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Tech Employment in Georgia Expands by Nearly 10,000 Net New Jobs

Apr 21, 2020

CompTIA Cyberstates 2020™ report reveals tech’s impact in the Peach State

Atlanta – Information technology (IT) employment in Georgia grew by nearly 10,000 net new jobs in 2019, capping a decade in which the state’s tech-related labor force expanded by more than 74,000 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 increased by an estimated 9,746 workers in 2019, up 2.7% over 2018.[1]

Between 2010 and 2019 tech employment in Georgia grew by 25.4%. Tech workers now make up 7.7% of the state’s workforce.

At more than $53 billion – the 11th highest total in the country – the tech sector is responsible for 10% of Georgia’s total economy. Only the government and manufacturing sectors contribute more than tech to the state economy.

“Technology powered job growth and economic gains in the past decade in Georgia 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.”

Georgia ranks 12th nationally in net tech employment, 10th in the total number of jobs added last year and 19th in the year-over-year percentage increase in jobs from 2018 to 2019.

“The labor market for technology professionals was extremely tight during 2019, with unemployment nationwide at historic lows throughout periods of the year,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “This speaks to the broad-based demand for tech talent across regions, industries and employers looking to capitalize on innovation that was once in the realm of science fiction, but increasingly reality.”

In fact, positions in emerging technologies accounted for 18.2% of all tech job postings in Georgia last year.

More from Cyberstates 2020

  • The estimated median tech occupation wage in Georgia is $82,783. That is 99% higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.
  • The Atlanta metro area recorded a 28.6% increase in net tech employment between 2010 and 2019, an estimated 60,270 jobs.
  • Atlanta added 7,900 net new tech jobs last year, the eighth highest total among metro regions.
  • With 271,000-plus workers Atlanta is 10th nationwide in net tech employment.
  • The tech sector leads all industries in its share of the Atlanta area economy – $48.4 billion, or 13.3% of the total.

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.

About CompTIA
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.

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[1] 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.

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