three couples whose proposals involved one of the best things about the season: pumpkins.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Holiday How-To: Upgrade Your Fall Decor with Advice from Local Experts

Holiday How-To: Upgrade Your Fall Decor with Advice from Local Experts

Interior designers share their tips on creating easy, elegant décor that will take you from Halloween through Thanksgiving.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

School trustees voted this week to increase tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Comments