CompTIA: Tech Workforce Grows Despite Layoffs

Published On: April 16, 2023Categories: Buzz, Uncategorized

Against the current backdrop of widespread layoffs, tech employment has added new jobs and grew in depth and breadth, according to research from CompTIA, a suburban Chicago-based trade association.

According to the organization’s annual “State of the Tech Workforce” report, net tech employment grew by 3.2% nationally in 2022, with the number of people employed in technology increasing by an estimated net new 286,400 workers. More than 9.1 million people work in tech jobs, spanning both technical and non-technical workers employed by tech companies and tech professionals who work in industries across the economy.

“In a year of even more uncertainty than usual, the tech labor market routinely defied expectations,” said Tim Herbert, chief research officer for CompTIA. “The data continues to confirm the degree to which technology underpins so many facets of business activity across the economy and the breadth of employers reliant on technical and digital skills.”

All 50 states and the District of Columbia saw increases in tech employment in 2022. Texas led the nation in net tech employment growth, adding an estimated 45,331 jobs. California (+38,186), Florida (+22,029), New York (+18,487) and Washington (+17,962) rounded out the top five states for job gains.

CompTIA forecasts a 3% increase – more than 272,000 new jobs – in tech employment for 2023. Data scientists and analysts, cybersecurity analysts and engineers, web designers and UI/UX professionals, software developers and engineers, and software quality assurance and testers are projected to see the most growth this year.

CompTIA’s “State of the Tech Workforce” report includes data on employment, wages, business establishments, job postings, workforce diversity, and emerging technology metrics.

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