The information technology sector had a good month in November, gaining 5,400 new jobs in software and technology services, and 114,000 new jobs across all other industries. But those gains came at the expense of job losses in data processing, which were down 2,100 for the month.
Overall, these numbers represent the fifth consecutive month of job growth in the IT sector, according to the IT Employment Tracker from CompTIA, the world’s largest technology association. CompTIA’s tracker is based on analysis if the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation report.
According to CompTIA, for the year, the IT sector has added 79,500 new jobs in the software and services sector, and 200,000 new jobs in IT occupations.
“With an estimated unemployment rate for IT occupations of 2.9 percent in November, the labor market for in-demand skills in many markets remains tight,” noted Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA.
But not every sector in the IT field reported a good month. As noted, data processing, hosting, and related services were down 2,100. Telecommunications-related jobs were down 2,000, and information services, including search portals, were down 800.
Still, there are some IT jobs for which the future looks bright. Among them: cybersecurity, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things.
“With security, the Internet of Things and cloud initiatives leading the discussions, we see an on-going demand for seasoned professionals with these skill sets,” noted Quy ‘Q’ Nguyen, chief executive officer at Allyance Communications, a global communication solutions provider in Irvine, CA. “IoT has tremendous momentum, cloud is constantly evolving, and security risk is a formidable concern for every business. These three components will be a major driving force for quality talent and long-term job security.”
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