Bureau of Labor Statistics

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $86,320 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

  Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2018 MEDIAN PAY
Computer and information research scientists

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology.

Master's degree $118,370
computer network architects image

Computer Network Architects

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

Bachelor's degree $109,020
Computer programmers

Computer Programmers

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.

Bachelor's degree $84,280
Computer support specialists

Computer Support Specialists

Computer support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.

See How to Become One $53,470
Computer systems analysts

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and find a solution that is more efficient and effective.

Bachelor's degree $88,740
Database administrators

Database Administrators

Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data.

Bachelor's degree $90,070
Information security analysts

Information Security Analysts

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

Bachelor's degree $98,350
Network and computer systems administrators

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.

Bachelor's degree $82,050
Software developers

Software Developers

Software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.

Bachelor's degree $105,590
Web developers

Web Developers

Web developers design and create websites.

Associate's degree $69,430
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (visited November 07, 2019).

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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