IT Services, Other Tech Sectors See Jobs Growth

By Dennis McCafferty

Employment in the U.S. tech industry increased last year, according to a recent report released by CompTIA. The report, titled "Cyberstates 2015," indicates that the growth is supported by a number of sectors, including IT services, R&D/testing/engineering and telecommunications/Internet services. The only exception is tech manufacturing, which experienced a slight dip last year. Not all the news is good, however, as salaries for tech industry workers—especially those employed by software companies—actually fell, as calculated by adjusting for inflation. Still, the average tech industry employee makes more than twice the amount of other U.S. private sector professionals, an encouraging finding. "The U.S. tech industry continues to make significant contributions to our economy," stated Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. "With annual average wages that are more than double that of the private sector, we should be doing all we can to encourage the growth and vitality of our nation's tech industry." The report also includes detailed, state-by-state breakdowns of the employment data. The research is based primarily on data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-23