The non-hardware-related job market is expected to grow faster than almost any other sector in the country. For instance, jobs for systems and application software developers are expected to grow 30%-34%. The number of network systems and data communications jobs will explode by 53%. Looking for a job? You're probably about to find one. By the year 2018 there will be 1.4 million job openings for so-called "computer specialists" - that's everyone from developers to database administrators - according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS' analysis, which measures from 2008 to 2018, found that only a few other job sectors are expanding as fast as tech. Health care is also at the top of the list - which makes sense considering the growing needs of the aging Baby Boomer generation. But many "computer specialist" jobs are unique in that they have some of the lowest replacement rates in the nation. That means those double-digit growth figures represent almost entirely new jobs.
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Play With the Data
The top graph shows what kind of education will be required for the fastest-growing jobs. The bottom graph puts employment growth into a wider perspective. You can play with the data yourself by choosing different education levels or job types. You can also download the data and create your own visualizations.
Data source: Employment Projections Program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Photo by Mark Puplava.