A new report from Calvin College professor Joel Adams suggests a bright future for people pursuing computing careers. The report, "The Market for Computing Careers," notes that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that for the foreseeable future, nearly three out of four new science or engineering jobs in the United States will be in computing.
Moreover, the number of new jobs created each year is double the number of computing graduates, creating a significant shortage that also raises salaries. Adams notes that computing is the only science, technology, engineering, and math discipline in which demand for graduates exceeds supply. BLS predicts that the majority of new computing jobs will be in software engineering, followed by computer networking and systems analysis.
The yellow bars indicate the total number of job openings in each area per year, and the orange bars indicate the number of graduates in those areas.
However, despite the demand for graduates, the number of students choosing a computer science degree has dropped from about 60,000 in 1998 to about 30,000 in 2007, according to the Computing Research Association's Taulbee Survey.
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