Summary of source data for infographics and stats

Computing occupations make up ⅔ of all projected new jobs in STEM fields

The source for these data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections ( The projection for new computing jobs is 731,800 from 2012-2022. Projections for all other STEM jobs combined is 406,300 over the same period.

When comparing Employment Projections data to Computer Science graduates, only STEM and computing jobs that require a bachelor’s degree are included (i.e., jobs that require associate’s degrees or less, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees are not included in these projection summaries). In this case, the projection for new computing jobs that require a bachelor’s degree is 553,000, versus 267,500 in all other STEM fields combined. This is a 67:33 ratio of jobs in Computing versus the rest of STEM.

For STEM occupations, we use the SOC codes that the BLS defined as STEM in the “Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Information Technology Domain” ( and  

For computing occupations, we use all of the occupations listed under “Computer Occupations” SOC 15-1100, as well as additional individual codes in other categories that are clearly computer science occupations. Specific codes for both classifications are listed below. Note that these codes include occupations at all degree levels.

Computer Science codes:


Computer and Information Systems Managers


Computer Hardware Engineers


Computer science teachers, postsecondary


Computer and information research scientists


Computer systems analysts


Information security analysts


Computer programmers


Software developers, applications


Software developers, systems software


Web developers


Database administrators


Network and computer systems administrators


Computer network architects


Computer user support specialists


Computer network support specialists


Computer occupations, all other

STEM Codes (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Information Technology Domain)


Computer and Information Systems Managers


Architectural and Engineering Managers


Natural Sciences Managers


Computer Occupations


Mathematical Science occupations


Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists



17-3000 (except 17-3011)

Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and mapping Technicians


Life Scientists


Physical Scientists

19-3000 (except 19-3093)

Social Scientists and Related Workers


Life, Physical and Social Science Technicians


Math and Computer Teachers, Postsecondary


Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary


Life Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary


Physical Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary


Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary


Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products


Sales Engineers

Only 8% of STEM graduates study Computer Science

The number of STEM and Computer Science graduates comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Completions Survey, obtained using the National Science Foundation (NSF) WebCASPAR tool. The table “NCES Degrees Awarded by Degree Level and Field” was formatted for 2013 (the most recent year available), bachelor’s degrees only, and public institutions or nonprofit private institutions. The national count of CS graduates includes the U.S territories Guam, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.

The classification of STEM degrees comes from two NCES tables ( and, and includes the following degrees:

 Aerospace Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Other Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Earth Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Computer Science
Agricultural Sciences
Biological Sciences
Medical Sciences
Other Life Sciences
Science Technologies
Engineering Technologies
Health Technologies
Other Science and Engineering Technologies

Interdisciplinary or Other Sciences

According to these data, there were 508,399 bachelor’s degrees earned in STEM in 2013, and only 38,175 of those—7.51%—were in Computer Science.  

1 in 4 U.S. schools offer C.S. classes with computer programming

The source of this data is the Gallup research study (commissioned by Google) Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in K-12 Education, released in 2014 and found here: According to this report, 3/4 of principals surveyed said that their schools do not offer courses with computer programming and coding. Of the 8811 principals who responded to the survey, 4745 said they offer computer science, 3761 said they don’t offer computer science, and 305 said they didn’t know. However, when asked about the content of these computer science courses, only about half of the 4745 principals who offer computer science said that these courses include programming- bringing the fraction of schools that offer computer science courses with programming to 1/4 (i.e., 4745 x 0.5 = 2,372 and 2,372/8,811 = 0.26). Note that we use 1/4 rather than 1/2 due to the confusion about what constitutes computer science. Programming is a critical component to include in a computer science course, and thus only those classes that have some programming should count as computer science.

91% of parents want their students to learn CS

The source of this data is the Gallup research study (commissioned by Google) Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in K-12 Education, released in 2014 and found here: According to the study, “Nine in 10 parents surveyed say that offering opportunities to learn computer science is a good use of resources at their child’s school, and just as many (91%) want their child to learn more computer science in the future” (p. 12).

