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Outlook: Computing careers expected to thrive

June 15, 2010

Several new reports predict that careers in computing and information technology will see tremendous growth in the U.S in the foreseeable future. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the demand for computing jobs will outpace other U.S. job markets in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Nearly 75% of new science or engineering openings will be in computing, compared to just 16% in traditional engineering jobs.

A June 1 hiring study by Dice Holdings, which operates Dice.com and other job boards for technology professionals, found that approximately three quarters of employers and recruiters intend to increase hiring by 10-20% over the second half of 2010.

Supporting Dice’s finding is a June 2 “Help Wanted Online” report by The Conference Board, a non-profit business advocacy group, that indicates the number of computing and technology positions available continues to lead other fields in online job postings.

Salaries and job stability for computing hires also look promising. The Dice study reported that 25% of employers are increasing salaries for new hires. Furthermore, approximately 70% of employers polled do not anticipate layoffs and recruiting for new hires has more than doubled since fall of 2009.
 

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