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2. Software developers and programmers

2. Software developers and programmers

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  • Number of employees: 1,666,270
  • Mean annual wage: $104,480
  • Projected employment change: 16.2%
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree

Employment growth for software developers and programmers is expected to outpace employment growth for all occupations, and the mean annual wage is about twice as high as the national average. Software developers and programmers create, modify, and test the code, forms, and scripts needed for computer applications such as websites and systems-level software. They also analyze user needs and create solutions using software.

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