High school AP exams in 2015

The data about AP computer science exams compared to other subjects, high schools offering the exam, and participation by female, Black, and Hispanic students comes from the College Board National and State Summary Reports:  

We consider the following exams STEM: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Elec. & Magnet., Physics C: Mechanics, and Statistics.

In X out of 50 states computer science doesn’t count towards high school graduation credit

The original source of this data was the ACM Running on Empty report: However, thanks to the advocacy efforts by and sister organization Computing in the Core, the list of states that allow computer science to count towards graduation credit has increased monthly, and at this point is the definitive source of the data. The latest list of states is reflected at

Computer science is the highest paid college degree

See  The single best-paying degree in the USA in 2013 is a Computer Science degree from Carnegie Mellon College.  Depending on what you measure or how broadly you define it, Computer Science degrees vie for the #1 spot across all universities, although in the 2013 batch of graduates they were in the #2 spot according to the NACE survey.

550,000 female software professionals in the US

According to this IDC study in 2014, or this easier to read summary, there are 11M software professionals in the world.  19.2% are in the U.S., which means 2.1M software professionals in the US. According to NCWIT, 26% of these professionals are female, which is about 550,000

67% of computing jobs are outside the tech sector

This statistic was included in the MSFT National Talent Strategy document and taken from a Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce Report on STEM (October 2011) by Anthony Carnevale, Nicole Smith, and Michelle Melton - see  The relevant quote is: "Computer occupations are the most widely represented across industries. For example, 9 percent are in Information Services, 12 percent are in Financial Services, 36 percent are in Professional and Business Services, 7 percent are in Government and Public Education Services, and 12 percent are in Manufacturing".  (12 + 36 + 7 + 12 = 67%)

Number of Hours of Code

At, we do not count unique student IDs perfectly when tracking participation in the Hour of Code. Why? Partly because we don’t want the friction of prompting to “login / register” before a student or classroom tries learning for the first time, and partly because there are many activities we cannot track online. We do take certain steps to reduce double-counting, but without a login prompt, this can’t work perfectly. At the same time, there are MANY student activities in the Hour of Code that aren’t tracked at all. For example: (1) students who use a mobile/tablet app to try the Hour of Code are typically not counted (2) students who share a screen for pair-programming or group-programming may be counted as one (3) students trying an unplugged classroom activity cannot be counted online (4) teachers who create their own Hour of Code activities. As a result, there is some under-counting and some double-counting, and so we do not view the Hour of Code tracker to be an exact measure of usage. It is certainly directionally correct, and shows that many tens of millions of students have participated. And our “lines of code” counter tracks very real usage in our learning platforms.

59% of H1B “skilled worker” visas granted for computer science occupations

The source data is from the US Dept of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification:

This is how we classified the job types:

Occupation type

2014 count

% classification

computer systems analyst



Computer science

software applications developer



Computer science

computer programmer



Computer science

computer occupations other



Other computing

software developers - system software



Computer science





management analyst




computer information system manager



Other computing

electronic engineer




network/computer system administrator



Other computing





State-specific data

State average salary

The average salary for a computing occupation versus the average salary in the state is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (found at For average state salary, we use “Annual mean wage” for all occupations. For average salary in computing occupations, we  calculate the weighted arithmetic mean of all computing occupations (BLS codes 11-3021, 15-1100, 17-2061, and 25-1021) using the “annual mean wage” and total employment for each occupation code. That is, instead of simply finding the mean of the four occupation codes, we multiply the average salary for a given code by the number of people employed in that occupation and divide the sum of these salaries by the total number of people employed in computing occupations.  

Per-state jobs data

The number of open computing jobs in each state comes from the The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine®service (click here for more information about HWOL and their data collection methods). It represents the number of open jobs in the previous month (seasonally adjusted) for Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Category SOC “15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations”). This is a conservative estimate of the number of computing occupations as it excludes three BLS categories that include computing occupations: Computer and Information Systems Managers 11-3021, Computer Hardware Engineers 17-2061, and Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1021. However, the 15-0000 SOC also includes some mathematical occupations that are not considered computing occupations. (This is due to limitations with our agreement with the Conference Board.) This data is cross-sector.

