Computer & mathematical occupations

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Total Workforce

4.66M

Average Age

40.9

Estimated Job Growth

13.7%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$87,359

Average Male Salary

$91,722

Average Female Salary

$74,668

About

Computer & mathematical occupations are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Computer & mathematical occupations was $87,359 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Computer & mathematical occupations by wage are Architecture & engineering occupations, Management occupations, and Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Computer & mathematical occupations are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA, and Mountain View, Palo Alto & Los Altos Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Computer & mathematical occupations are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, Greater Bellevue City PUMA, WA, and San Jose (Northwest) & Santa Clara Cities PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer & mathematical occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Computer & mathematical occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Computer & mathematical occupations, by average wage, is Video tape & disk rental. Computer & mathematical occupations are paid most in LENOWISCO & Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commissions PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$87,359

AVERAGE SALARY

± $692

In 2017, Computer & mathematical occupations earned an average of $87,359, $35,295 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Management occupations make somewhat more than Computer & mathematical occupations while Architecture & engineering occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Computer & mathematical occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.326

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Computer & mathematical occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.326, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Computer & mathematical occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Computer & mathematical occupations, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Insurance carriers & related activities, and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Computer & mathematical occupations, by average wage, are Video tape & disk rental, Metal ore mining, and Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals.

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Industries by Share

4.66M

2017 Workforce

± 52,157

5.27%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.52%

The number of people employed as Computer & mathematical occupations has been growing at a rate of 5.27%, from 4,426,879 people in 2016 to 4,660,200 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Computer & mathematical occupations employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Computer & mathematical occupations at  29.2%, followed by Insurance carriers & related activities with 4.46% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 3.79%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Computer & mathematical occupations in the US. The average age of male Computer & mathematical occupations in the workforce is 40.6 and of female Computer & mathematical occupations is 41.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Computer & mathematical occupations is White.

Gender Composition

3.47M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 45,181

1.19M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 26,698

74.4% of Computer & mathematical occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Computer & mathematical occupations

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

67.2% of Computer & mathematical occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.2% of Computer & mathematical occupations, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Computer & mathematical occupations.

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Age by Gender

40.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.157

41.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.277

The median age of Computer & mathematical occupations is 40.9, and Male employees are generally 1.24 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Computer & mathematical occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Computer & mathematical occupations is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services but a relatively high number of Computer & mathematical occupations hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Computer & mathematical occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer & mathematical occupations need many skills, but most especially Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Computer & mathematical occupations need more than the average amount of Programming, Installation, and Operations Analysis.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Computer & mathematical occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Computer & mathematical occupations are expected to see a growth of 13.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

13.7%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Computer & mathematical occupations. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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