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The Office of Technology Policy analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics' growth projections for the core occupational classifications of IT (information technology) workers to assess future demand in the United States. Classifications studied were computer engineers, systems analysts, computer programmers, database administrators, computer support specialists, and other computer scientists. The analysis indicates that there were 2,179,000 core IT workers in 1998 with projected growth to 3,891,000 by 2008. Additionally, the United States will need to replace 306,000 workers who are leaving these occupations as a result of retirement, change of profession, or other reasons. Therefore, the country will require more than 2 million new IT workers in these occupations during this 10-year period. Of these jobs, more than three-fourths will require at least a bachelor's degree. The five fastest growing occupations for the period are database administrators, systems analysts, computer support specialists, computer engineers, and all other computer scientists. The service sector is expected to absorb most of the increases in these core IT occupations, growing between 55 percent and 155 percent, depending on occupation. California, Texas, and New York lead the nation in the number of core IT workers, while Colorado, Virginia, and Massachusetts have the highest proportion of IT workers. (The documents include eight tables with state rankings based on size and intensity of its total core IT work; size, intensity, and annual average wages for each of the core IT occupations; and the states' ordinal rankings on those variables.) (KC)

Descriptors: Adults, Comparative Analysis, Computer Science, Demand Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Futures (of Society), Information Technology, Labor Needs, National Surveys, Statewide Planning, Tables (Data)

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Author: Sargent, John


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