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The Future Of Computer Programming And Software Development Careers

by Sir on February 22, 2011

As technology becomes more and more prevalent in today’s industries and world, we should see an increase for the need of good, skilled software authors, right now, in 2010 there is a bit of a recessed curve in most industries, however we are seeing that as people use more Personal Digital Assistants, various all in ones and new multifunction phones and related tools are being made, the need for software programming is on the rise.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated an increase in the need for software developers – starting in 2008 and increasing ever since.

Please observe this table:

Computer software engineers and computer programmers

In 2008                        Projected in 2018                        Number Change            Percent Change

1,336,300             1,619,300                           283,000                        21

As for Software Engineers

In 2008                        Projected in 2018                        Number Change            Percent Change

909,600                        1,204,800                        295,200                        32

So this should give you an idea of a consistent, steady growth over time.

The Bureau states:

“…Job prospects. As a result of rapid employment growth over the 2008 to 2018 decade, job prospects for computer software engineers should be excellent. Those with practical experience and at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field should have the best opportunities. Employers will continue to seek computer professionals with strong programming, systems analysis, interpersonal, and business skills. In addition to jobs created through employment growth, many job openings will result from the need to replace workers who move into managerial positions, transfer to other occupations, or leave the labor force. Consulting opportunities for computer software engineers also should continue to grow as businesses seek help to manage, upgrade, and customize their increasingly complicated computer systems.”

What it appears that the need will be for are developers in the area of Web Based Computer Software Technologies, PDA and Multifunction Phone Technologies, any aspect of Cloud Computing and putting information on the web for ease of access by users globally.

There are many resouces online that have plenty of information regarding the future of computer software and computer programming job and career resources.

For those interested in pursuing a career in the computer software industry should have their resume in order, some samples of the software development work, products and references.

So the outlook in the computer software and programming career field shows lots of potential.  The trend is up, the needs are growing and as the economy recovers we should see an increasing positive trend in the computer software services industry.