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IT Jobs on the Rise in Non-Tech Industries

In their recent report, Beyond Tech: The Rising Demand for IT Skills in Non-Tech Industries, Oracle Academy and Burning Glass Technologies examine how the demand for computer science skills is spreading throughout the job market.

They found that nine in 10 IT jobs fall outside the traditional tech industry today. This chart breaks that down a bit more with a few common IT roles as examples.

IT Jobs on the Rise in Non-Tech Industries

Other key findings from the report:

  • IT jobs are large and growing — especially outside of the tech industry. In 2018 there were 6.9 million online IT job openings, accounting for 24% of all online job openings. The vast majority of openings, 89%, were in non-tech industries. Between 2013–2018, IT job growth in the tech sector was 40%; outside of tech, IT job growth jumped 65%.
     
  • IT jobs are in high demand across the non-tech sector. The professional services, manufacturing, and financial services industries are the largest in terms of absolute demand for IT jobs, accounting for about half of all IT openings in the non-tech sector. 
     
  • IT jobs in non-tech industries are more accessible than in the tech sector. In the tech sector, 89% of IT jobs require a bachelor’s degree, compared to 76% in non-tech industries. There are also greater opportunities for entry-level workers to begin their IT careers outside of tech: 29% of openings in non-tech industries request two years of work experience or less, compared with only 16% in tech.
     
  • IT careers are highly lucrative across all sectors. IT jobs both in and out of the tech sector pay substantially more than non-IT jobs, with salary premiums of $20,000 or more. On average, IT workers can make 19% more than non-IT workers, or $802,129 over the course of a career. 

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