Archive for the ‘Economics’ Category

Software publishers employ a small fraction of software programmers and engineers

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

The availability of free software platforms may be more important to the economy than some U.S. policy makers acknowledge or appreciate.

Software publishers employ only 4 percent of the BLS defined category for “Computer and Mathematical Occupations,” and just 4.9 percent of occupation code for computer programmers. In the BLS category for “Software Developers, Applications,” just 8.1 percent work in the “Software Publishing” sector. This suggests the role of commercial software applications is only a relatively small element of value added work involving software.

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

BLS Occupation Code Software Publishers Other Employers Total Employment Percent working for Software Publishers
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations (Major Group) 129940 3154010 3283950 4.0%
15-1131 Computer Programmers 16420 317200 333620 4.9%
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications 40300 458980 499280 8.1%
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software 25240 353680 378920 6.7%
15-1111 Computer and Information Research Scientists 1470 23430 24900 5.9%
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts 8330 487470 495800 1.7%

Changes in productivity and employment in 13 information sectors

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

The following are BLS estimates of the changes in output per person and employment in the United States for 13 4-digit NAICS information industry sectors.

See too: U.S. employment and wages in 14 information sectors, which suggests U.S. trade policy on intellectual property rights in the information sector favors lower wage industries over higher wage industry, and includes this graphic: