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Software and Applications Programmers

Job Prospects

Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.

  • Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Software and Applications Programmers is expected to be above average (between 25,001 and 50,000). Job openings count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce). Further information about job openings and projected employment growth is available on the Help page.
  • Employment for this occupation rose very strongly (in percentage terms) in the past five years and rose strongly in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Software and Applications Programmers to November 2020 is expected to grow very strongly.
  • This is a very large occupation (98,300 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
  • Software and Applications Programmers have a high proportion of full-time jobs (92.4 per cent). For Software and Applications Programmers working full-time, average weekly hours are 38.7 (compared to 40.2 for all occupations) and earnings are high - in the ninth decile. Unemployment for Software and Applications Programmers is below average.
  • The most common level of educational attainment for Software and Applications Programmers is Bachelor degree (61.4 per cent).
  • Software and Applications Programmers are mainly employed in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety.

Key Indicators

Key Indicators graph - see table below for a summary

This table shows how this occupation compares with other occupations on 9 key measures: employment size; full-time share of employment; earnings; unemployment; employment growth over the past 2, 5 and 10 years; future growth (projected growth rate over 5 years); and future job openings (estimated number of vacancies due to employment growth and turnover). The Future Growth indicator is based on growth in percentage terms, while the Future Job Openings indicator is based on an estimated number of vacancies. A small occupation with a strong Future Growth score may have a weak Job Openings score, while a large occupation with a weak Future Growth score may have a strong Job Openings score, as even a small percentage change can result in a relatively large number of new jobs.

IndicatorLevelDecile
How many workers are employed in this occupation?98,30010
How many work full-time (% share)?92.49
What are the weekly earnings for full-time workers ($ before tax)?16139
How does unemployment compare with other occupations?below average2
What has been the long-term employment growth - 10 years (%)?28.97
What has been the medium-term employment growth - 5 years (%)?28.59
What has been the short-term employment growth - 2 years (%)?13.68
What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?very strong growth9
What will be the level of future job openings?above average8

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