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Salary and Career Info

Human-Centered Computing BS

RIT’s human-centered computing degree combines computing, psychology, and design to examine how people use technology and how computing systems can become more intuitive.

Program skills

Object-oriented application development using Java. Content design & development using HTML5, JavaScript, C#, mobile hybrid application development, and content development tools. Two years of psychology, including cognitive psychology and two semesters of research methods. Prototyping the user experience as well as usability testing. Hands-on hardware and software experience, direct experience in a variety of computing environments on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Program facilities equipment

Over 300 computers for student use distributed among several labs, including active-learning labs for course instruction in programming, interface design, and application development. Computers include Mac OSX, Windows 10, Windows Server, and Linux available to all students. Students have class in or access to the Usability Testing Lab and the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research Lab. 

Program job titles

UX Designer; Product Designer; UI Developer; Software Developer; Technology Development Programmer; Web and Systems Programmer

Program significant points

  • Faculty have many years of industry experience that provide a unique approach to learning and practical skill application to real-world solutions.
  • According to the National Science Foundation, Human-Centered Computing (HCC) is a rapidly evolving area that is frequently redefined by cutting edge research.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that jobs for computer network architects may grow 9% for the decade of 2014-2024

Select program hiring partners

Transcat; Target; Richemont; Red Argyle; National Minority Quality Forum; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; General Motors; Crestron Electronics, Inc.; CobbleStone Software; Buxton; Blue Water Thinking; Bose Corporation; Dick's Sporting Goods; EagleDream Technologies; IBM; Intuit; JPMorgan Chase; LenelS2; Liberty Mutual Insurance; PNC Financial Services; Retail Business Services; Rochester Regional Health


Outcome Rates for Human-Centered Computing BS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 84.62%
Full-time Graduate Study 15.38%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 84.62%
Full-time Graduate Study 15.38%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your computing co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your computing knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the human-centered computing degree are required to complete two blocks of cooperative education experience.

Creative Industry Day

RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts Creative Industry Day, which connects students majoring in art, design, film and animation, photography, and select computing majors with companies, organizations, creative agencies, design firms, and more. You'll be able to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and permanent employment positions.