IT Sector Continues to Lead Job Growth
Recent analysis from CompTIA shows the IT sector has added more than 72,000 positions so far in 2017. In July alone, 9,600 IT jobs were added, led by 4,900 positions in IT and software services and computer system design.
“Despite the positive employment growth for the year, the job posting data suggests employer demand should translate to even more tech worker hiring,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president, research and market intelligence, CompTIA. “A combination of factors such as skills gaps, pipeline gaps, location gaps, and pay gaps can contribute to fewer workers hired than needed.”
The 9,600 jobs added by the IT sector in July outpaced new employment in several other sectors, including financial activities (+ 6,000), non-durable goods manufacturing (+ 3,000), retail trade (+ 900), and transportation and warehousing (+ 900).
IT job postings were flat for July. Software development talent continues to be the most in demand role among employers, with nearly 61,000 job postings in July. That’s more than the combined total of the next four categories.
CareerBuilder is projecting that 8,194,220 jobs will be added in the U.S. from 2017 to 2022 while 302,930 will be lost – for a net total of 7,891,290 new jobs over this time period (or 5% growth). Based on current trends, STEM-related jobs (science, technology, engineering and math) will continue to dominate the list of fastest-growing professions.
Looking at occupations that are projected to add 20,000 jobs or more from 2017 to 2022, the following are expected to grow the fastest. Three of the top eight projected fastest-growing jobs are in IT and have the highest earnings on the list:
- Personal Care Aides
- Home Health Aides
- Web Developers
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physical Therapists
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Software Developers, Applications