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CompTIA Dives Deep Into U.S. Tech Sector Employment

The release of CompTIA's annual Cyberstates reports has Ed Tittel in an IT employment state of mind for the second week in a row. There's an enormous amount of excellent data available.

U.S. IT employment concept globeFirst things first: The new Cyberstates 2017 report compiled by IT industry association CompTIA is MASSIVE, coming in at 135 pages in my PDF viewer. That's a veritable mountain of data about IT employment in the United States. If you want to dig in, then be prepared to devote some time to doing so, because it takes a while even just to flip through its voluminous content.


Those with only casual interest in the topic may prefer the Cyberstates Tool instead: It’s an interactive front-end to the data compiled in the afore-cited report. Users can fiddle around and explore the topics that interest them, while blithely ignoring what doesn’t.


Either way, though, there’s a LOT of fascinating stuff in here. Enough, in fact, that I can’t do justice to the breadth and scope of its coverage in a single blog post.


Today, therefore, I’m going to flesh out some coverage elements that are of particular interest to the overall tech sector employment situation in the United States. CompTIA has done an excellent job of laying that out in the early pages of the report — and making that same information accessible state-by-state in the tool as well.


Components of the Tech Workforce Discussion


Starting on page 5 of the Cyberstates report, CompTIA Launches into an analysis of the tech workforce in the United States. I’m going to summarize that discussion here, because it does as good a job of explaining what working in tech means. Also because the discussion is as involved as anything else I know about, online or in print.


Here’s a bulleted summary of that discussion, which serves as the meat for this week’s blog post, along with some illustrative figures:


● Two components make up the bulk of the tech sector workforce: First, tech sector employment encompasses all workers employed at tech companies, including both technical and supporting positions. Second, tech occupation employment includes technology professionals employed at other organizations that run the gamut from banks and hospitals to utility companies and retail outlets.
● According to CompTIA, “the tech sector is the largest employer of tech occupations” (pg. 6).


Here’s a Venn Diagram that shows how this plays out with current numbers. For context, these numbers dwarf what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Service reports on as constituting the “Information” sector, which currently stands at just under 2.9 million workers:


Ed T Figure 1 April 14 2016

Source: Cyberstates 2017 by CompTIA