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Human Computer Interaction

505 Master's Degrees Annually
14 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#149 in Popularity (Master's)
$93,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Human Computer Interaction Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many human computer interaction graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 505
Graduate Certificate 43
Doctor’s Degree 14

What Human Computer Interaction Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to human computer interaction were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Human Computer Interaction Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Human Computer Interaction Majors

human computer interaction majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Human Computer Interaction Majors

Human Computer Interaction majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Human Computer Interaction Major?

People with a human computer interaction degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Information Technology Project Managers 9.3% $90,270
Video Game Designers 9.3% $90,270
Web Administrators 9.3% $90,270

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Human Computer Interaction?

505 Master's Degrees Annually
56% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 56% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of human computer interaction majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Human Computer Interaction Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 60
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 29
White 184
International Students 177
Other Races/Ethnicities 35

Geographic Diversity

Human Computer Interaction appeals to people across the globe. About 35.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Human Computer Interaction Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in human computer interaction was $78,500 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $77,950 (25th percentile) and $93,200 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to human computer interaction.

Salaries According to BLS

Human Computer Interaction majors often go into careers with median salaries of $93,350. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with human computer interaction may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to human computer interaction have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.9%
Some College Courses 8.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 50.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 8.1%
Master’s Degree 3.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.6%

Online Human Computer Interaction Programs

In 2018-2019, 31 schools offered a human computer interaction program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 2
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 22 3
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Human Computer Interaction Worth It?

The median salary for a human computer interaction grad is $93,350 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 134% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,069,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to human computer interaction.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2,661
Nutrition Science 1,439
Sustainability Science 1,184
International Studies 1,182
Computational Science 763
Behavioral Science 724
Museum Studies 710
Gerontology 645
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 630
Biological & Physical Science 611
Dispute Resolution 522
Systems Theory 460
Historic Preservation 292
Interdisciplinary Studies 213
Mathematics & Computer Science 189
Science, Technology & Society 187
Cognitive Science 152
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 131
Natural Sciences 94
Marine Science 92
Cultural Studies & Analysis 69
Medieval Studies 49
Classical & Ancient Studies 30
Holocaust Studies 30
Maritime Studies 20
Accounting & Computer Science 10
Human Biology 8
Biopsychology 1

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