Tech Jobs Gaining Speed Across Non-Tech Industries
Ten years ago, the majority of tech jobs existed solely within the technology industry. But the fast pace of today's digital world has companies across all industries striving to be a tech company of sorts.
Glassdoor analyzed job listings from the last five years to determine how much the distribution of software jobs has shifted among industries and cities. They found the following major shifts:
- Software jobs are spreading to non-tech sectors. The share of software jobs has risen sharply in three industries since 2012: Retail, Banking & Financial Services, and Manufacturing. Meanwhile, the share has fallen in the Computer Software & Hardware industry and in Aerospace & Defense.
- Software jobs are spreading out from Silicon Valley. The share of software jobs has risen rapidly in Seattle, Washington D.C., Detroit, Denver and Austin since 2012. Meanwhile, the share has fallen sharply in San Jose, in the heart of tech-centric Silicon Valley.
- Based on the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, tech jobs are 30% more dispersed among non-tech industries now than they were in 2012.
The industry with the biggest gain in software jobs in the last five years is Retail, which comes as no surprise with the amount of stores moving into online sales.
When it comes to metros leading the pack with largest software job gains since 2012, Seattle tops the list as the home to tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. The distribution of software hiring shows a consistent theme of slowly expanding outward from Silicon Valley, and toward smaller, more affordable metro areas with fast-growing clusters of tech employers.