2017 IT Employment Gets Rolling
February 6, 2017
Net gain of 9,000 jobs in January, led by software and technology
strength in software and technology services led employment gains in the
U.S. information technology (IT) sector in Januar.
January IT sector employment grew by a net 9,000 jobs, CompTIA’s
analysis of today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation
report (#JobsReport) reveals.
The software and technology services category led the way, with an
estimated 12,500 new positions added. In 2016, IT services employment
grew by an estimated 73,900 jobs.
“The ‘everything-as-a-service’ movement which started several years ago
continues to set the pace for the industry,” said Tim Herbert, senior
vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA.
“These services drive the digital transformation now taking place in
many organizations, and they’ll continue to define the business of the
future,” Herbert continued. “Within the IT industry, executives are most
bullish on the services business, as noted in our IT Industry Outlook
Other job categories showing employment gains last month were other
information services, including search portals (+1,900); and data
processing, hosting and related services (+1,200).
had another rough month, shedding 3,800 jobs in January. Employment in
computer and electronics products manufacturing also declined last
month, losing 2,800 jobs.
The second component of the nation’s IT workforce – IT occupations
across all other industries – showed a decline of 50,000 jobs last
The IT occupation number is subject to month-to-month volatility. In
2016, for example, there were seven months of job growth in IT
occupations and five months of job losses. Even with the monthly shifts,
it is expected that most, if not all IT occupation categories will show
positive growth for the 2016 calendar year.
“It’s also important to note that declines in IT occupations reflect
more than just layoffs,” Herbert said. “The pattern for 2016 showed, on
average, the majority of separations were due to individual workers
resigning, retiring or taking some other action to end their employment;
layoffs were a secondary factor.”