CompTIA Cyberstates 2020™ reveals tech sector’s impact
Charleston, W.Va. – Information technology (IT) employment in West Virginia totals more than 30,000 workers, according to Cyberstates 2020™, the definitive guide to the U.S. tech industry, occupations and trends published annually by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global IT industry.
Net tech employment stood at 30,480 at the end of 2019, accounting for an estimated 4.2% of the state’s total workforce. Between 2010 and 2019 net tech employment grew by nearly 1,200 jobs. There are approximately 2,300 tech business establishments in West Virginia.
The tech sector accounts for 3.3% of the state’s total economy, an estimated $2.4 billion.
The median tech occupation wage in West Virginia is $70,780, 93% higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.
“Technology powered job growth and economic gains in the past decade in West Virginia and across the county while delivering countless benefits in how we work, communicate, create and share,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA.
“Looking ahead, the need for professionals from all backgrounds to develop, support, and protect these technologies will continue to grow,” Thibodeaux added. “In these trying times it is often difficult to think beyond today, but we must remain committed to preparing the workforce of tomorrow for success in whatever the future may hold.”
Cyberstates 2020 is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), Burning Glass Technologies, Hoovers and other sources.
Visit https://www.cyberstates.org/ for the latest data on the economic and employment impact of the U.S. tech industry.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.
 Net tech employment is a measure developed by CompTIA to encompass the two components of the tech workforce: employment within the tech industry and tech employment across all other sectors of the economy.
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525,500 – Number of tech business establishments in the U.S.
11.8 million – U.S. net tech employment at the end of 2018.
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6 – Rank of tech in U.S. job creation since 2010 among the top 22 occupation categories.