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The Jobs of Tomorrow

"Almost three-quarters of the job growth will come from three groups of professional occupations-computerand mathematical occupations, healthcare practitioners, technical occupations, education, training, and library occupations-which together will add 3.5 million jobs" (US department of Labor, 2008).

US Department of Labor

Above Data Retrieved from the US Department of Labor

A key finding in the U.S. Department of Commerce report entitled "The Digital Work Force: Building InfoTech Skills" is that the demand for core IT workers is strong and growing at the speed of innovation. In fact, for more than 15 years, employment in the core IT occupations computer scientists and engineers, systems analysts, and computer programmers -- has grown six times faster than the overall U.S. job growth rate. The growth for computer scientists and systems analysts has accelerated in recent years, increasing at an annual rate of 16.4 percent with most IT workers getting their education from four-year colleges.

The professional, scientific, and technical services sector will increase by 28.8 percent with 2.1 million new jobs by 2016. Nearly 1 in every 4 new jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services will be computer systems design and related services with an expected growth of 38.3%. This is due to the increasing dependency businesses will have on information technology, and network security.

Mathematicians will find employment in both the private and public sectors. Many industries rely on mathematicians for management, engineering, as well as statistical, financial, scientific, and technical consulting services. Examples of these industries are software publishers, insurance companies, aerospace, and pharmaceutical. Federal government agencies like the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) routinely hire mathematicians.

The information super-sector will increase by 6.9 % with 212,000 new jobs by 2016.This industry is one of the fastest growing computer-related industries, it includes:

  • Software publishing (32 % growth).
  • Internet publishing and broadcasting (44.1 % growth).
  • Wireless telecommunication. (40.9% growth).
Projected Share of Science and Engineering Jobs - 2010

Above Data Retrieved from the National Science Foundation (NSF)