U.S. tech workforce approaching 7 million

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The U.S. technology sector added 182,000 new jobs in 2016, up nearly three percent, and approximately 10 of all new jobs added into the economy. Among the skills in top demand were data analytics, security, cloud computing and mobile.

Those are among the findings of the new report “Cyberstates 2017” from CompTIA, which looked at hiring trends in the tech sector including a state-by-state analysis of jobs added, wages paid, and skills sought.

The tech sector is approaching seven million workers, CompTIA says. Since 2010 it has added 864,420 jobs. It employs approximately four percent of the total U.S. workforce and five percent of the private sector workforce.

Analytics has been a catalyst for hiring in recent years, and analytics skills are among the most sought-after in the job market.

“Digital transformation continues to be a driving force,” according to Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “Organizations of all sizes are embracing cloud-based technology solutions, expanding their mobile presence, fortifying cyber defenses and driving decision-making through advanced data analytics.”

All of those factors are making the tech sector one of the best for overall job growth.

“Tech sector employment outpaces other notable segments of the economy, including construction, finance and insurance, transportation and warehousing, and arts, entertainment and recreation,” Herbert says.

That fact should come as no surprise, Herbert notes.

“Technology enables innovation and generates growth for companies, regardless of their size, locale or markets served,” Herbert says.

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