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A Digital Surge: How Tech Jobs Will Shape U.S. Employment by 2032

The next decade promises a plethora of opportunities and challenges that will redefine the tech landscape.
H. Michael Burgett
Contributing Writer

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its comprehensive employment projections for the decade spanning 2022 to 2032. Within this forecast, the tech sector emerges as a pivotal player in the U.S. employment landscape.

With the rapid evolution of technology and its increasing integration into every facet of daily life and business operations, the tech industry is poised to experience significant growth. This growth is not just in terms of new job creation but also in the evolution and transformation of existing roles to meet the demands of a digital-first world.

Here’s a focused look at the anticipated trends in the tech sector:

Tech Employment Surge

  • The computer and mathematical occupational group is projected to experience significant growth, outpacing the average employment growth rate.
  • The increasing digital presence of businesses and consumers will generate vast amounts of data, necessitating professionals to collect, organize, analyze, and secure this data.

Key Tech Occupations on the Rise

  • Jobs such as data scientists, statisticians, and information security analysts are expected to grow more than 11 times the average rate.
  • The marked surge in cyberattacks and data breaches will lead to a higher demand for cybersecurity products and services. Consequently, the information security analysts occupation is projected to grow by 31.5% over the decade, making it one of the fastest-growing occupations.

Computer Systems Design Industry

  • This industry is anticipated to be the eighth fastest-growing, with a growth rate of 1.8% annually over the decade.
  • It’s also projected to add 474,800 jobs, driven by the rising demand for information technology and cybersecurity products and services.

Data Analysis and Management

  • With the digital expansion of businesses and consumers, there will be a significant increase in data volume.
  • Occupations such as data scientists, statisticians, actuaries, and operations research analysts are each projected to grow by more than 20.0% due to the surging demand for professionals who can interpret and analyze this burgeoning data.

Renewable Energy Tech

  • As renewable energy generation expands, occupations related to its operation will also grow.
  • Employment for wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow by 44.9%, the fastest growth of any occupation for the decade. Meanwhile, solar photovoltaic installers are expected to grow by 22.3%.

Semiconductor Production

  • Despite the broader decline in production occupations due to automation, certain tech-related roles will see growth.
  • The demand for semiconductors, combined with incentives from the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act, is expected to lead to an 8.0% increase in employment for semiconductor processing technicians over the decade.

The Wrap

The tech sector in the U.S. is on the brink of a transformative decade. As technology continues to permeate every aspect of society, from the way we communicate to how businesses operate, the need for skilled professionals in the tech industry will be more pronounced than ever.

The rise of digital businesses, the urgency to address increasing cybersecurity threats, and the push towards sustainable and renewable energy technologies will collectively shape the future of employment in the tech sector.

For those considering a career in technology or those already in the field, the next decade promises a plethora of opportunities and challenges that will redefine the tech landscape.

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