Job Growth Projections
Computer Science/Information Technology continues to be a high-growth, high-paying field
- According to the latest 10-year Bureau of Labor Statistics projections:
- The top 3 growth industries are: "Management, scientific, and technical consulting services" (77.9%), "home health care services" (55.4%), and "computer systems design and related services" (38.3%).
- The top 6 more specific occupations are: "Network systems and data communications analysts" (53.4%), "Personal and home care aides" (50.6%), "Home health aides" (48.7%), "Computer software engineers, applications" (44.6%), "Medical assistants" (35.4%), and "Computer systems analysts" (29.0%).
- Computing-related jobs constitute 5 out of the 10 highest paid jobs from among the 30 fastest growing jobs in an analysis of slightly older BLS statistics.
- A study of offshoring by the main professional society for computer scientists has concluded that offshoring is probably good for the economy and computing professions in the U.S.; more information technology jobs are available today in the U.S. than at the height of the recent "dot.com boom".
Reference: https://www.cs.rice.edu/~vardi/papers/globalization07.doc .
- Computer science/engineering graduates are in high demand by employers at all degree levels.
- Large numbers of unfilled information technology jobs are being reported by the Information Technology Association of America and specific companies.
- College enrollments in computer science are down nationally, creating increased opportunity for students who pursue education in this area. A recent survey found that just 1 in 75 college students planned to major in computer science, down from 1 in 30 in year 2000.
References: http://archive.cra.org/CRN/articles/march06/vegso.html, http://archive.cra.org/CRN/articles/may05/vegso.html.
- Recent data shows job openings far exceeding degree production.
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- Studying computer science leads to a wide variety of career possibilities in a very diverse set of industries and agencies.
References: Forrester Research Data Reported by Prentice Hall, , , .