Computer, engineering, & science occupations

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Total Workforce

8.79M

Average Age

41.5

Estimated Job Growth

13.7%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$84,759

Average Male Salary

$89,580

Average Female Salary

$70,777

About

Computer, engineering, & science occupations are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Computer, engineering, & science occupations was $84,759 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Computer, engineering, & science occupations by wage are Management, business, & financial occupations, Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, and Education, legal, community service, arts, & media occupations.

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

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer, engineering, & science occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Computer, engineering, & science occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Computer, engineering, & science occupations, by average wage, is Video tape & disk rental. Computer, engineering, & science occupations are paid most in Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$84,759

AVERAGE SALARY

± $504

In 2017, Computer, engineering, & science occupations earned an average of $84,759, $32,694 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Management, business, & financial occupations make somewhat more than Computer, engineering, & science occupations while Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Computer, engineering, & science occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.334

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Computer, engineering, & science occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.334, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Computer, engineering, & science 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, engineering, & science occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Computer, engineering, & science occupations

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Computer, engineering, & science occupations, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Architectural, engineering & related services, and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Computer, engineering, & science occupations, by average wage, are Video tape & disk rental, Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, and Electronic auctions.

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Industries by Share

8.79M

2017 Workforce

± 70,592

3.94%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.1%

The number of people employed as Computer, engineering, & science occupations has been growing at a rate of 3.94%, from 8,457,526 people in 2016 to 8,790,473 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Computer, engineering, & science occupations employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Computer, engineering, & science occupations at  16.3%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 9.14% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 4.54%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Computer, engineering, & science occupations in the US. The average age of male Computer, engineering, & science occupations in the workforce is 41.8 and of female Computer, engineering, & science occupations is 40.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Computer, engineering, & science occupations is White.

Gender Composition

6.54M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 61,365

2.25M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 36,576

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

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Computer, engineering, & science occupations

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

71.5% of Computer, engineering, & science occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.8% of Computer, engineering, & science occupations, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Computer, engineering, & science occupations.

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Age by Gender

41.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.122

40.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.207

The median age of Computer, engineering, & science occupations is 41.5, and Male employees are generally 1.06 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Computer, engineering, & science occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Computer, engineering, & science occupations is Engineering but a relatively high number of Computer, engineering, & science 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, engineering, & science occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer, engineering, & science occupations need many skills, but most especially Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Computer, engineering, & science occupations need more than the average amount of Science, Programming, and Technology Design.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Computer, engineering, & science occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Computer, engineering, & science 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, engineering, & science occupations. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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