January 2, 2008
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has made an encouraging forecast for math and computer science majors. The number of mathematical and computing-related jobs, the bureau estimates, will increase the most among all the "professional and related occupations" over the next 10 years.
The BLS projects that computer and mathematical science occupations will increase by nearly 25% for the 2006-2016 period, or by about 825,000 jobs. Despite outsourcing, which has slowed the growth rate in the last 10 years in computer and mathematical science occupations, other aspects of computing will help to create additional opportunities.
Among the six fastest-growing occupations with the greatest projected growth, there will be increased demands for computer software engineers, computer systems analysts, and network systems and data communication analysts. "The demand for computer-related occupations will increase in almost all industries as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated and complex technologies," the labor report said.
Source: Computing Research Association, Dec. 5, 2007.