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quotewomen with moneyThe first 60 years of modern computers focused on computing itself, with the last 20 years or so centered on computers as tools for communication. These two chapters in computing history have led to entirely new industries and technologies, as well as the fast and furious evolution of computer science as a discipline. Today, it is almost impossible to find an avenue of commerce or professional endeavor that has not been affected by the digital revolution. For professionals in the field, the big questions are: What is the next great chapter in computer science and how can I be a part of it?

As the industry continues to grow and evolve, so will competition for the most satisfying and highest-paying jobs. It is therefore imperative that anyone considering a career in computer science stays up-to-date with current and future industry trends.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, 74 percent of new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs through 2022 will be in computing. That is a pretty general statement, however, and does not apply evenly across the broad landscape of computer science occupations. For example, the BLS predicts that nearly a third of all of those new jobs will be created in the computer science subfield of software development.

The BLS breaks down the computer science field into seven distinct subfields and provides percentage estimates for jobs (in relation to all new STEM jobs):

The BLS predicts an 18 percent job growth in computer-related occupations compared to 11 percent for all occupations in total.

The field of computer science is constantly evolving and some of today's most in-demand careers did not even exist a decade ago. Today, it is all about programming and cyber security, but will that still be the case five or ten years from now?

It is easy to see that the computer science field has become too broad to easily define. It has become so fully integrated into every facet of human culture that it is almost impossible to separate it out from any other activities.

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The future is unknown, and that is particularly true when it comes to the rapidly morphing digital world. chart of jobs

The Computer Science career trends includes:

Although the U.S. economy remains stagnant, the field of computer science continues to grow. According to the U.S Department of Labor, the level of employment for computer scientists is expected to increase 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, and this increase correlates directly with the demand for college graduates with a degree in this field. According to, the average salary for the most in-demand job titles for computer science majors is approximately $88,909.

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Following a positive trend back in 2014, many economists and reports suggest the U.S. economy and job market are positioned to yield steady growth in 2015. Each year, Randstad US publishes a list of Hot Jobs in demand as determined by industry expert recruiters. The predictions are based on field market research, an analysis of 2015 economic projections, and market trends. Randstad analyzed the data and compiled a national IT job market overview that lists the top three most in-demand information technology jobs:

So what does it take to attract, engage and retain top talent in the technologies field?

Unfilled information technology jobs come with a cost

With over 400,000 current IT job openings to fill across the United States, there is an average of eight candidates per available job opening, making information technology jobs relatively hard to fill.

Nationally, Information Technology jobs stay vacant for about 44 days, which means that one unfilled IT job can cost a company an average of $7,000.

A company can lose over $14,000 if a position stays vacant for three months or longer.

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The 7 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2018

Recently, Glassdoor published a report on the top 25 lucrative, in-demand jobs. More than half of the jobs listed were in technology fields and required programming skills. If you are interested in a fast-growing and lucrative career, you might want to make learning to code next on your checklist!

However, the hard part is deciding on the best programming language to learn. To help narrow things down, Glassdoor compiled data from Dice (database of current computer programmer jobs). This is not an extensive list, the list does provide insight into the most in-demand programming languages sought after by employers.

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