TABLE B.1 Comparing Recent Estimates of the Size of the Category 1, or “Core,” IT Workforce

Federal Agency/Analyst/Organization

Description of Groups Included in Estimate

Estimate of IT Workforce

Capers Jones, Software Productivity Research (1999)

1998 software occupation groups

2,034,000

U.S. Department of Commerce, Digital Workforce (1999)

1998 Current Population Survey (CPS): computer systems analysts and scientists, computer programmers (all)

2,084,000

Ellis and Lowell, “Core Occupations in the U.S. Information Technology Workforce” (1999)

1998 CPS: computer systems analysts and scientists, computer programmers (all)

2,084,000

NRC staff analysis

1998 Occupational Employment Survey (OES): estimate of Category 1 occupations

1,649,210

 

1998 and 1999 CPS: computer systems analysts and scientists, computer programmers (employed)

1,985,166 (in 1998)

2,092,866 (in 1999)

 

1998 and 1999 CPS: computer systems analysts and scientists, computer programmers, computer engineers, computer science teachers (employed)

2,363,309 (in 1998)

2,477,779 (in 1999)

Information Technology Association of America, Help Wanted (1998)

Number of positions in core IT occupations: programmers, systems analysts, computer engineers, and scientists

3,354,000

SOURCES: Jones, Capers, 1999, “The Euro, Y2K, and the US Software Shortage,” IEEE Software 16(May/June):55-61; Ellis, Richard, and B. Lindsay Lowell, 1999,“Core Occupations of the U.S. Information Technology Workforce,” IT Workforce Data Project: Report 1 (New York: United Engineering Foundation, January), available onlineat <http://www.uefoundation.org/itworkfp.html>); Department of Commerce, 1999, The Digital Workforce: Building Infotech Skills at the Speed of Innovation(Washington, D.C.: Department of Commerce, June), pp. 21-31; InformationTechnology Association of America and Virginia Tech, 1998, Help Wanted: 1998: A Call for Collaborative Action for the New Millennium(Arlington, Va.: ITAA).



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