As of October 8, 2010, approximately 41,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 15,400 H-1B petitions for foreign workers with advanced degrees. (http://bit.ly/H1B2011Count)
The H-1B program allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals to fill specialty occupations requiring at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Such positions include but are not limited to computer analysts and programmers, financial analysts, scientists, teachers, lawyers, doctors, architects and accountants.