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Table 1:

Employment in Computer and

Mathematical Occupations

Occupation

May-04

May-05

change

% change

Total-Computer and Mathematical Occupations

2,915,300

2,952,740

37,440

1.3%

Computer and Information Scientists, Research

24,720

25,890

1,170

4.7%

Computer Programmers

412,090

389,090

-23,000

-5.6%

Computer Software Engineers, Applications

425,890

455,980

30,090

7.1%

Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software

318,020

320,720

2,700

0.8%

Computer Support Specialists

488,540

499,860

11,320

2.3%

Computer Systems Analysts

489,130

492,120

2,990

0.6%

Database Administrators

96,960

99,380

2,420

2.5%

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

259,320

270,330

11,010

4.2%

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

169,200

185,190

15,990

9.5%

Computer Specialists, All Other

130,420

116,760

-13,660

-10.5%

Actuaries

16,350

15,770

-580

-3.5%

Mathematicians

2,410

2,930

520

21.6%

Operations Research Analysts

55,030

52,530

-2,500

-4.5%

Statisticians

17,030

17,480

450

2.6%

Mathematical Technicians

1,720

1,430

-290

-16.9%

Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other

8,500

7,320

-1,180

-13.9%

Source: BLS, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004 and May 2005.

 

Table 2:

 Graduate Enrollment in Computer Sciences,

 1983 to 2004

 

Total

U.S. Citizens

Foreign Citizens

Foreign Students as % Total

1983

23,333

17,880

5,453

23.4%

1985

29,769

22,272

7,497

25.2%

1987

32,051

23,274

8,777

27.4%

1989

32,482

22,788

9,694

29.8%

1991

34,681

23,057

11,624

33.5%

1993

36,213

24,304

11,909

32.9%

1995

33,458

22,663

10,795

32.3%

1996

34,626

22,779

11,847

34.2%

1997

35,991

23,074

12,917

35.9%

1998

38,027

23,605

14,422

37.9%

1999

42,478

25,323

17,155

40.4%

2000

47,350

25,088

22,262

47.0%

2001

52,196

26,142

26,054

49.9%

2002

55,269

28,203

27,066

49.0%

2003

53,678

29,535

24,143

45.0%

2004

50,331

28,529

21,802

43.3%

Sources: National Science Foundation (NSF), Science and Engineering Indicators - 2006.

Appendix table 2-15.(1983-2003) Excel Spreadsheet  

National Science Foundation, "Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and  

Engineering: Fall 2004,"August 2006. Table 27. (2004) PDF

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.