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Today, 850 million computers exist worldwide, 71% more than in 2000, according to eTForecasts, a market research form. By 2010, eTForecasts predicts 1.4 billion computers will be up and running. And, from 2000 to 2010, the worldwide share of wireless computers is expected to grow from 19% to 55%, which means that over 2 billion people -- roughly a quarter of the world -- could be online by the end of this decade.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, output by the Internet service industry is expected to grow 10.3% per year, the highest among all industries. Job growth projected in the industry from 2002 to 2012 is impressive as well, at 46.2%, which put it in the top five amongst all industries.