8,000-plus new jobs added in 2018, according to CompTIA Cyberstates 2019™
Atlanta – Tech-related employment in the Atlanta metropolitan area increased by 8,090 new jobs in 2018, according to Cyberstates 2019™, the definitive guide to tech sector and workforce analytics released this week by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.
Net tech employment in the Atlanta market grew by 3.2 percent last year to an estimated 261,084 workers, or 9.4 percent of the region’s total workforce. Since 2010 nearly 53,000 tech-related jobs have been added to the local economy.
Atlanta ranks 10th in net tech employment and 7th in jobs added among the 46 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas covered in the report.
Tech occupations in high demand in the market include software and web developers (+4.6 percent year over year growth), computer support specialists (+3.5 percent) and network architects, administrators and support specialists (+2.3 percent).
The median tech occupation wage is $84,014; 92 percent higher than the median wage for all occupations.
The tech sector’s contribution to the local economy is estimated at $47.5 billion, equal to about 13.6 percent of the total economy. That economic impact is the 13th highest among the metro areas covered in the report.
“The tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market, especially when you consider the tens of thousands of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “Cyberstates confirms a healthy and promising future, but we can’t take it for granted. Industry, government and stakeholders across the tech landscape must continue to work together to ensure an environment where innovation can flourish and the opportunities and benefits made possible by technology are available to all.”
The outlook for future employment growth is positive. The Atlanta market saw a 67 percent increase in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies.
Cyberstates projects the Atlanta area’s base of tech occupation employment – a subset of net tech employment – will grow by 8.7 percent by 2026.
Cyberstates 2019 (#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 2018 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The full report, with complete national, state and metropolitan level data, is available at https://www.cyberstates.org/.
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 Net tech employment includes tech company workers in technical and non-technical positions, technical workers in other industries and self-employed technology workers.