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Beyond the Numbers

  1. 1. Beyond the Numbers Career and industry outlook in the growing field of information technology services TopLine Strategies
  2. 2. IT INDUSTRY GROWTH According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the past 20 years, employment in computer systems design and related services has grown rapidly. As you can see in the chart below, from 1990 to 2001, employment in the industry rose quickly, as many businesses began to invest in computer systems. TopLine Strategies
  3. 3. PROJECTED IT INDUSTRY GROWTH Between 2010 and 2020, output in computer systems design and related services is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 6.1 percent, compared with 3.6 percent for the broad industry category—professional, scientific, and technical services—and 2.9 percent for all industries. TopLine Strategies
  4. 4. REASONS FOR PROJECTED GROWTH The reason for this projected growth is due to consumers who have increased their use of IT services. Cloud computing and cybersecurity are two areas that are expected to lead employment increases in the computer systems design and related services industry; health care IT, mobile networking and data management may also contribute to employment growth over the next decade. TopLine Strategies
  5. 5. EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATES The chart below shows the employment growth rates of the largest occupations in this industry, compared with all occupations in the industry as well as with the broader category of computer, engineering and science occupations in the same industry. As you can see, the occupation of software developers, systems, will be growing as much as 72 percent for 2010-2020. TopLine Strategies
  6. 6. CONCLUSION According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in this industry has grown rapidly in recent years and is projected to continue to do so. The employment estimates for nearly all of the computer occupations in this industry are projected to grow much faster than the 14-percent average growth rate for all occupations. Workers in the major occupation groups in this industry earn high wages, and most workers have at least a bachelor’s degree. From building cloud computing networks to creating security applications, the services provided by computer systems design and related services are constantly evolving and in high demand. TopLine Strategies
  7. 7. SOURCE Lauren Csorny, “Careers in the growing field of information technology services,” Beyond the Numbers: Employment & Unemployment, vol. 2, no. 9 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2013), http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-2/careers-in-growing-field-of-informationtechnology-services.htm TopLine Strategies

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