A report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Monday, February 5, 2018 found that in 2017, computer information systems occupations accounted for roughly 7% of all new jobs created by U.S. businesses, up from 6% in 2016.
That’s up from 5% in 2017.
The BLS report, released to coincide with the opening of the 2018 American Job Fair, highlights how data and technology occupations have expanded significantly since the recession, with a surge of more than 2 million computer-related jobs since the beginning of 2017.
According to the BLS, this trend has accelerated in the past year as new jobs have been created, particularly in information technology and related professions.
Computer and information technology jobs are now represented by a total of 14.6 million, or 9.3% of the total US workforce.
In 2017, the U. S. employed approximately 1.9 million computer and information technologies workers.
However, the BSL report notes that the vast majority of these jobs are in occupations that are not directly related to technology, such as sales, legal, finance, accounting, IT support, computer systems support, and customer support.
While computer and related jobs have experienced a surge in the last two years, the majority of the jobs created have been in occupations where the job requires a combination of technical skills and interpersonal skills, according to the report.
Computer and information system jobs accounted for 16.9% of total jobs in 2017; they increased to 19.6% in 2018.
However a significant portion of these positions are in support occupations, such in customer support, information systems support and other clerical and administrative jobs.
For the most part, these occupations are relatively young and relatively male, the report notes.
However, the job growth in information systems jobs, and in particular in customer service occupations, is significantly higher than the overall U.