The number of new tech jobs enabling telecommuting has skyrocketed by more than three-quarters as employers broaden their search for tech talent.
CompTIA’s latest State of the Tech Workforce Report reveals that more than a million tech jobs posted in 2021 offered a work-from-home (WFH) or hybrid work option, representing a 77% increase in remote tech jobs compared to 2019.
The data points to a “significant shift in thinking about the workplace,” the report said, fueled by pandemic-era telecommuting and the growing acceptance among employers that IT and tech workers can do much of their work outside the office. to carry out.
Overall, more than a quarter (28%) of US tech job openings in 2021 offered remote work. Nationally, employers counted more than 3.5 million vacancies for IT professions. Nearly three in ten vacancies were for jobs in emerging technologies or requiring new technical skills.
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Overall, employment in the U.S. tech sector grew by 80,000 in 2021, CompTIA found. Looking ahead, CompTIA predicts that as many as 178,000 new tech jobs will be created in the US by 2022 as demand for IT professionals shows no signs of slowing down. Data scientists and analysts, cybersecurity professionals, software developers, and computer and information researchers will top the list of occupations expected to experience strong growth in 2022.
“The data speaks to the ever-evolving tech workforce and its far-reaching impact on the economies of the national, state and metro regions,” said Tim Herbert, chief research officer at CompTIA.
“As always, the results are impressive, but also a reminder of the collective effort of workers, employers, educators and industry and government organizations to build and maintain a healthy, dynamic technical workforce.”
The pandemic exposed gaps in enterprises, supply chains and work practices that could fill more agile startups: CompTIA found that the number of tech companies grew by 5.3% in 2021 — the equivalent of 25,500 companies.
All 50 US states have expanded their base of tech companies, from startups launching new ventures to established tech companies expanding into another business unit or expanding other states, the report found.
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Technology-related employment rose in 44 states in 2021. Texas turned out to be the biggest creator of technology jobs last year, with 10,851 new job openings. This was followed by Florida, which created 10,522 new tech jobs, followed by California (5,165), North Carolina (5,004) and Washington (4,469). The top states for job growth were Nevada (+3.3%), Tennessee (+2.9%), Rhode Island (+2.9%), Idaho (+2.7%) and Wyoming (+2.6%) .
At the metro level, employers in the Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington area added more technology workers (5,321) by 2021 than any other market in the country, CompTIA found. This was more than double that of the next closest market, Seattle, which added 2,651 tech jobs. Denver, Miami, Austin and Salt Lake City also posted “impressive” growth.
The 2022 report shows that there was little change in the characteristics of the tech workforce, with one exception: the representation of Hispanic or Latino workers in tech occupations increased from 7% nationally in 2020 to 8% in 2021.
According to CompTIA, nearly 8.7 million people work in technology-related occupations in the US, and “tens of millions more” as digital knowledge workers. The tech industry accounts for 9.3% of direct value in the US economy – representative of a whopping $1.8 trillion.
The report also revealed that 27 US states have a technology sector that generates $10 billion or more in direct economic impact.