$79k $79k
328k 328k
-8.0% -8.0%
3.5/5 3.5/5
Bachelors Bachelors

Computer Programmer Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 328,600 Computer Programmers in the United States. The Computer Programmer job market is expected to shrink by -8.0% between 2014 and 2024.

Computer Programmer Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Computer Programmers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 81,000 Computer Programmers. That number is based on the retirement of 81,000 existing Computer Programmers.

Demand for Computer Programmers

Although employment of computer programmers is expected to decline, job openings will result from the need to replace programmers who leave the labour force or transfer to other occupations. Applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree and knowledge of various programming languages and tools will have the best prospects. To remain competitive, programmers will need to keep pace with evolving technology and emerging, more sophisticated tools. An ongoing commitment to industry education, including obtaining vendor- and language- specific certifications, provides a competitive edge. Continuing emphasis on cyber security will increase the demand for programmers conversant with digital security issues and technology.

There is no lack of computer programming jobs overall, but because programming can be carried out via digital transmission anywhere in the world, regardless of the home base of a business, companies are lured by the lower wages that they can pay in other countries. Computer programmers are at a significantly higher risk of having their jobs outsourced abroad than are workers in more complex information technology functions, such as software engineering. This continuing ‘off-shoring’ trend is projected to limit growth for programmers in the United States.

Supply of Computer Programmers

The Computer Programmer industry is concentrated in California, Texas, and New York.

Computer Programmer Job Market by State

State name Employed Computer Programmers
California 38,650
Texas 21,680
New York 19,680
Illinois 16,230
New Jersey 15,170
Pennsylvania 14,700
Washington 13,260
Florida 12,060
Georgia 10,140
Virginia 8,300
Missouri 7,770
Minnesota 7,710
Massachusetts 7,130
North Carolina 7,040
Wisconsin 6,690
Alabama 5,850
Maryland 5,580
Ohio 5,410
Connecticut 5,020
Michigan 4,910
Arizona 4,890
Indiana 3,920
South Carolina 3,880
Tennessee 3,700
Utah 3,670
Nebraska 3,120
Arkansas 3,110
Colorado 3,110
Oregon 2,930
Kansas 2,430
Louisiana 2,410
Oklahoma 2,130
Nevada 1,980
New Hampshire 1,880
Iowa 1,390
Rhode Island 1,270
Puerto Rico 1,260
New Mexico 1,200
District of Columbia 1,120
Kentucky 1,110
Delaware 980
Montana 820
Maine 780
South Dakota 670
Mississippi 670
Idaho 630
Alaska 610
West Virginia 570
Hawaii 500
North Dakota 460
Vermont 320
Wyoming 170

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