A million jobs in computer industry, BLS report finds

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A million jobs in computer industry, BLS report finds

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POSTED ON Jan 02, 2018

According to a recent spotlight on statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects the computer occupational group will yield over 1 million job openings from 2014 to 2024.

Job openings show the combination of new jobs and job openings expected to result from workers retiring.

For sure, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations have high educational requirements.

But did you know that of the 10 STEM occupations that typically require less than a bachelor’s degree for entry, the fastest growing are web developers, computer user support specialists, engineering technicians, and aerospace operation technicians?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly all of the fastest growing STEM occupations are in the computer and mathematics groups.

STEM jobs accounted for two-thirds of employment in the computer systems design industry. STEM occupations made up nearly 67 percent of employment in the computer systems design and related services industry.

The largest STEM occupations in this industry also included computer systems analysts (167,830), systems software developers (130,630), computer user support specialists (125,440), and computer programmers (117,720).

Computer and information systems managers, who plan, direct, or coordinate information technology activities, made up nearly 74,000 jobs in this industry.

Between May 2009 and May 2015, over 800,000 net STEM jobs were added to the U.S. economy, and the computer systems design and related services industry increased its STEM employment by over 300,000 jobs.

The data processing, hosting, and related services industry added almost 31,000 STEM jobs, and colleges, universities, and professional schools added over 29,000 STEM jobs. STEM employment in general medical and surgical hospitals increased by slightly more than 23,000 jobs.

Applications software developers, who design or customize the software to meet clients’ computer needs, made up about 14 percent of industry employment.

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