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North Carolina Technology Industry Added More than 10,000 Jobs in 2017, Tech Contributes Nearly $40 Billion in Economic Impact to State

Mar 27, 2018

CompTIA Cyberstates 2018 finds North Carolina ranks 14th in overall tech employment

Raleigh, N.C.Employment in North Carolina’s technology industry expanded by an estimated 10,100 jobs in 2017 and contributed $39.3 billion to the state’s economy, according to Cyberstates™ 2018, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry published today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology industry association. North Carolina ranks seventh nationally in year-over-year job growth.

With 335,500 workers, North Carolina ranks 14th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in net tech employment.[1] This accounts for 6.9 percent of the state’s total workforce. The average tech industry wage in North Carolina is $95,600, compared to the state’s average private sector annual wage of $48,110.

The tech sector is responsible for an estimated 8.3 percent ($39.3 billion) of the overall state economy. The state is home to some 16,968 tech business establishments.

North Carolina ranked 14th in Cyberstates Innovation Score in 2017. This ranking is based on a state-by-state per capita analysis of tech startups/new tech business formations + venture capital.

The state also saw a 28.4 percent jump in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies – – such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality, and blockchain.

In total, North Carolina employers posted 90,200 jobs for technology positions last year.

Leading tech occupations in North Carolina include software and web developers (37,970 positions, up 4.2 percent last year), computer system and information security analysts (27,760 jobs, up 4.7 percent) and network architects, administrators., and support specialists (23,370 jobs, up 2.9 percent).

The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of software (packaged) (+ 10.2 percent) and IT services and custom software services (+ 5.5 percent).

Cyberstates 2018 (#cyberstates) is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, and other sources. Estimates for 2017 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The complete Cyberstates 2018 report, with complete national, state and metropolitan level data, is available at

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Preston Grisham                                                       

[1] Net tech employment includes tech industry workers in technical and non-technical positions, technical workers in other industries and self-employed technology workers.

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  • $1.8 trillion – Estimated direct economic impact of the U.S. tech industry, representing 10.2% of the national economy.

  • 525,500 – Number of tech business establishments in the U.S.

  • 11.8 million – U.S. net tech employment at the end of 2018.

  • 89,500 – Estimated number of new jobs added by the U.S. tech sector through the first eight months of 2019.

  • 6 – Rank of tech in U.S. job creation since 2010 among the top 22 occupation categories.