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CompTIA presents the State of the Tech Workforce, the definitive guide to national, state, and metropolitan area tech workforce analytics. CompTIA aggregates mountains of data and transforms it into easy to understand visuals and actionable insights. See Methodology for reporting definition changes.
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KEY FINDINGS

8.9 million

Projected 2022 net tech employment in the U.S.

178,000

Projected 2022 net new tech jobs.

58

Diversity Index score of U.S. tech workforce vs. an overall U.S. workforce score of 56.

3.6 million

Number of postings by U.S. employers for tech job openings during 2021.

$1.8 trillion

Estimated directed economic output of the U.S. tech industry, representing 9% of the national economy.

125%

Median tech occupation wage is 125% higher than the median national wage in the U.S.

507,000

Number of tech business establishments in the U.S., an increase of 5% year-over-year.

2x

Projected growth rate for tech jobs over the next decade is nearly twice the national jobs rate.

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INTERSECTION OF TECH INDUSTRY & TECH OCCUPATION EMPLOYMENT
There are two components of the tech workforce discussion:
1). Workers employed by tech companies, which includes technical and non-technical employees, and,
2). Tech occupations, which covers technical workers employed in industries across the economy.

CompTIA’s net tech employment figure aggregates both components into a single figure (accounting for the area of overlap, and factoring in self-employed workers).

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI Burning Glass, and CompTIA; estimates for 2021
INTERSECTION OF TECH INDUSTRY & TECH OCCUPATION EMPLOYMENT
% OF WORKFORCE IN TECH
Tech industry is one of the largest employers in the country. The percentage of the overall workforce employed tech industry or in a tech occupation is a measure of its impact on state or metropolitan employment

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI Burning Glass, and CompTIA; estimates for 2021

*visualization scaled against largest value
% OF WORKFORCE IN TECH
STATE RANKING
TECH OCCUPATION WAGES
Wage percentiles provide insight into the distribution of wages across tech occupations. There are many factors that influence wages, including area of expertise, years of experience, and location.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI Burning Glass, and CompTIA; estimates for 2020
TECH OCCUPATION WAGES
Median tech wages are 92% higher than median national wages
LEADING TECH OCCUPATION JOBS
Leading tech occupations summarizes the key job roles critical to creating, deploying, leveraging, and maintaining the technology in use across the nation.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI Burning Glass, and CompTIA; estimates for 2021
LEADING TECH OCCUPATION JOBS
LEADING TECH INDUSTRY SECTORS
Leading tech industry sectors provides sizing and growth rates for the key components of the tech industry. CompTIA compiles data on 50 subsectors within the tech industry. See the full report for details.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI Burning Glass, and CompTIA; estimates for 2021
LEADING TECH INDUSTRY SECTORS
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TECH INDUSTRY (% of overall)
Economic impact is an assessment of output – the dollar value of goods and services produced during a given year (also referred to as gross regional product). This ratio compares the estimated economic impact of the tech industry relative to the overall national, state, or metropolitan area economy.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI Burning Glass, and CompTIA; estimates for 2021

*visualization scaled against largest value
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TECH INDUSTRY (% of overall)
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TECH INDUSTRY (in billions $)
DIVERSITY
The Diversity Index Score uses the Simpson’s Diversity Index methodology, a calculation of tech occupation diversity across the 7 top level race and ethnicity groups as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The tech workforce representation breakouts cover a set of core information technology occupations.
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% OCCUPATIONS
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TECH JOB POSTINGS
Job postings are a measure of employer demand for tech talent during 2021. The total figure represents job postings across the 50 tech occupations used within Cyberstates. The emerging tech job posting figure uses a basket of 15 emerging job roles and skills, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, digital business transformation, and more.

Source: EMSI Burning Glass
TECH JOB POSTINGS

DATA APPENDIX

Additional data covering employment, industry sectors, wages, economic impact, diversity, innovation and more are available within the Appendix of the PDF report. Download the full report here.

ABOUT THIS TOOL

CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the global information technology ecosystem and the tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy.

CompTIA is the world’s leading vendor-neutral IT certifying body with nearly 3.0 million certifications earned through rigorous, performance-based exams. CompTIA sets the standard for preparing entry-level candidates through expert-level professionals to succeed at all stages of their career in technology. Through CompTIA’s philanthropic arm, CompTIA develops innovative on-ramps and career pathways to expand opportunities to populations that traditionally have been under-represented in the information technology workforce.
For more information, visit comptia.org

Methodology

CompTIA compiles the State of the Tech Workforce using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI Burning Glass Technologies, Hoovers, PitchBook/NVCA, and more. Data reflects best estimates for 2021, 2022 or the most recently available data at the time of publication. Data may fluctuate due to updates or revisions by the data supplier. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) and the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System form the basis of how the tech industry and tech occupation workforce are defined in State of the Tech Workforce. The data covering tech industry and tech occupation employment is presented as primarily employer-level data, meaning employment at firms with payroll as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Certain segments of self-employed tech workers are also included. IMPORTANT NOTE: CompTIA refined the tech workforce definition for this release, so the findings will not be directly comparable to prior releases. For more detail on data sources, definitions, and data usage guidelines, please see the Methodology section of the full State of the Tech Workforce report.

USING THIS TOOL

Cyberstates can support local employers, job seekers, educators, career counselors, policy makers, economic developers, and other stakeholders answer a wide range of questions with data and insight.
CompTIA provides resources for aspiring technology professionals up to advanced practitioners and employers:

EMPLOYERS & JOB SEEKERS

  • Which states or metropolitan areas employ the most tech workers?
  • What are the trends and factors driving growth in the tech sector?

EDUCATORS & CAREER COUNSELORS

  • What are the top tech occupation opportunities in my state or metropolitan area?
  • What is the average wage for tech industry workers? How does this compare to average wages in general?

POLICY MAKERS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS

  • What is the economic impact of the U.S. tech industry? How does it compare from state-to-state?
  • What are the key metrics for assessing innovation? Which states are the leaders in tech patents and tech startups?

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