Is CS still a sexy job market?

July 7, 2008 at 11:48 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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There’s some concern these days about the job market in technology fields. But Computer Science students certainly have something to smile about. Computer software engineers ranked #1 of 50 on CNN Money.com’s list of best jobs in America.

With an average salary of $80,427 per year, software engineering is the second fastest growing field on the list, with almost 1.2 million jobs expected to be available by 2014. That’s a growth rate of 46.07 percent over the 10 years, or an additional 44,770 new jobs in the field per year.

Additionally, computer/IT analysts ranked seventh on the list. Paying on average $83,247 per year, that field is growing at a rate of 36.10 percent, making it the seventh fastest growing field on the list. The number of jobs for an analyst is expected to jump to nearly 2 million by 2014, an increase of over 67,000 jobs per year.

MONEY magazine, with Salary.com, rated the jobs based on a variety of factors. The magazine collected data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and chose positions that had an above-average growth rate over 10 years and required at least a bachelor’s degree. Positions were also rated on stress levels, flexibility in hours and working environment, creativity and ease of advancing in the field.

(courtesy UIUC)

Computing companies are well-represented in CNNMoney.com’s list of the best overall companies to work for:
1. Google
2. Quicken Loans
6. Cisco Systems
8. Qualcomm

Many tech companies offer interesting and unusual perks: eBay, Quicken Loans, Google, Microsoft

These computing companies rank among CNNMoney’s top-paying overall companies: Adobe, Cisco, Network Appliance, eBay, Texas Instruments, Yahoo!, SAS Institute, Google

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  1. Is CS still a sexy job market?…

    There’s some concern these days about the job market in technology fields. But Computer Science students certainly have something to smile about. Computer software engineers ranked #1 of 50 on CNN Money.com’s list of best jobs in ……

  2. One footnote here. Sometimes you’ll see articles about decreases in the amount of “IT jobs.” For example, here’s one such article that came out recently:

    http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9110329

    It probably sounds like this article is about CSE jobs. Not true! “IT jobs” generally means jobs maintaining computer or information systems. That’s more of what the Information School (I-School, or the INFO major here at UW) does. Their field is very different from ours. They are network administrators, database managers, web site webmasters, and so on.

    Anyway, when you hear about something bad happening in “IT,” just remember, IT != CSE.

  3. This was written in 2008, and now it’s 2013. I’d say the prediction of “67,000 jobs per year” is way off.
    As of when I posted this, software engineers in the US are loosing jobs, not gaining them.

    • Nationally, the number of computing jobs has continued to increase. There is some national data about software developers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics here. This states that there is still a 30% expected growth in jobs for software developers by 2020 (twice the rate of job growth across all sectors!).

      Note that the 67,000 jobs you quote was listed for “computer/IT analysts.” One of the challenges of counting jobs in computing is that job titles are not always consistently used. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a 22% growth rate for computer system analysts. As Marty stated above, though, IT and CSE are not the same.


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