US technical employment falls by more than
220,000 workers from 2000 to 2004


"Contact: Chris McManes
IEEE-USA-Institute of Electrical and Electronics

US technical employment falls by more than
220,000 workers from 2000 to 2004

WASHINGTON (3 March 2005) -- The number of
employed U.S. technical workers has fallen by
221,000 in six major computer and engineering job
classifications from 2000 to 2004, according to
data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor's
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The largest drops occurred among computer
programmers, followed by electrical and
electronics engineers, then computer scientists
and systems analysts. These declines were offset
by substantial employment increases for computer
and information systems managers, computer
hardware engineers and computer software

"The drop in computer programmers and rise in
managers reflects the trend toward offshoring of
programming jobs and the resulting need for
professionals to manage outsourced projects,"
IEEE-USA President Gerard A. Alphonse said.

According to the BLS, computer programmers have
taken the biggest hit, with a drop of more than
24 percent -- from 745,000 in 2000 to 564,000 in
2004. In addition, the number of employed
electrical and electronics engineers shrunk by
101,000, from 444,000 in 2000 to 343,000 last
year, a decrease of nearly 23 percent. Computer
scientists and systems analysts have experienced
similar losses, dropping more than 16 percent,
from 835,000 in 2000 to 700,000 in 2004.

However, employed computer and information
systems managers have jumped from 228,000 in 2000
to 337,000 last year, a dramatic increase of
almost 48 percent. Computer hardware engineers
rose from 83,000 in 2000 to 96,000 in 2004, a
nearly 16 percent increase. Employed computer
software engineers have risen by 74,000, from
739,000 in 2000 to 813,000 in 2004, a 10 percent

The table below summarizes the BLS data:
Job Classification 2000 2004 Change Pct.
Computer Hardware Engineers 83,000 96,000
+13,000 +15.7
Computer & Info. Systems Managers 228,000
337,000 +109,000 +47.8
Computer Programmers 745,000 564,000 -181,000
Computer Scientists & Systems Analysts 835,000
700,000 -135,000 -16.2
Computer Software Engineers 739,000 813,000
+74,000 +10.0
Electrical & Electronics Engineers 444,000
343,000 -101,000 -22.7
Total 3,074,000 2,853,000 -221,000 -7.2


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