CompTIA Cyberstates 2017™ finds state is home to 2,000 tech businesses and 15,000-plus tech professionals
Charleston, W.Va. – Technology industry employment in West Virginia 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 124 jobs, a drop of less than 1 percent. West Virginia is still home to an estimated 15,460 tech industry workers.
Technology occupations across all other industries in West Virginia – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 19,500 in 2016.
The tech sector accounts for an estimated 2.9 percent ($2.2 billion) of the overall state economy.
The annualized average wage for a West Virginia tech industry worker was an estimated $66,400 in 2016, 60 percent higher than the average state wage ($41,500).
Other Key Findings
- West Virginia is home to an estimated 2,009 tech business establishments.
- Among the leading tech occupations in the state are computer user support specialists (1,690) and network and computer system administrators (1,050).
- The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of Internet services (+ 6 percent) and computer systems design and IT services (+ 3.4 percent).
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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