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Computer and Mathematical Occupation Profiles


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Distinct Groups (19): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes150000.htm
Employment: 4,165,140
Mean Hourly Wage: $42.25
Mean Annual Wage: $87,880
Largest Employment Category—Software Developers, Applications—794,000
Smallest Employment CategoryMathematical Technicians—510 Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

The Computer and Mathematical occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 19 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. 

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Actuaries  Rapid Growth  Video
Computer and Information Scientists, Research Rapid Growth  Video
Computer User Support Specialists  Rapid Growth  Video
Database Administrators Rapid Growth  Video
Computer Security Specialists (Information Security Analysts) Rapid Growth  Video
Mathematical Science Occupations  Rapid Growth  Video
Mathematicians  Rapid Growth  Video
Operations Research Analysts Rapid Growth  Video
Software Developers, Applications Rapid Growth  Video
Software Developers, Systems Software  Rapid Growth  Video
Statisticians Rapid Growth  Video
Web Developers Rapid Growth  Video

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 4,165,140 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $87,880.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here 

In general, the “mean”  is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Computer and Mathematical group’s mean hourly wage of $42.25, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $87,880.

Did you know? Unsurprisingly, Northern, CA metropolitan areas rate highly in terms of annual mean wages and job concentration in this occupation with San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($123,600/1st) (124.88 per 1,000/1st) and San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division ($115,130/3rd) (83.76 per 1,000/4th) leading the way. Huntsville, AL, however, ranks #10 in terms of job concentration at 61.60 per 1,000 jobs. In terms of nonmetropolitan areas, the Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area tops the list in both highest paid ($108,500) and job concentration (88.84 per 1,000) in this occupation.

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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