May 2013

Implementing the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification in the Occupational Employment Statistics


Annual mean wages for magnetic resonance imaging technologists ($65,410) and genetic counselors ($55,820) were above the U.S. all-occupations average. The annual mean wage for exercise physiologists ($47,610) also was slightly above average. Annual mean wages for hearing aid specialists ($46,780) and ophthalmic medical technicians ($35,590) were similar to or below the average across all occupations.

Computer occupations. The SOC structure for computer occupations was significantly updated in the 2010 revision, reflecting the effects of technological change on this group of occupations. Four new computer occupations were introduced as part of the revision: web developers, information security analysts, computer network architects, and computer network support specialists. Changes to the remaining computer occupations ranged from title and editing changes to changes in the occupations’ content. For example, the definition for computer software engineers, applications, was edited and the title changed to software developers, applications; the revised computer systems analysts occupation had a substantive change to the occupation’s content, with some workers previously classified in this occupation moved to the new computer network architects occupation. In addition, all the computer occupations were assigned new codes as part of the revision.

In May 2012, web developers filled 102,940 jobs. About one-fifth of these jobs were in the computer systems design and related services industry; other industries with high employment of web developers included data processing, hosting, and related services (5,230); advertising, public relations, and related services (4,930); and management, scientific, and technical consulting services (4,880). (See chart 3.) Metropolitan areas with the highest concentrations of web developers included the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA, metropolitan division; Boulder, CO; and the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA, metropolitan division, each of which had more than 3 times as many web developers as a percentage of total employment than the United States as a whole.

The annual mean wage for web developers was $66,100, above the U.S. all-occupations average of $45,790 but below the average wage for computer occupations of $80,020. By comparison, the highest-paying computer occupations, computer and information research scientists and systems software developers, had average wages of $103,670 and $102,500, respectively. Among the industries shown in chart 3, wages for web developers ranged from $57,390 in colleges, universities, and professional schools to $79,520 in employment services.

Total employment of information security analysts was about 72,670 in May 2012. Computer systems design and related services was the industry with the highest employment of information security analysts, with about 20,040 jobs, or 28 percent of total occupational employment. Industries with the highest employment of this occupation also included management of companies and enterprises (5,810); depository credit intermediation (5,000); and management, scientific, and technical consulting services (3,930).

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Audrey L. Watson

Audrey L. Watson is an economist in the Division of Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.