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THE DIGITAL ECONOMY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

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

11.8 million

net tech employment in the U.S.

261,000

number of new jobs added in tech in the past year

1.5 million

number of software and web developers – the largest and fasting growing category of tech jobs

3.7 million

number of postings for tech occupation job openings during 2018; with nearly 400,000 postings occurring in emerging tech areas

$1.8 trillion

the estimated direct economic output of the tech industry, representing 10.2 percent of the national economy

2x

The median tech occupation wage is nearly double the median national wage

525,000

number of tech business establishments in the U.S.; tech startups/new business units launched in 2018 totaled 40,500

6th

rank of tech in job creation since 2010 among the rankings of 22 top level occupation categories

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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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2018
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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2018

*visualization scaled against largest value
% OF WORKFORCE IN TECH
STATE RANKING
TECH OCCUPATION WAGES
AWage 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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2018
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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2018
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 2018
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, and CompTIA; estimates for 2018

*visualization scaled against largest value
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TECH INDUSTRY (% of overall)
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TECH INDUSTRY (in billions $)
INNOVATION
The Innovation Score is a measure of tech startups/new tech business formations + venture capital investment in the state. These metrics provide directional guidance for the degree of innovation occurring in the state.

Source: Hoovers, PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree venture capital report
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INNOVATION RANKING
TECH JOB POSTINGS
Job postings are a measure of employer demand for tech talent during 2018. 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: Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights
TECH JOB POSTINGS

DATA APPENDIX

ABOUT THIS TOOL

CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce.

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, Hoovers, PwC/CBInsights MoneyTree, and more. Data reflects the best estimates for 2018 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 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. 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?

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