News items like this come along every month. I don’t write about them usually, but the new 10-year projection from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics warrants a comment. The news for computer science jobs is still very optimistic. Here are a couple of outlandish quotes from the CRA post summarizing the new report: ”Computer and mathematical’ occupations are the fastest growing occupational cluster within the fastest growing major occupational group’, and ‘… among all occupations in all fields of science and engineering, computer science occupations are projected to account for nearly 60% of all job growth between now and 2018.’ Here’s the full report from BLS, if you’re curious: [pdf], and here is a nice summary of the good situation that CS graduates are likely to find themselves in for the forseeable future.
If you’re a girl and you’re interested in computing, but you’re afraid of peer pressure or that the culture of computer science is somehow harsh for women, I suggest you read this really nice blog post from a women in the profession. There’s good advice for high school boys and high school (and college!) teachers in there too.