[Fox Business] Want an AI career? These colleges offer degrees for the best chance

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Artificial intelligence skills are in high demand these days, with some companies offering salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for employees that are experts in the rapidly developing technology.

For those looking to enter what could be a highly lucrative career in AI, a new study by software development firm Vention shows which U.S. colleges are offering bachelor’s degrees with the best chance of landing a job fresh out of school – and the potential for the biggest paychecks.

Vention analyzed the latest graduation data from the U.S. Department of Education and found that of the 1,790 degrees nationwide related to computer science, 294 produced graduates who were employed both a year and four years after finishing school. 

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The researchers discovered only 23 of those schools had median earnings data available for the fourth year after graduation, ranking them from highest to lowest to reveal the best-paying degrees for an AI career with 100% employability.

Cal Poly’s San Luis Obispo campus took the top spot on the list, blasting all other schools out of the water with graduates’ median salary coming in at $181,838 four years after completing their studies.

Coming in second was Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where the median salary four years after graduating is $114,622.

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Trinity University in San Antonio landed in third place with a median salary of $108,840 with their computer science-related degrees after four years.

New York’s Clarkson University offers the fourth-highest paying degrees for AI careers, with grads earning a median salary of $104,005.

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Rounding out the top five is Knox College in Illinois, where computer science grads make a median salary of $95,399 four years after graduating.

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