Hiring in IT Services Paces U.S. Tech Industry Employment Growth

The U.S. tech sector is seeing impressive growth in both demand and employment for the IT workforce, according to some new studies and reports.

These areas have recorded employment growth in each of the past five months, according to analysis by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.

Industries with significant numbers of job openings for IT professionals in April included professional, scientific, and technical services, finance and insurance, manufacturing, information, retail trade, public administration, health care and social assistance, educational services, and transportation and warehousing.

The CompTIA report showed similar progress. Highlights include:

  • All five tech occupation categories showed employment growth last month, led by new hiring in IT services and custom software development (+6,200)

  • Information services, including search engines (+3,400)

  • Telecommunication (+3,300)

  • Computer and electronic products manufacturing (+2,100)

  • Data processing, hosting and related services (+1,600)

  • The latest job posting data shows that California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and Florida had the largest month-over-month increase in IT job postings

  • Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Sacramento had the strongest performance among metropolitan areas

  • Other regions have seen strong demand for IT workers so far this year, including:

    • Charlotte (18,543 IT job postings)

    • Baltimore (16,182)

    • Detroit (16,050)

    • Raleigh (14,712)

    • Tampa (13,542)

    • St. Louis (12,092)

    • Portland, Ore. (11,990)

    • Columbus, Ohio (11,102)

“As employers increase hiring activity, expect more tech workers to explore their career options,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “In a competitive labor market, companies will need to be even more diligent in their approach to work practices and corporate culture in retaining tech talent.”

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Source: CompTIA