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Software and data professionals that are looking to land a new job in their fields this year are reminded that the best opportunities are with vendor companies.

Indeed, while the technology sector has added 48,900 tech positions over the past 12 months, IT employment across all sectors of the economy is down 90,000 jobs. That is the finding of IT organization CompTIA, in evaluating the latest job numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CompTIA had identified this trend in its last jobs analysis, but the gap grew from May to June. During that timeframe, the technology sector added 6,000 new jobs in IT and software services and computer systems design. That was followed by computer, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing (5,100 jobs gained); telecommunications (3,200 jobs gained); data processing and hosting and related services (1,100 jobs gained); and other information services (600 jobs gained).

Contrast those numbers with the decline in job postings for the top five IT jobs across all industries. The greatest decline was for software and applications developers, down 35,400 between May and June. Job postings for computer user support specialists were down 9,800 for the same period. Next was computer systems engineers and architects, down 8,400 postings; computer systems analysts, down 7,000; and information technology project managers, down 6,200.

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While those numbers may seem disappointing, hiring in the technology ranks does go in cycles, but follows a growth pattern over the long-term.

“Despite the mixed bag of results in the tech labor market over the past several months, demand for tech talent remains strong,” noted Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “There will always be a degree of volatility in BLS data from month to month. Over the long term, we expect the growth trajectory to continue.

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