The technology industry is among the fastest growing and highest paying sectors in New York City today, representing nearly 300,000 jobs and $30 billion in wages annually.
Employment in tech in New York City grew by 57% between 2007 and 2014 – nearly 6 times faster than citywide employment overall.
The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. U.S. universities are only expected to produce enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.
Computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average.
Average earnings in the field are 75% higher than the average salary nationwide.
9 out of 10 US schools don’t offer computer programming classes
As of 2011, less than 5% of U.S. high schools offered the Advanced Placement test in Computer Science, down 25% over the previous five years.
Only 29.4% of AP Computer Science test-takers in New York City in 2014 were girls only 6.4% of AP Computer Science test takers in New York City in 2014 were African American students and only 12.5% were Hispanic.