The comparison to the state average demand rate is comparing the job demand (% open jobs/of existing jobs determined in the May 2014 BLS’s OES survey) in computing occupations vs the state average.

The national jobs data is the sum of the 50 states plus D.C.

Per-state computer science graduates

The number of CS graduates in a given state  and the percent female comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Completions Survey, obtained using the National Science Foundation (NSF) WebCASPAR tool. The table “NCES Degrees Awarded by Degree Level and Field” was formatted for 2013, bachelor’s degrees only, and public institutions or private institutions: nonprofit. data

Number of Hours of Code completed in a state comes from our Numbers of Hour of Code data (see above). IP addresses are used to determine the state.

Source data for prior infographics that we’re phasing out as new data is available

1mm more jobs than students in computing, $500B over 10 years:

From the 2010 - 2012 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,, across all industries we are adding 136,620 jobs per year in computing. Subtract 40,000 annual computer science graduates (see NSF data below) and you get roughly a gap of 100,000 jobs.

100,000 jobs adds up over 10 years to 1mm jobs, with an average salary of $80,000 (the average salary in computing), that results in:

first year: 100,000 x $80,000

2nd year: 200,000 x $80,000

3rd year: 300,000 x $80,000

10th year: 1,000,000 x $80,000

TOTAL SALARIES = $440,000,000,000  ($440 billion)

This is slightly below $500b, but it doesn't account for inflation over the next 10 years. on top of that, there are many studies that show that each new software job results in many more jobs in the neighborhood. The latest such study suggested a 4.3x multiplier in terms of generating  supporting/neighborhood jobs. With a 4.3x multiplier, we’d be talking about 5.3mm jobs over 10 years, and much more than $440b, so to be conservative we just rounded up to $500b. Here’s a very rough back of envelope analysis that suggests that the total opportunity size in this space may actually be closer to $1T in 10 years.

Note: We use the following BLS categories represent computing occupations:

All of these positions benefit from basic exposure to computer science. The latest outlook for all these occupational categories is available at and most of the list above is here: Those pages have detailed data and the most current BLS projections.

According the Conference Board, In October 2013 there were 570,000 computing job openings in the United States, making these jobs the highest demand in the US -- about 4 times more than the US average. Note that this isn't about "shortages", this is about demand and opportunity … and demand for these jobs is quite significant in every single state.

The Job/Student gap in Computer Science

The source for the job data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Projections for job openings and replacements in computing jobs is 1,366,200 jobs from 2010 - 2020. Projections for all other STEM jobs combined (engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences) is 908,700 jobs over the same period. This is a 60:40 ratio of jobs in Computing vs the rest of STEM.  The source for the students data comes from the College Board, surveying 2012 AP examination participation (see, shows that of the 1,379,585 AP math and science exams taken by US high school students in 2013, only 29,555 were computer science exams. This is a 2:98 ratio of students in computer science vs the rest of STEM

Less than 2.4 % of college students graduate with a degree in computer science

National Science Foundation data on graduation rates from college, ie 2.38% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.  Source data: spreadsheet:, which comes from this web page:   In the most recent years, the average number of CS graduates. If you look at the last three years of data, annually 40,005 students graduated with CS degrees on average, out of 1,580,382 total graduates, which is 2.5%.  The numbers peaked in 2004, a decade ago. They decline steadily until 2009. We are pretty certain that the number has climbed since 2009 but not yet reached the 2004 peak. To the best of our knowledge the NSF data has not been updated since 2009. CRA surveys show a clear growth in CS majors subsequently, they are based on surveys and not cumulative totals.

57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, but only 12% of CS degrees

National Science Foundation 2009 source data:, which comes from this web page: shows that 57% of bachelors degrees are earned by women. The same data shows that only 18% of CS degrees are earned by women. A more recent 2012-13 CRA survey shows the CS degrees by women at an even smaller 12%:

The previous version of this document (prior to early 2015) can be found here.