CompTIA Cyberstates 2017™ finds state ranks 19th in tech employment
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri’s technology industry employment grew by 3 percent in 2016 as employers added an estimated 3,233 new jobs, according to Cyberstates 2017™, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association.
With an estimated 112,073 workers, Missouri ranks 19th among the 50 states in tech industry employment.
Technology occupations across all other industries in Missouri – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 134,400 in 2016.
The tech sector accounts for an estimated 5.9 percent ($17.3 billion) of the overall Missouri economy.
The annualized average wage for a tech industry worker in Missouri was an estimated $86,900 in 2016, 90 percent higher than the average state wage ($45,800).
Other Key Findings
- Missouri ranks 35th among all states in the Cyberstates 2017 Innovation Score, which is based on an analysis of new tech patents, tech startups and new tech business establishments on a per capita basis.
- The state is home to an estimated 8,029 tech business establishments.
- The tech industry employs an estimated 4.1 percent of the overall state workforce.
- Leading tech occupations include computer user support specialists (13,720), application software developers (11,660) and computer systems analysts (10,560).
- The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of computer systems design and IT services (+ 6.8 percent) and R&D and testing labs (+ 3.4 percent).
- Employers posted an estimated 9,385 job openings for tech occupations in Q4 2016.
“The Cyberstates data affirms the strength and vitality of Missouri’s tech industry, and attests to its essential standing in the economy,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “Technology enables innovation and generates growth for companies, regardless of their size, locale or markets served.”
Cyberstates 2017 is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, and other sources. Estimates for 2016 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The complete report with full national, state and metropolitan level data is available at http://www.cyberstates.org/.
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