The new report Technology Information Industry Association, Cyber 2015 examined the final analysis of the state-by-state sector US technology, employment, wages, and other important economic factors in each of the 50 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Taken together, the data provides encouraging information about the growth potential of the technology industry and its positive impact on the world economy.
Here are 10 key take-aways for IT pros.
1. The tech industry is a pretty good place to be right now. The U.S. tech industry added almost 130,000 jobs, for a total of 6.5 million, in 2014. This represented the fourth year in a row of growth following the great recession. Tech industry jobs account for 5.7% of the entire private sector workforce.
2. The tech industry is growing at the same rate as the overall private sector, 2%. With that said, eight states had tech wages that were, on average, more than twice that of the overall private sector wage: California, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, North Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico. (Note that California was also among the top five states in terms of tech employment and tech employment growth, while Virginia, Arizona and New Mexico were among the bottom five states in terms of tech employment growth).
3. Want to move to a state where you’ll have the best chance of getting a job or moving up in the tech industry? The top five states by tech industry employment were:
• New York
4. With that said, you may not have to move at all: 38 states added tech jobs in 2014.
5. Four of the states taht were tops in tech industry employment were also tops in terms of tech employment growth: California, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts. Michigan rounded out the top five in this area.
6. The bottom five states in terms of tech employment growth were:
• New Mexico
• New Jersey
7. If you’re a tech industry professional, you might feel most at home in Massachusetts, Virginia, Colorado, Maryland and Washington. Those were the states with the largest concentration of tech industry workers, on a per capita basis.
8. You’re in the money, relatively speaking: Tech industry workers earned, on average, 102% more than the average private sector worker ($100,400 versus $49,600).
9.A sweaty Steve Ballmer once applauds / chanting / shouted developers, developers, developers. It was true, and that’s much more now: Developers are the lifeblood of the industry, and as such are in high demand. Nationally, when it comes to the main categories of professional work, computer systems come from a software developer in the lead, followed by specialist computer user support, analysts, software developers, systems and network administrators and computer systems.
10.Let’s pat ourselves on wood, when we say that this (the Great Recession is still fresh in our minds and all), but it seems that workers in the technology industry can rest relatively simple when it comes to job security: report found teaching positions are in high demand, with prices below the average of unemployment.