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Q: Computer programmers in U.S. ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Computer programmers in U.S.
Category: Computers > Programming
Asked by: rossbj-ga
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Posted: 22 Jul 2002 15:17 PDT
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Question ID: 43888
How many computer programmers are there in the United States?
Subject: Re: Computer programmers in U.S.
Answered By: googlebrain-ga on 22 Jul 2002 18:23 PDT
Hi, rossbj-ga.

As of May, 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor
Statistics ( ) says there are
approximately 562,700 computer programmers in the U.S.

Their definition of a "Computer Programmer" is as follows:

"Convert project specifications and statements of problems and
procedures to detailed logical flow charts for coding into computer
language. Develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and
retrieve specific documents, data, and information. May program web

If you wish to generate a report, or keep track of this number as it
changes in the future, you can go to their website.

From here, you must enter the Series ID for this report, which is
The heading will look something like the following.

National Employment, Hours, and Earnings Series Catalog: 
Series ID : EEU80737101 
Not Seasonally Adjusted 
Industry : Computer programming services 
SIC Code : 7371 

Additional Links:

Hecker, Daniel, "Occupational employment projections to 2010," Monthly
Labor Review, November 2001. (Page 65) 
Computer Programmers
**** Year 2000 - 585,000 (Rounded to Nearest Thousand)
**** Year 2010 (est.) - 680,000 (Rounded to Nearest Thousand)

Braddock, Douglas., "Occupational employment projections to 2008,"
Monthly Labor Review, November 1999 (Page 60)
Computer Programmers
**** Year 1998 - 648,000 (Rounded to Nearest Thousand)
**** Year 2008 - (est.) 839,000 (Rounded to Nearest Thousand)

Silvestri, George T., "Occupational employment projections to 2006,"
Monthly Labor Review, November 1997 (Page 66)
Computer Programmers
**** Year 1996 - 568,000 (Rounded to Nearest Thousand)
**** Year 2006 - (est.) 697,000 (Rounded to Nearest Thousand)

Search Strategy:

How Many programmers +are there +in +the United States

estimated number programmers united states

"Bureau of Labor Statistics" "Occupational Employment Statistics
Survey" "Computer Programmers"

Clarification of Answer by googlebrain-ga on 22 Jul 2002 18:31 PDT
I should have noted that the number for May 2002 (562,700) is still
considered preliminary. The number for April 2002 is 564,400.


Clarification of Answer by googlebrain-ga on 23 Jul 2002 07:19 PDT
I also see that the Seried ID got mangled. 

The correct Seried ID is EEU80737101
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