The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) recently released it’s 17th annual Cyberstates report – providing a complete overview of the U.S. high-tech job market. In 2015, the high-tech industry experienced its highest growth rate in the past decade, as 46 states recorded net growth in tech jobs. This growth was fueled by positive trends in custom computing programming services, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and greater numbers of organizations going on the offensive with cybersecurity.
CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2016 report represents the only comprehensive look at tech employment, wages and other key economic factors on a national and state-by-state basis, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In response to the recent CompTIA release, President and CEO of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, Jonathan Whitt, called for local attention to the insights and statistics presented in the report:
“The 2016 Cyberstates report continues to emphasize the importance of technology occupations to Virginia’s economy and that of our region. The average technology wage in Virginia is 106% higher (more than double) the average private sector wage. Our region continues to produce highly skilled employees in software development, engineering services, computer systems design, and number of other occupations that are helping drive Virginia’s economy forward. This report highlights a number of interesting findings and is extremely useful to those in economic and workforce development, career changers, and students eyeing the best paying jobs right now and in the immediate future. The RBTC is pleased to partner with CompTIA in the release of this report.”