If you’re in the market for a computer science job, the chances are you’re not the first to be searching.
It’s the second job category that appears to be on the rise, and with good reason: job seekers are flocking to the tech industry in large numbers.
In 2017, more than 10 million Americans sought jobs in the fields of computer science, engineering and math, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The figure is up nearly 6 percent from 2016.
And while some industries have experienced job gains in recent years, the rise of computer scientists is unique.
Computer scientists typically work on cutting-edge technology, and they are responsible for writing and designing software and hardware for computers.
They’re the ones who create the operating systems that power the internet and drive the mobile computing revolution.
The field has historically been associated with technology and computer science graduates, but as the technology of the internet has matured, so too have the skills of computer and engineering graduates.
“Computer science has always been the backbone of the technology industry,” said Mark Karpinski, director of the Computer Science Education and Research Center at the University of Washington.
“It’s what drives the innovation of companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, and it’s where the majority of the money is going.”
Computer science graduates typically are expected to have completed at least one semester of undergraduate education, and earn a degree in computer science by the end of their first year.
But as tech has grown in importance, the number of students entering the field has also increased.
In fact, the amount of computer-science graduates in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2005.
That’s partly due to the growing importance of the tech world.
As more people look to careers in technology and data analytics, the field is increasingly seeking candidates who are computer scientists, and computer scientists tend to be the most sought-after candidates.
The number of computer scientist jobs in 2017 was up nearly 20 percent from the year before, according the Bureau for Labor Statistics, which tracks the jobs market.
In 2017, the Bureau also noted that the number had risen at a faster pace than the job market as a whole, but the job opportunities have become more plentiful.
“It’s really exciting because computer science is really on the upswing, and the talent pool is really expanding,” said Steve L. Miller, president of the American Association of University Professors.
“There are a lot of people in computer-sensing areas who want to pursue this kind of work.
There are a number of areas that are hot, and a lot are getting attention.”
But computer scientists may not always be the best choice for your next job.
The BLS estimates that about 25 percent of the people applying for computer science jobs are women.
Women account for about 18 percent of computer tech jobs, according and a 2015 survey by the Computing and Information Science Association, a nonprofit that advocates for the development of new and innovative computing skills.
“The field is still predominantly male-dominated,” said Dan McConaghy, a senior research associate at the Computing, Information, Engineering and Mathematics Association.
“Women make up about 35 percent of all computer science graduate students, and about 13 percent of those in computer engineering, and almost 20 percent of women in computer software engineering.”
That’s not to say there aren’t good opportunities for women in the field.
“The most promising fields are in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence,” Miller said.
“We have a lot more opportunities for people to do things that are very hard.”
The top reasons why women may not be the right choice for computer scientists: gender bias.
According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the profession has historically favored men, with about 30 percent of full-time computer science faculty being men, according a recent survey.
And as more women have joined the profession in recent decades, the gender gap in computer sciences has widened.
Women are overrepresented in areas of computer engineering and computer programming, and only about 4 percent of scientists are women, according another survey by Computing and information Science Association.
McConaghys point to a report published by the Council of Economic Advisers last year that highlighted a number, including the high cost of hiring a woman and the potential for gender bias in the hiring process.
McConnells analysis of the report found that there are a few factors that are likely contributing to the low number of women at the top of the profession.
“There are many ways that women can get in the profession,” he said.
“A woman could be doing a computer programming job, but she could be making an audio engineer, for example.
And it’s not like we’re all trying to find those women.
It could be because they’re not in the pipeline, or they’re making fewer computer science degrees than men.”
And, if a woman is not in a position of power within the industry, there’s a risk that they may be seen as