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Software and applications developers still reign as most in-demand

Software and application developers continue to be the most in-demand professionals in the IT workforce, with an estimated 90,500 job postings for these workers opened in March.

That is the finding of workforce analysis by industry association group CompTIA, which looked at overall job trends for that month as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Other tech positions companies were looking to fill included computer user support specialists (with 24,700 job postings), computer systems engineers and architects (with 21,900 job postings), computer systems analysts (with 18,300 job postings) and IT project managers (with 17,700 post postings).

The U.S. tech sector added 16,000 new jobs in March, its strongest month for hiring so far this year, according to an analysis by CompTIA. New hiring in technology services, custom software development and computer systems design led the way, growing by an estimated 11,500 new hires, CompTIA’s analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation” report finds.

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“Employer demand for these skills aligns with investments in technology,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence. “Technology services and software account for nearly half of spending in the U.S. tech market. As cloud computing continues to expand its footprint, along with advances in edge computing, 5G wireless networks and other infrastructure technologies, expect to see continued strong demand for technology professionals in the services and application and software development realms.”

Employment in the category of computer and electronic products manufacturing increased by 2,100 jobs in March, which Herbert said was a bright spot in a month where overall durable goods manufacturing was down 7,000 positions.

Job gains were also reported in the categories of data processing, hosting and related services (up by 1,600 jobs); and other information services, including search portals (up by 900 jobs). Telecommunications employment declined by an estimated 100 jobs.

The unemployment rate for IT occupations was 1.9 percent in March. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged last month at 3.8 percent.

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