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New Report Offers Details on Technology Industry in North Dakota

Apr 03, 2017

CompTIA Cyberstates 2017™ finds state is home to 1,200 tech businesses and 12,000-plus tech professionals

Bismarck, N.D. – Technology industry employment in North Dakota was essentially flat 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 53 jobs, a drop of less than 1 percent. North Dakota is still home to an estimated 12,578 tech industry workers.

Technology occupations across all other industries in North Dakota – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 13,900 in 2016.

The tech sector accounts for an estimated 3.5 percent ($2 billion) of the overall state economy.

The annualized average wage for a tech industry worker in North Dakota was an estimated $78,600 in 2016, 59 percent higher than the average state wage ($49,400).

Other Key Findings

  • An estimated 1,257 tech business establishments are located in North Dakota.
  • Among the leading tech occupations in the state are computer user support specialists (1,380) and application software developers (1,240).
  • The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of packaged software (+ 8.4 percent) and computer systems design and IT services (+ 2.1 percent).
  • Employers across North Dakota posted job openings for 940 technology positions 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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