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CompTIA presents Cyberstates™, the definitive guide to national, state, and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics. Cyberstates aggregates mountains of data and transforms it into easy to understand visuals and actionable insights.
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KEY FINDINGS

6.9 million

number of workers employed in the U.S. tech industry

626,560

number of postings for tech occupation job openings during Q4 2016

$108,900

average annual wages of U.S. tech industry workers, more than double the average national wage

182,220

the number of net new jobs added by the tech industry, driven largely by gains in the IT services and custom software services category (+108,930 jobs)

492,550

number of tech business establishments

7.3 million

number of tech occupation workers employed across industries in the U.S. economy

$1.3 trillion, or 7.5 percent

the estimated direct contribution of the tech industry to the U.S. economy

52,434

the number of tech patents granted during the most recently available year for patent data

INTERACTIVE MAP

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Use this interactive map to explore the tech sector in states and key metro areas across the United States.

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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.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016
INTERSECTION OF TECH INDUSTRY & TECH OCCUPATION EMPLOYMENT
% OF WORKFORCE IN TECH INDUSTRY
The tech industry is one of the largest employers in the country. The percentage of the overall workforce employed in the tech industry is a measure of its impact on state or metropolitan employment

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016

*visualization scaled against largest value
% OF WORKFORCE IN TECH INDUSTRY
STATE RANKING
TECH INDUSTRY AVERAGE WAGES
Average wages provide a top-level snapshot of compensation in the tech industry, and how it compares to the overall wage in the state or metropolitan. There are many factors that can affect average wage data and how it’s interpreted. See the wage background summary of the full Cyberstates report for more detail.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016
TECH INDUSTRY AVERAGE 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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016
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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016
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. 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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2015

*visualization scaled against largest value
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TECH INDUSTRY (% of overall)
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TECH INDUSTRY (in billions $)
NUMBER OF PATENTS
CompTIA’s approach to innovation in Cyberstates entails an assessment of tech patents granted and the number of tech startups and new tech business establishments. This serves as a proxy for the degree t which a state or metropolitan area is driving innovation.

Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Hoovers, and CompTIA; estimates for 2015
INNOVATION: TECH PATENTS GRANTED
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INNOVATION RANKING (per capita)

ABOUT THIS TOOL

CompTIA

The not-for-profit Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the world's leading technology association, with approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, over 100,000 registered users and more than 2 million IT certifications issued. CompTIA is dedicated to serving the tech industry and tech workforce through education and training programs, market intelligence, advocacy, social innovation, and more.

Methodology

CompTIA compiles Cyberstates using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), Burning Glass Technologies, and Hoovers. Data reflects the best estimates for 2016 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 Cyberstates. The data covering tech industry and tech occupation employment is presented as employer-level data, meaning employment at firms with payroll as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Self-employed tech workers are covered separately in the full Cyberstates report. For more detail on data sources, definitions, and data usage guidelines, please see the methodology section of the full Cyberstates report.
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USING THIS TOOL

Cyberstates can support local employers, job seekers, educators, career counselors, policy makers, economic developers, and other stakeholders as they answer the following questions:

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?

MEDIA RESOURCES

COMPTIA MEDIA CONTACTS
Steven Ostrowski, Director, Corporate Communications
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Preston Grisham, Senior Manager, Public Policy Communications
202.682.4458
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