Industries at a Glance

Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services: NAICS 518

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About the Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services subsector

The data processing, hosting, and related services subsector is part of the information sector.

Industries in the Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services subsector group establishments that provide the infrastructure for hosting and/or data processing services.

North American Industry Classification System

The data processing, hosting, and related services subsector consists of a single industry group, Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services: NAICS 5182.

NOTE: There was a change in the definition of this subsector between NAICS 2002 and NAICS 2007. The NAICS 2002 subsector Internet Service Providers, Web Search Portals, and Data Processing Services has been redefined in NAICS 2007 as Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services. Some of the data below reflect the 2002 definition and some reflect the 2007 definition. See the BLS implementation schedule for NAICS 2007 to find out which BLS programs have already implemented NAICS 2007.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in data processing, hosting, and related services. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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2014
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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274.2 275.3 (P) 276.5 (P) 277.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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225.5 224.9 (P) 225.3

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Computer programmers

7,500

Computer support specialists

21,500

Computer systems analysts

18,390

Software developers, applications

17,600

Software developers, systems software

8,690

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for data processing, hosting, and related services.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2014
Aug.
2014
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$33.85 $34.13 $34.33 (P) $34.48

Average weekly hours

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38.4 38.3 38.5 (P) 38.5

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2014
Aug.
2014
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$30.01 $29.73 $29.47 (P) $29.27

Average weekly hours

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37.8 38.2 38.2 (P) 38.1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Computer programmers

$36.30 $36.74 $75,500 $76,420

Computer support specialists

$23.44 $25.37 $48,760 $52,770

Computer systems analysts

$39.95 $41.40 $83,090 $86,110

Software developers, applications

$43.95 $44.60 $91,420 $92,770

Software developers, systems software

$46.75 $47.82 $97,240 $99,460

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in data processing, hosting, and related services. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

(1) 0.6 0.6 0.7

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

(1) 0.2 0.2 0.3

Cases involving days away from work

(1) 0.1 0.2 0.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

(1) 0.1 0.1 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Industry scope changed in 2009

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in data processing, hosting, and related services.

Establishments

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2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014
2nd quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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15,389 15,600 (P) 15,958 (P) 16,300

Local government

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106 105 (P) 103 (P) 105

State government

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42 41 (P) 41 (P) 40

Federal government

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1 1 (P) 1 (P) 1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See internet service providers, web search portals, and data processing service in the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: December 19, 2014

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