Written by IEEE | June 8, 2018

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Per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of computer and information technology (IT) occupations is projected to grow by 13 percent through 2026 – much faster than the average for all occupations. While growth in computer and IT-related fields is exciting, it’s not unexpected, considering that our world is one that’s increasingly dependent on technology.  

Whether it’s a piece of consumer technology – the latest and greatest phone or tablet – or an interconnected network of sensors supporting mass transportation systems, computer science and IT are critical to our world’s future.

As the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to computer science and technology, the IEEE Computer Society (CS) – comprised of the world’s leading industry and academic researchers and practitioners – is committed to being the leading provider of technical information, community services, and personalized services to the global computing community.

Through its networking, publishing, conference, education and career-development opportunities and more, the Society is essential to the international technical community and computer professionals everywhere in regard to developing and applying technology to improve global conditions.

One of the CS’ primary focuses is the development of the IEEE CS 2027 Report, a comprehensive and carefully-researched view of what the computer science and engineering landscape might look like eight years hence. The report was previously unveiled in 2014, and will be updated and re-released in 2020.  The CS’ report provides a glimpse into the future of computing and engineering, highlighting key technologies that will be critical to the computers and technologies of tomorrow.

In addition to the Society’s current core focus, over the next several years the CS will continue to produce its annual “Top 10 Technology Trends” lists, which provide a high-level overview of what are predicted to be the biggest tech trends in the year ahead; the Society’s predictions for 2018, which anticipated the rise of blockchain, digital currencies, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and more, can be viewed here.

Additionally, the CS will, as always, continue its detailed research into the areas and technologies that are key to pushing the current limits of computer science and engineering as society faces the need for new, innovative technologies that are faster, smaller, and more efficient to better manage a constantly-growing demand for data and analysis.

In addition to its former mission, goals, and projects, the IEEE Computer Society offers a forum for ideas to be exchanged and discussed through specialized, topic-specific technical communities among the world’s computing and information technology professionals.