Employment in computer occupations is projected to increase by 12.5 percent from 2017 to 2024, and due to its large employment size, this growth is expected to result in nearly half a million new jobs, far more than any other STEM group. The group projected to add the second largest number of new jobs from 2017 to 2024 is engineering occupations, with 65,000 new jobs.
Job openings show the combination of new jobs and jobs expected to result from workers permanently leaving occupations and needing to be replaced. The computer occupational group is projected to yield over 1 million job openings from 2017 to 2024. The smallest number of job openings projected are in the architects, surveyors, and cartographers group, at only 52,500 projected openings.
Of those STEM occupations that typically require less than a bachelor's degree for entry, the two fastest growing are web developers (26.6 percent) and computer user support specialists (12.8 percent). Four of the fastest growing occupations shown here are drafters or engineering technicians: electrical and electronics drafters, civil engineering technicians, environmental engineering technicians, and aerospace engineering and operations technicians. Nine of the ten occupations typically require an associate's degree for entry. Computer user support specialists typically require some college.