Employment: Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, and Computer Scientists
Computer systems analysts, database administrators, and computer scientists held about 979,000 jobs in 2002; including about 89,000 who were self-employed. Employment was distributed among the
following detailed occupations:
|Computer systems analysts
|Network systems and data communications analysts
|Computer and information scientists, research
|All other computer specialists
Although they are increasingly employed in every sector of the
economy, the greatest concentration of these workers is in the computer
systems design and related services industry. Firms in this industry
provide services related to the commercial use of computers on a
contract basis, including custom computer programming services;
computer systems integration design services; computer facilities
management services, including computer systems or data-processing
facilities support services for clients; and other computer-related
services, such as disaster recovery services and software installation.
Many computer systems analysts, database administrators, and computer
scientists are employed by Internet service providers, web search
portals, and data-processing, hosting, and related services firms.
Others work for government, manufacturers of computer and electronic
products, insurance companies, financial institutions, and
A growing number of computer specialists, such as
systems analysts and network and data communications analysts, are
employed on a temporary or contract basis; many of these individuals
are self-employed, working independently as contractors or consultants.
For example, a company installing a new computer system may need the
services of several systems analysts just to get the system running.
Because not all of the analysts would be needed once the system is
functioning, the company might contract for such employees with a
temporary help agency or a consulting firm or with the systems analysts
themselves. Such jobs may last from several months up to 2 years or
more. This growing practice enables companies to bring in people with
the exact skills the firm needs to complete a particular project,
rather than having to spend time or money training or retraining
existing workers. Often, experienced consultants then train a company’s
in-house staff as a project develops.