Wednesday, July 4, 2007

No shortage of Computer Professionals, 446,179 in Reserve

2000 - 2006 Computer-related occupations displacement analysis:

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Number of Jobs Lost during recession 2000-2002 = 134,960
5.11% of yr. 2000 employment (economic contraction)

Growth in Computer-related occupations 2000-2006 = 326,600
12.36% of yr. 2000 employment.

H-1B initial computer-related employment approvals 2000-2006 = 328,968
12.45% of yr. 2000 employment.

Comp. Science B.S. Degrees (1) 2000-2006 = 313,219
11.85% of yr. 2000 employment.

(1) U.S. Citizen & permanent resident B.S. Comuter Science

Employment opportunities for 315,587 American, newly degreed, B.S. C.S. and 134,960 displaced Comp. Sci. workers (2001 - 2006) = -2,368

Reserve U.S. Citizen/Perm Resident computer-related capacity = 448,179

Winners and losers in Computer-related occupations
Occupation & Loss/Gain (2000-2006)
Computer and Information Scientists, Research = 1,850
Computer Programmers = (-134,710)
Computer Software Engineers, Applications = 97,880
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software = 64,450
Computer Support Specialists = (-8,110)
Computer Systems Analysts = (-16,840)
Database Administrators = 1,840
Network and Computer Systems Administrators = 55,480
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts = 84,490
Computer Specialists, All Other = 180,270

Associate Degree note:

From 1995 - 2004, 174,185 Associate degrees were awarded in Computer Science. For informational purposes only -- some B.S. holders may also hold A.S. degrees.

Other Information:
Business Week: Engineering
Gap? Fact and Fiction
, By Vivek Wadhwa

The Duke University Study: PDF

NPR interview: "Engineer Shortage? DukeStudy Says No," April 30, 2007,

Employment data must be downloaded by year:
National Cross-Industry
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations

Educational Data:

TABLE C-6. Bachelor's degrees, by field, citizenship, and race/ethnicity: 1995–2004

H-1B Data:


Anonymous said...

I am a new visitor to this blog, and was curious to see what kind of statistics are available to Americans. I am involved with a group of Candian techies, and we have been trying to gather similar statistics since 2002, with little success I may add ;-)

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that the chart you provided is not very legible on my browser even after I click on it to enlarge the image

Weaver said...


Thanks for the input.

This format (blogspot) doesn't support html tables very well. After a bit of frustration, I decided to post the table as an image -- simply to support my assertions.

The imaging software I own doesn't handle text very well. I have the spreadsheet if that would help you.