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How does your area rank for technology jobs? The numbers might shock you

There are 11.8 million technology industry jobs in the United States, according to CompTIA's 2018 numbers.

If you are in the technology industry — or looking to get into it — you're going to want to check out a new tool.

CompTIA has recently released an incredible interactive tool called Cyberstates™. True to CompTIA’s roots, the tool is absolutely free and chock-a-block full of incredible statistics related to the technology field. It can be viewed by state level and or metropolitan area. All of the statistics in this post were gathered from the Cyberstates™ website, and I highly encourage you to visit it after reading this blog.

I’ve spent some time going through the site and using the Interactive tools within it. Here are some share-worthy numbers that caught my attention:

The national tech story

There are 11.8 million tech jobs in the U.S., according to 2018 numbers. There were 261,000 new tech jobs created last year and 40,500 new tech companies launched. The financial contribution to the U.S. economy last year was over $1.8 trillion!

If you’re looking to get into the tech sector, the payroll numbers might solidify that decision: On average, technology jobs are paying 2x the median national wage average!

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news: Women still make up too small a percentage of those working in the tech sector.

According to the CompTIA report, only 28 percent to 39 percent of the tech workforce in 2018 was comprised of women. The state that employs the least amount of women in tech at a dismal 28 percent. The state employing the highest number of women? The District of Columbia (although, technically not a state) at 39 percent.

Those numbers are still not good enough, and we’re along way from gender parity in tech.


The winners

If you’re looking to narrow down your tech job hunt, here are some interesting stats to help you:

The top 3 states for tech jobs:

The ranking below is based on the total number of technology jobs in each state.

  • 1: California, which employs 1,782, 499 in technology jobs
  • 2: Texas, which employs 982,988 in technology jobs
  • 3: New York, which employs 663,295 in technology jobs

Looking to work someplace a little smaller but still want good access to tech jobs? The interactive map is a great place to look!

The top 3 states for job gains:

Which states are adding jobs that fastest? Here are the top 3:

  • 1: California with 51,567 jobs added in 2018
  • 2: Florida with 18,147 jobs added in 2018
  • 3: Texas with 17,855 jobs added in 2018


The losers

Here are some sobering statistics detailing the states and cities at the bottom of the pile:

The bottom three states for tech jobs:

  • 50: Wyoming with 10,106 tech jobs
  • 49: Alaska with 19,247 tech jobs
  • 48: South Dakota with 21,930 tech jobs

The bottom three states for tech job losses:

  • 50: Oklahoma lost 264 tech jobs in 2018
  • 49: Kansas lost 220 tech jobs in 2018
  • 48: Alaska lost 212 tech jobs in 2018


What to do with it

CompTIA has done the industry a great service with this interactive guide to technology employment. If you’re looking for work or talent, this is a great place to start!  

Also, if you are you a leader in the tech field looking to contribute or grow, then you absolutely should consider joining one of CompTIA’s incredible communities. You can do that by going HERE. Tigerpaw is a proud CompTIA member and we encourage you to check them out.

Finally, I have to tell you that if you’re looking to start a career in tech or make a move to a company that will take your current tech career to the next level, you should visit our Tigerpaw Careers page. We lead the tech industry with a roar and will help you release your inner tiger. Our focus on tech and culture are things you have to experience to believe.

Watch our Tigerpaw Story video and learn more about our mission and culture.

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Apr 5, 2019 9:42:00 AM / Posted by West McDonald

Tags: Industry news/trends