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New Report Offers Details on Technology Industry in Kentucky

Apr 03, 2017

CompTIA Cyberstates 2017™ finds state is home to nearly 5,700 tech businesses and 50,000-plus tech professionals

Frankfort, Ky. – Technology industry employment in Kentucky recorded a modest decline in 2016, according to Cyberstates 2017™, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association.

The tech industry workforce declined by an estimated 423 jobs, a drop of less than 1 percent. Kentucky is home to an estimated 50,793 tech industry workers.

Technology occupations across all other industries in Kentucky – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 64,500 in 2016.

The tech sector accounts for an estimated 3.4 percent ($6.5 billion) of the overall state economy.

The annualized average wage for a tech industry worker in Kentucky was an estimated $69,300 in 2016, 59 percent higher than the average state wage ($43,500).

Other Key Findings

  • An estimated 5,682 tech business establishments are located in Kentucky.
  • Among the leading tech occupations in the state are application software developers (6,070), computer user support specialists (5,040) and industrial engineers (4,510).
  • The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of engineering services (+8.3 percent), computer systems design and IT services (+ 4.6 percent) and R&D and testing labs (3.8 percent).
  • Employers across the state posted an estimated 4,261 job openings for tech occupations in Q4 2016.

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

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