Some of us dream of making six figures one day (several years into our career), but for grads of Carnegie Mellon's computer vision program, it's their starting salary.
Of course, we know tech jobs are in demand and often come with generous compensation packages, but what makes this program considerably more lucrative? It's prepping students for the self-driving car market.
Oh, and Pittsburgh (where Carnegie Mellon is located) just so happens to be the hub of this booming industry, with four autonomous car companies vying for talent. So, if you need one more reason to check out Pittsburgh (it also boasts a strong overall jobs market and affordable rent), here it is.
The program itself aims to provide students with expertise in the computer vision field through hands-on experience and research and development projects, in addition to classes on topics like "Mathematical Fundamentals for Robotics" and "Cloud Computing" (fun!).
Now, $200,000 is obviously *a lot* of money (even for graduates of a Master's program, which this one is), but to give even more perspective, the average undergrad starting salary for the class of 2017 was $49,785 — a number that saw a 3% increase from 2016 but now seems just a little lacking, comparatively.
And even for a grad program, this number shocks the school's dean of computer science, Andrew Moore, who told CNBC that it's "unheard of for any role until recently."
Other top computer engineering graduate programs can be found at schools like MIT, University of California — Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology and Cornell, just to name a few (check out U.S. News & World Report's full list for more), but it looks like — for now — the city that puts french fries in their sandwiches is tops for post-grad work.