Better late than never, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its workforce projections for the decade 2014-2024.
We focus here on STEM jobs – jobs in computer science, engineering, the life sciences, the physical sciences, the social sciences, and the mathematical sciences.
BLS projects both job growth (newly-created jobs) and job openings (all available jobs, whether newly-created or available due to retirements).
BLS projects that 73% of all job growth in STEM between 2014 and 2024 will be in computer occupations. (This is up from 71% in the 2012-2022 projections. Engineering fields are down to 10% from 15%.)
BLS projects that 55% of all available jobs in STEM between 2014 and 2024, whether newly-created or available due to retirements, will be in computer occupations – 1,083,800 jobs during the decade, more than 100,000 per year. (We’re a younger field – fewer retirements.)
(BLS data from Table 1.2 here.)