SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Tech-related employment in California increased by more than 51,000 new workers in 2018 and the tech sector raised its contribution to the state’s economy, according to Cyberstates 2019™, the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.
Net tech employment grew by an estimated 51,567 jobs in 2018, a 3 percent increase over 20171. Since 2010 net tech employment has grown by an estimated 361,000 new jobs.
“Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across California, especially when you consider the millions of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.
“When it comes to tech jobs, California is at the top in all categories from tech workforce total, tech jobs added and innovation score. More than 1.78 million Californians have a tech-related job, contributing more than $481.7 billion to the state’s economy and median annual wages of more than $96,000,” said Kelly Hitt, director of state government affairs for CompTIA in California.
The outlook for future employment growth remains positive. California saw an 86 percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and blockchain.
Cyberstates projects the base of tech occupation employment – a subset of net tech employment will grow by 8.4 percent in California by 2026. Retirements will add even more pressure to meet the need for tech talent.
“The findings attest to a tech labor market that will remain tight as employers balance short-term needs with an eye towards the future,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “As digital-human models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges – and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow.”
Tech occupations that experienced year over year growth in California included software and web developers (+ 4.7 percent) and computer system and cybersecurity analysts (+ 3.4 percent).
Cyberstates 2019 (#cyberstates) is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, and other sources. Estimates for 2018 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The full report, with complete national, state and metropolitan level data, is available at https://www.cyberstates.org/.
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1 Net tech employment includes tech company workers in technical and non-technical positions, technical workers in other industries and self-employed technology workers.