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Computer scientists power our region’s aerospace industry!

boeing-787-dreamlinerWashington state – and particularly King County Washington, Seattle’s home – is a leader in aerospace and in information technology. There’s no news there.

What is news comes from an ongoing study of King County’s aerospace industry talent pipeline by Community Attributes Inc. working with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle – King County:

  • What field has the largest total number of current employees in King County’s aerospace industry? COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • What field has the greatest predicted number of new employees needed by King County’s aerospace industry from 2013-2023? COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • What field has the greatest predicted compound annual growth rate for King County’s aerospace industry from 2013-2023? COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • What field has the greatest predicted annual gap between supply and demand for King County’s aerospace industry from 2013-2023 (where “supply” is not “degrees granted” but rather the industry’s current ability to hire)? COMPUTER SCIENCE

The bottom line: the importance of computer science extends far beyond Washington’s world-leading software industry – for example, it powers Washington’s world-leading aerospace industry. Every field is becoming an information field. Computer science is increasingly central to everything – great preparation for any career.

Check it out here. And check out an excellent related GeekWire post here.

(In this context, it’s also worth noting that more people are employed in Washington state’s software industry than in our aerospace industry.)

February 26, 2016