October 13, 2011

Comparisons between the number of projected technology job openings and the number of students studying computing-related fields around the country reflect a lack of preparedness for the demands of the 21st century, according to newly gathered data from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT.)

According to national data:

  • There will be a total of nearly 1.4 million computing-related jobs added in the U.S. by 2018, according to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, making technology one of the fastest-growing sectors.
  • The average growth in computing jobs is projected to be about 22%; this compares to a 10% growth rate across all jobs.
  • The number of people graduating from college with computer or information sciences degrees has been decreasing steadily since 2004. At current rates of computing degree production, barely 60 percent of the vacant computing jobs expected by 2018 could be filled by U.S. graduates.

Local data suggest that:

  • Most states (80%) are producing fewer computing graduates than needed to fill all projected in-state computing-related jobs.
  • By contrast, 10 states currently produce more degree-holders in computing than anticipated state job openings.
  • In some congressional districts that overlap high-density metropolitan areas with growing tech sectors, fewer than half of the annual estimated job openings can be filled with local graduates. In the Denver/Boulder area of Colorado (CO-2), for example, only 24% of the estimated 2,500 annual jobs can be filled with computing graduates from local universities.

These computing education and job statistics are available online in an interactive map at, accompanied by a research executive summary. NCWIT has published the data to help raise awareness about the state of computing education and job opportunities, provide a benchmark for helping to measure progress, and give policymakers, educators, employers, and other stakeholders a resource that helps them advocate for change.

“American students need a 21st century computing education,” said NCWIT CEO, Lucy Sanders. “The lack of a sufficiently skilled technology workforce poses risks to this country’s security, economic stability, and ability to innovate.”

NCWIT and the Woodrow Wilson Center are hosting a roundtable discussion today to address the critical need for improved computing education and expansion of the U.S. technology talent pool. Participants include Congressman Thomas Petri (R-WI); Donagh Herlihy, Senior VP & CIO, Avon Products, Inc.; Dr. Anthony Carnevale, Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; Dan Zelem, CIO, Medco; Laura Adolfie, Director, STEM Development Office, Department of Defense; and Bill Kamela, Senior Director for Education and Workforce Law and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft.


The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. Find out more at