Downers Grove, Ill., August 12, 2015 – The number of information technology (IT) job postings by Illinois employers jumped nearly 90 percent in the second quarter of 2015 over the prior year, according to an analysis of labor market data by CompTIA, the IT industry trade association.
Illinois employers posted 53,388 IT job openings in Q2 2015, compared to 28,312 in Q2 2014. The large majority of postings – nearly 47,000 – were in the Chicago metropolitan area.
“The number of open IT positions in Chicago, in Illinois and across the country attest to the essential role technology plays in driving economic activity, employment and innovation in virtually every industry and market,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.
IT job postings in Q2 2015 were spread across a wide swath of industries and employers, including companies in management consulting, technology services, software development, insurance, healthcare, accounting, banking, retail, education and computer and electronics manufacturing.
“In their own unique way each of these industries is using technology to transform the way business gets done,” Thibodeaux noted. “But persistent shortages of IT workers has the potential to stall growth and stifle innovation.”
Broad adoption of cloud computing solutions and mobile technologies are driving much of employers’ demand for new IT hires. Application and software development jobs account for six of the top 10 job titles listed in IT job postings. Network engineers and systems engineers and administrators are also in high demand among Illinois companies.
Illinois is home to more than 23,500 tech companies, employing nearly 228,000 individuals, according to CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2015 report. Additionally, an estimated 272,600 people hold tech jobs in other industries. The average tech industry wage in Illinois is $91,800, significantly above the average wage for all private sector jobs in the state ($52,400).
Nationally, Illinois ranks eighth among the 50 states in overall tech employment; ranks fourth if the number of tech establishments; and fourth in the number of Q2 IT job postings.
CompTIA’s philanthropic arm, the Creating IT Futures Foundation is taking on the IT workforce challenge in Illinois and elsewhere across the country through research, program development and partnering. In Illinois, the Foundation’s work includes:
- Serving as the lead entity for the IT Learning Exchange, an online public/private network of shared resources and information about IT learning, jobs and careers. The Exchange promotes academic and work-based technical learning to prepare more high school and community college students for IT careers.
- The Exchange is also active in getting long-term unemployed state residents the training, certifications and internships they need to fill open IT jobs, under the direction of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and funded with a federal Job-Driven National Emergency Grant.
- Working with Chicago Public Schools’ Early College STEM Schools, where high school students can simultaneously secure their diplomas, associate’s degrees and IT industry certifications, while gaining industry mentorship and experience. These efforts to connect local employers with students on internships, mentoring, corporate visits, classroom projects and other work-based Learning activities are funded by a grant from the Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About the Creating IT Futures Foundation and IT Futures Labs
Founded in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the Creating IT Futures Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charity with the mission of helping populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. The foundation pilots new programs through its IT Futures Labs initiative. Learn more at CreatingITFutures.org.
 Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, August 2015.